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Academic Counseling

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Academic Support

Student Support Services

Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded TRIO program designed to increase the college retention and graduation rates of students who lack economic and social resources usually associated with post-secondary aspiration and success. The mission of Mercer's Student Support Services program is to promote an institutional climate that supports the success of eligible low-income and first-generation college students and eligible students with disabilities.

The program identifies, screens, and selects students who meet eligibility requirements and provides selected academic support services that enhance academic performance, retention, graduation and transfers to four-year institutions.

  • Assessment
  • Academic Advisement
  • Counseling
  • Cultural Enrichment
  • Freshman Seminar
  • Scholarships
  • Supplemental Instruction
  • Transfer Activities
  • Tutoring

If you would like to be considered for the SSS program, you must complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid. To qualify for the program, the total gross income in your household cannot exceed particular levels, to determine if you qualify contact us at

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Study and Test-taking Techniques

Some students find that the study techniques they used in high school do not work well in college where tests usually measure how well they can use information, not just whether they have memorized facts. If you think that the time you spend studying is not reflected in your test grades, you may need to learn some new study and test-taking techniques.

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Time Management

For most of Mercer County Community College's hard working, committed students, time-management is a survival skill. If you find that you cannot seem to keep up with all of your college, work and home responsibilities, you may benefit from working with a counselor to develop a time-management plan.

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Classroom Etiquette

High school teachers set and explain rules, and let students know when they do not follow them. College teachers expect students to know the rules and observe them. If you are not certain about their expectations, a counselor can help you understand these unwritten rules.

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Academic Self-esteem

Some students enter college thinking that they have little or no chance of getting a degree. These are often bright, able people who somewhere along the way got the feeling that they were not smart enough to do well in school. Believing that they cannot succeed, they do not try. When they fail, they say, "I knew I couldn't do it." If you find that you cannot force yourself to study or if you almost feel relieved when you do fail, you should talk with a counselor who can help you appreciate and use your ability to do well in college.

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For more information email Martha Gunning or Fred Weiner.

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