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Irma Gil

Counselor and College Success Instructor, Office: Room 118A

Phone: 831-479-6274


CG 1-College Success

3 units-Transfers to UC and CSU
Fall 2012-Hybrid Online
Section 77888-Orientation the first day of class is required.

Meets weekly at the scheduled time with an additional 1 hr. 20 minute online lecture per week. 
Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 100 and READ 100.
Basic computer knowledge: “Internet” usage/surf and navigation, use of email and word processing. 


Hello and welcome!

This site contains information about CG1, the College Success class I will be teaching fall 2012.  College Success is designed for first year college students. Students are required to attend the first class meeting. I’m very excited about teaching this class in a hybrid format with one weekly class meeting on campus, and the other online through Blackboard.. I'm working hard to make it a positive and rewarding learning experience for everyone.  Let me tell you a little bit about the class.

Required Course Materials

On Course, Study Skills Plus Edition, 1st Edition 
By Skip Downing
ISBN: 978-1-4390-8522-6

WebTutor™ on WebCT™ Instant Access Code for Downing's On Course Study Skills Plus Edition, 1st Edition,9780495897385

Purchase at the Cabrillo College bookstore:
or at

Course Description

College Success is a transferable course designed to help you create greater success in college and in life.  In the coming weeks, you will learn many proven strategies to maximize learning.  This class focuses on the following topics:

  • Understand transfer basics-University transfer and admission requirements.
  • Cabrillo's support services-Learn about our support services including financial aid, learning skills, tutorials and counseling services.
  • Learn about academic options- Examine and evaluate AA/AS degrees at Cabrillo along with academic majors, and programs.
  • Master effective study skills -You will learn how to raise your grades in college by improving essential skills such as reading, taking notes, studying, memorizing and taking tests.
  •  Improve personal self management- You will learn numerous strategies for taking control of your time and energy, increase self-awareness and personal responsibility.
  • Improve critical and creative thinking skills- You will learn how to enhance the thinking skills essential for analyzing and solving problems in your academic, professional, and personal lives.
  • Maximize your learning- You will learn key research about how the human brain learns and examine different learning styles.

Registered Students

Blackboard Logo

Cabrillo College Blackboard Log In

Registered student need to login to Blackboard Learning Systems beginning the first day of class. I strongly recommend students participate in the Blackboard Orientation. Then proceed to Cabrillo's Blackboard and follow the instructions under “Activate Your Account”. Here, you can look up your Blackboard account user name and password.

Wait List-Adds

Students will be provided add codes depending on the number of "no shows." Priority is given to students on the waitlist. To add the course, attend the first class meeting and paricipate in the required orientation. If there is space available you will be provided an add code so you can register.  You will have access to Blackboard within 2-3 business days of being added.

Hardware and Software Requirements
You will need regular access to a computer and an updated web browser. Be sure you are using a supported web browser and your browser settings are correct for Blackboard, our course management system.

  • Mozilla Firefox, 3+
  • Internet Explorer 7.0+
  • Safari 3+
  • Java 2 Runtime Environment version 1.6.0_11
  • Pop-up blocker must be turned off and javascript enabled. Check your browser for compatibility with the course management system we will be using.
  • The QuickTime video plug-in is used (Quicktime 7.5 or newer is required)
  • Adobe Acrobat reader is used to open PDF files

The Computer Technology Center at both the Aptos and Watsonville campus has computers for students to use.


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