5 Tips to Help Students Manage Their Time

Whether you’re starting college this quarter or coming back after summer break, it’s always a good idea to prepare for the routine of being a student again. One of the most important ways to succeed in and out of the classroom is to master time management. Here are 5 tips to help you get started!

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Use a calendar to keep up with your classes

Some people like using the latest technology on their smartphones, while others prefer posting a big paper calendar on their wall and covering it with notes. Either way is great, as long as you use your calendar to keep track of all of your reading, assignments, and tests. Review your calendar frequently so you know what important deadlines are coming up.

Carefully review your syllabus for each class

Do you know what a syllabus is? It’s a document that every one of your instructors will give you that explains the requirements and expectations for your classes, as well as a schedule of readings, assignments, and tests. Remember that calendar we just talked about? You can put all of the assignments from each syllabus on it at the beginning of classes so that you can beginning planning for the whole term.

Set routines for yourself

Doing things on a regular schedule can help you avoid procrastinating, or waiting to do important work until it is almost too late. Set aside regular times each day and each week for reading, working on assignments, and doing other work for your classes. You will become used to this schedule and form good study habits much more easily this way.

Break down big projects into smaller tasks

In college, you’ll have many long papers, presentations, and big projects to do. When you have to write a 15-page paper, think about what small steps you’ll need to take in order to complete the assignment. You need to decide what the topic will be, do your research (and make sure to note down where all of your information comes from so that you can properly cite all of your sources and avoid plaigarism!), and you can even divide the paper into different sections that you complete one at a time.

Ask for help!

If you find that you are having trouble managing your time or keeping up with your classes, we at Shoreline are here to help! You can always come to the International Education department in PUB 9302 to talk to an advisor or just to learn about all the resources that the college has to offer you, from tutoring in specific subjects to the Writing & Learning Studio, where you can get help with those big papers! The best part is that it’s all free!

Shoreline Offers Affordable Education

Shoreline Community College’s affordable tuition makes studying in the United States more accessible for international students. Shoreline has plenty to offer students, no matter your education goals. Whether you want to complete your high school diploma while taking college classes, improve your English, try out different classes to pick the right major, or complete the first two years of your bachelor’s degree, you can do it here at Shoreline Community College.

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Starting your university education at Shoreline Community College can help you save money before you go to a four-year university or pursue other goals. Including housing and living expenses, it will cost a student less than $20,000 a year! Our inexpensive education is still high quality, with experienced faculty and staff who are here to assist you along your college journey.

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You can view a breakdown of our costs by visiting our International Admissions webpage. If you have any questions or would like more information about studying at Shoreline, don’t hesitate to reach out to the International Education Department!

– Meg Humphrey

Medical Insurance

Medical care in the U.S. is very expensive!  Therefore, as an international student (F-1 visa), you are REQUIRED to have health insurance during your studies at Shoreline Community College.  In order to ensure adequate coverage, you MUST purchase this insurance through the College.

 Shoreline Community College Requirements

If you are purchasing medical insurance through Shoreline Community College:

  • The college contracts with Firebird International Insurance, which is provided by Summit America.  The cost of the Firebird International Insurance plan is US$366 per quarter.  Coverage is also available for your child(ren) and/or spouse during your studies.

  • You will purchase the insurance plan when you register for classes each quarter and pay the premium along with your tuition.

  • You are required to attend the Health Care session with a Firebird International Insurance representative during ISOP (new student orientation) and will receive the insurance policy and ID card.

  • Maximum benefit of U.S. $250,000 per illness or injury

  • Coverage anywhere in the world including your home country only in the event of an emergency.

  • Medical evacuation back to your home country – maximum benefit of up to $50,000

  • Repatriation of remains – maximum benefit of up to $50,000

To view complete coverage and policy details, please visit the Firebird International Insurance website www.fiig-insurance.com.




International Student Orientation


Orientation is very important for your success. Attendance is mandatory.  We recommend arriving at least two days before orientation begins. This will give you time to recover from a long trip and start your college career feeling good!

During orientation, you will:

• take Math and English placement tests

• receive academic advising and register for classes

• have seminars to help you adjust to living and studying in the USA

• meet the entire International Education (IE) staff

• take a campus tour

• take a Seattle tour

Orientation will be informative and fun!  You will make new friends while discovering all that Shoreline Community College has to offer.


1. Remember to bring your passport and I-20 document, U.S. address/phone # information (host family or apartment), medical insurance information (if you already have one from your country), $20 in cash for the math placement test.

2.  If you have taken an English assessment test in the last 2 years and received a high score you may be eligible to enroll directly into college-level English or be placed in advanced English language courses: English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Learn more at our website! *You MUST submit ORIGINAL scores to us 7 days prior to orientation!

3. You will pay tuition and fees AFTER you register for classes.  Payment due is within 5 business days of registering or the first day of the quarter, whichever comes first.

4. Payment methods: At the Cashier—credit card (Mastercard or Visa), traveler’s checks, personal checks or cash.  Online payment by credit card or payment by phone is also available. (You’ll learn more details at orientation.)

6. If for some reason, you are not going to be able to come to Shoreline Community College as planned, it is VERY IMPORTANT for you to let us know at international@shoreline.edu BEFORE orientation begins. We need to make the necessary changes on your SEVIS record based on immigration regulations.

We look forward to welcoming you to Seattle and our beautiful campus!


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Mother’s Day

The United States celebrated Mother’s Day on May 15th. Shoreline Community College’s International Peer Mentors share how they celebrate their mothers and parents in their home countries!

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Clara Zhang

In China, we celebrate Mother’s day at the second Sunday of May every year. It is the time for mothers to take a break and relax. As children, we usually give our mother carnation as a gift, cook a fancy dinner for our mom, and help with housework. We also sometimes give our mom a massage during that day. The purpose of the Mother’s Day is not only to reduce our mother’s pressure for one day, it is more about raising attention among children to take more care about their mothers.

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Megan Lo

I would say people in Hong Kong celebrate Mother’s Day like in the US. Grown-up children (usually daughters) would buy flowers and make fancy dinners, as well as spend more time (than usual) with their mums. You know, to appreciate what they have done for us over the years. 🙂 P.S. I love you, mum ❤

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Jisa Kang

In Japan, we have custom that we give mother flowers, especially carnations. Kids give them picture or painting stuffs which made by themselves. Adult give them some stuffs sometimes. But I’m feeling that this custom and Mother’s Day are more forgettable than other events like Christmas as well as Father’s Day in next month. In case of me, I have never given something to my mom since I was in elementary school. 😄

Blanche Cizubu

We do not have a proper mother’s day in D.R. Congo. Instead, every May 1st, we celebrate Parent’s Day which is the same day as National Work Day. So, parents don’t go to work which is perfect because we get to spend the entire day with them. What we usually do on that day is go on excursion, cook dinner for the parents, and thank them for everything.

Jinhee Jeong

In South Korea, May 8th was originally Mother’s Day in 1956, but in 1973 it officially became Parent’s Day. Since then in South Korea people have been celebrating Parent’s day. On that day we give thanks to our parents, give them flower (carnation) and gifts (card, etc).

TK Siripornrungrueng

Mother’s day in Thailand is on the 12th of August which is on the Queen’s birthday. All or most of Thai people will wear a blue color shirts, and we will gather to sing a song in honor of the Queen. Also, we will spend most of our time on that day with the family, especially mother.

Moe Khamis

Mother’s day in Jordan is March 21st, we usually celebrate it by buying our mom a gift and a card and going out to have dinner together at night.

Yuron Anggara

Yes, we have Mother’s day in Indonesia. It is not really a big occasion but usually me and my siblings would get a flower or a present and then have dinner afterwards.

– Meg Humphrey


Student Resource: Writing & Learning Studio

The Writing & Learning Studio is a treasure chest of knowledge tucked away on the third floor of the library. The staff’s mission is to assist all students in building writing and learning skills so they are successful in their academic pursuits. The studio is open for any student, you don’t have to be in a writing or English class to come in for assistance.

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The Writing & Learning Studio is open six days a week. On Mondays and Tuesdays, it’s open from 9:00am to 4:00pm; on Wednesdays and Thursdays it’s open from 9:00am to 5:00pm; on Fridays it’s open from 9:00am to 3:00pm; and on Sundays it’s open from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

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There are no appointments, so make sure you plan ahead! The studio is busy when college applications and big papers are due and the wait can be very long. If you don’t have time to stay and meet with someone or are just looking for some quick tips, there are many writing handouts you can take with you. Don’t wait until you feel like you’re struggling to come in and see someone at the Writing & Learning Studio. They are there to help you at any step of the way during the writing process.

– Meg Humphrey

Academic Resource: Tutoring Services

Tutoring services offers free one-on-one tutoring (up to two hours a week). The purpose of tutoring services is to help students who need assistance with completing their school work and offers support in specific subject matters. Students will be able to not only gain and review their knowledge through the tutoring services but will also learn how to engage with other students and learn from each other.

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When you first walk in to tutoring services, you will meet Karin Heffel-Steele and Jessica Gonzalez. Jessica is a Program Coordinator, and welcomes students at the front desk and is always happy to answer your questions. She coordinates the tutoring application process and connects tutors with students who need their help. Karin Heffel-Steele, another friendly employee of the Tutoring Center, is the Manager of Tutoring & Academic Support. She advises students who are interested in the tutoring services to be prepared for each meeting. Students should always bring their assignments and prepare questions for their tutor ahead of time. These tips will help you get the most out of your tutoring sessions.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to ask and don’t be afraid to get to know the staff. They are friendly and willing to spend time with students to support and achieve their academic success.

Now that you know how great they are, visit their website to learn more or apply for tutoring assistance!

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