The Student Life Skills classes (SLS 1103 and SLS 0005) at Florida State College provide the essential content needed for students to succeed for college and beyond. These courses have shown to significantly increase the academic success and retention of college students. Students who take these courses persist in college and succeed in completing their degrees more often.
Course topics include:
- Goals and priorities
- Voice mail and e-mail etiquette
- Maintaining commitment
- Dealing with successes and failure
- Communicating with individuals at work and at college professors, superiors, subordinates and peers
- Verbal and non-verbal communication skills
- Teamwork and decision making
- Learning skills
- Conflict management and resolution
- Leadership styles and skills
- Financial and debt management
- Long-term planning for career, education and wellness.
SLS 0005 and SLS 1103 provide a tremendous amount of information delivered in an active, engaging learning environment. Not only will this class build success skills for college work, but it also provides a foundation of behaviors, habits and skills that will enable students to succeed and thrive in the working world. Register for SLS 1103— Strategies for Success in College, Career and Life or SLS 0005 Foundations for College Success — or consult with an advisor for further details and information to determine which course to select.
What Students Say about the SLS Courses
The following comments came from student surveys and SLS 1103 course evaluations:
“The important things that I learned during this course are that to be successful in career and college a person must be organized and dedicated. There are many things that have to be juggled to be able to be successful. The student cannot let other obligations interfere with the time needed to complete their studies.”
“By finding out what my personal learning style is I have found numerous different tips on how to study more effectively and what the best way is for me to take notes and listen to lectures in class. This will certainly assist me in the coming semesters of my school career and also in the workforce as I graduate school.”
“I realize that there is one most important thing that I will take away with me from this class. It will be the time management and organization of time management….Now, I’m trying to apply these things to my personal life as well as preparing for the future classes. I have truly taken a lot more from this class than just time management and organization, but these two things were the most important to me….It’s been a lot of fun as well as very informative for the future classes.”
“This course taught me how to reach for my goals as high as I can, and expect much more for myself.”
“It helped me find direction in my life, which I think is hard to achieve.”
“This is the most beneficial class I have taken! When I started this semester, I felt lost. My first semester … I lost focus. This spring semester was my first time in class since then and I had a nagging fear that the same thing would happen again. On top of that, I felt discouraged because I still had no idea what career I wanted to go for. I really believe that without this class I would still be lost.”
In addition to SLS 1103 - Strategies for Success in College, Career and Life and SLS 0005 - Foundations of College Success, Florida State College offers other Student Life Skills courses. However, these courses do not satisfy the SLS requirement (below).
- SLS 1201 - Personal Development — Want to learn more about yourself and others?
- SLS 1301 - Career Planning and the World of Work — Would you like to take a class to help you learn more about career planning and how your personal interests and attributes relate to careers?
- SLS 1371 - Portfolio Development for Prior Learning — Do you have work or life experience that could earn you college credit?
- SLS 1401 - Computerized Career Exploration — Need help choosing a career?
- *SLS 1931 - Selected Topics in Student Life Skills
- *SLS 1932 - Selected Topics in Student Life Skills
- *SLS 1933 - Selected Topics in Student Life Skills
*These three courses are customized each time they are offered, in one, two and three credit courses.
SLS 0005/1103 Requirement Policy
Some students are required to take SLS 1103 or SLS 0005. Students who test into one or more college prep disciplines (English, mathematics, or reading) will be required to take a college prep SLS course (SLS 0005) or a college credit SLS course (SLS 1103). Students will take the SLS course in the first term of enrollment at the college or after satisfying the REA prerequisite requirement for the course (testing at the level of REA0008 or above, or completion of REA0006). Student cannot drop or withdraw from SLS class from schedule without seeing a counselor or advisor.