College Success Skills

I feel like I didn’t even know how to think until I got to college. - Anne Hathaway, Actress and Former English Major

What are College Success Skills?

The short answer includes note- and test- taking, studying and time management. But knowing how to conduct research and access information and assistance when you need them, and determining which program is right for you are all equally important if you are to get the most out of your college experience.

The College Success Skills Course at Macomb

Macomb’s College Success Skills Course will connect you with all of the College’s resources, including the libraries, learning centers and academic counseling and advising. You will also learn how to take notes and tests more effectively, study smarter and manage your time so that you can strike a balance between the demands of your classes and your life. The College Success Skills course will also help you identify your own personal strengths, weaknesses and interests so that you may choose a program and career path.

When College Success Skills (CSSK 1200) at Macomb is Required

At Macomb, we want every student to succeed. That’s why we require students who place in all three of the College’s Math, Reading and English developmental courses: MATH 0050 or MATH 0070, READ 0960 and ENGL 0050 to take CSSK 1200 their first semester at Macomb. Students must successfully complete CSSK 1200 with a grade of C or better within two attempts to continue taking other courses at Macomb. Students who do not complete it after three attempts will not be allowed further enrollment in CSSK-1200 or at the College.

Placement Testing Exemptions

Meet with a counselor or advisor as soon as possible after you have applied for admission if you believe you qualify for one of the following exemptions to placement testing:

  • Contracted education programs for predetermined populations through workforce development
  • Students taking course(s) for personal reasons (16-credit hour maximum)
  • Transfer students who have successfully completed college-level English composition and mathematics courses at another post-secondary institution
  • Guest students from other post-secondary institutions
  • Students who have completed an associate, bachelor’s or graduate-level degree that includes the successful completion of college-level mathematics course(s).*

* These students may enroll at Macomb Community College, but cannot register in English, mathematics or English for academic purposes without meeting appropriate placement or prerequisite requirements.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s College Success Skills Course?

For more information about the College Success Skills Course at Macomb, contact the Communications Department at Center Campus: 586.286.2145 or or at South Campus: 586.445.7354 or Aand

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