FAU College Assessment of Readiness for Entering Students (CARES)
is given to all incoming First-Time Freshmen during the early part of the Fall semester.

Our hope is to provide students with
                            valuable feedback about their readiness
                                                                        for the FAU Experience!

After completing the assessment, students were provided with a unique set of TIPs based on their individual responses to assessment questions. Below we have made these TIPs available for students who were unable to take FAU CARES this fall .

Tips as provided in the FAU CARES Assessment

Learning in college can be more challenging than most students realize Whether you know ahead of time you are taking a difficult course or you are surprised that a class that “sounds easy” is not, don’t despair. There are plenty of resources and people on campus to help you. At the first sign of difficulty, seek help!

Here are a few tips to help you succeed:

               In high school, your teachers probably gave you all (or most of) the information you needed to be successful.  In college, it becomes your responsibility to collect and learn material – both inside and outside the classroom. About 1/3 of students stated that they had difficulty adjusting to the style of teaching at the university level and 45% of students said they found the standard of work required at the university much higher than they expected (Yorke & Longden, 2004).

Want to learn how to make this transition easier?

Go to www.fau.edu/uas/faas_survivaltips.php .

                        •  Expect the Unexpected! Responsibilities, commitments and unexpected events can negatively influence what happens to you in college. Sometimes things simply can’t be controlled or planned. If you run into a problem getting to class, contact your instructors as soon as possible (see your syllabus for their contact information). By the way, it never hurts to set an extra alarm clock or have a bus schedule on hand.

               • Ever felt like just sleeping in? Or ever wanted to hit the beach and forget the books? There will be times when you just don’t feel like going to class. Maybe you were up late the night before or don’t feel great or there are other things you want or need to do. Keep in mind that students who attend class (even when they don’t want to) are more likely to do well in the course. If you MUST miss a class, getting the notes you missed is a good start – but it does NOT take the place of being there yourself. But there is just no substitute for being there.       

                In high school, did you only “study” when you had a test coming up? Or did you “do homework” to only complete a specific assignment? In college, you will need to devote time to studying even when there is no specific assignment due. Daily study time should include completing assigned readings, reviewing your notes from class or answering questions at the end of a chapter (even when the work won’t be collected by your instructor). Plan to study AT LEAST 2 hours for every hour spent in class. (If you are taking 13 credits, that means 26 hours of study per week!) You should set aside the specific study times in your weekly schedule just as you do class or work times.

For tips about how to study more effectively, visit:

Need information on a specific area? Click on the links below:

My First Semester at FAU

Managing My Time

Dealing with Common First Semester Challenges

Staying Committed and Motivated

How can my family and educational background impact my success?

 Last Modified 11/8/16