'Back to Success' Program

Welcome!  The Summer 2020 'Back to Success' (BTS) online workshop is available to you from July 6th-August  25th.  

You will find the link to the PowerPoint workshop at the bottom of this page. 

But first, please watch this 1 minute Welcome and Workshop Overview Video (if you are unable to access this video, no problem, just go to the workshop at the bottom of the page).

A Setback = An Opportunity for a Comeback 

What is the purpose of the BTS Workshop?

To provide you with valuable information to help you have a successful semester. In the Back to Success workshop, you will review the Academic and Progress Probation policies at SMC, learn how to calculate your GPA, understand the college’s repeat policy, review the different support services available to you - including Financial Aid, Counseling, Tutoring, and Career Services; and learn how to set realistic goals for yourself that you can use next semester.   

Does completing a workshop make a difference in my grades for the next semester?

YES! Here is what 2 students said after attending an in-person session last summer:

"I truly learned from attending a BTS session, and ended up getting 2 As, and 1 B because I realized what time management is and what works best for me. I took a Counseling 20 class which helped me get my whole future in line and helped me realize how important school is. I worked really hard and it made me proud of myself because I realized what I could really do if I just put my mind to it. If I had to do something different next semester it would be to push myself even harder, and now I have even more incentive to do it because my GPA is rising!"

"When I was placed on academic probation for poor grades, I had to attend a BTS session with an SMC Counselor. In that session, he stressed the importance of my college transcripts. He let me know that it is never too late to change; that I could make up those blemishes (F's) on my transcripts. From that point, I was motivated. I began to work harder, change my study habits, and I just believed that I could be a better student. It wasn't easy. I started from the bottom and just worked my way up."

IS THIS AN INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING APPOINTMENT?

No, you will be participating in an online workshop.  After you review the workshop slides, you will take a quiz on the information and then submit your answers using the email address located on the final quiz slides.

WHEN IS THE SESSION?

The BTS program is offered ONLY during the summer and winter sessions.  You will need to submit your quiz responses before the start of the Fall or Spring term.

WHERE IS THE SESSION?

All of the sessions are located ONLINE!  In the past, we were able to offer the workshop in-person, but due to the recent change to remote-only student services, the workshop is offered online.

WHAT DO I NEED FOR THE SESSION?

Just your undivided attention and willingness to understand the information.

HOW MANY WORKSHOPS AM I REQUIRED TO ATTEND? HOW LONG IS THE SESSION?

You are required to participate in ONE workshop which typically takes students about 60-90 minutes to complete.

I ONLY TAKE ONLINE COURSES AT SMC. IS THERE AN OPTION FOR SMCONLINE STUDENTS?

There is only one version of the workshop. All students participate in the same workshop.  You will need to review the PowerPoint Presentation and then follow the instructions for completing the Workshop Quiz.  

IF I ATTENDED A BTS SESSION LAST SEMESTER, DO I NEED TO COMPLETE THIS ONE TOO?

You do NOT have to complete another session. It is your choice. Though, you may read new information that you will find useful for next semester. We will check attendance lists from the previous semester if you decide not to attend a BTS session.

STEPS TO COMPLETE THE WORKSHOP:
  • Step 1: Please click on the presentation:

  • Step 2: Follow the slides in order and read the information on each slide. Some slides have videos.

  • Step 3: Respond, in detail, to the questions at the end of the workshop.

  • Step 4: Send your answers to the email address located on the quiz.  A counselor will respond to you via email after you submit your quiz responses.  

  • Step 5: Have a successful semester and don't forget to speak with a counselor when you have questions!

If you are having trouble with the workshop, you may email BackToSuccess@smc.edu and clearly state your issue. Please be patient with us, it could be up to 24 hours before you receive a response from the Counseling Department. Remember, we are here to assist you.