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Student Success Plan

What is a Student Success Plan?

The Student Success Plan strives to provide strategies for students to persist in college and to meet their academic goals.

This page is designed to help educate you on information relevant to your success and will end with you creating your own Success Plan where you will identify your own area(s) of academic difficulty and formulate steps to develop a plan to overcome barriers.

Information for Success

The following categories of information are vital for success. Go through the applicable groups before going on to create your Success Plan.

Academic Probation

What does it mean to be on academic probation?

If your cumulative grade-point average (GPA) falls below 2.0, you will be placed on academic probation. Your cumulative GPA consists of all semesters combined at Honolulu Community College. This does not include the grades from other campuses.

What happens when you are on probation? 

You need to earn a 2.0 GPA or higher for the current semester. If not, you will be suspended from HCC for one semester. To return, you must reapply to the college and complete the Petition for Readmission Following Academic Suspension form with my Counselor.



G.P.A. stands for Grade Point Average and can be calculated as long as you know how many credits you have and the GPA points for those credits.

GPA = GPA Points / GPA Credits

GPA Points
GPA points are awarded based on the grade you get in a class. For example the scale would be:

  • A = 4 points
  • B = 3 points
  • C = 2 points
  • D = 1 point
  • F = 0 points

GPA Credits
GPA credits are the number of credits you have taken in courses in which you have received a grade.

Not included in GPA credits are things like classes you have taken as credit/no-credit (CR/NC), you withdrew from with or without a “W”, as well audited or incomplete classes.

For example:

Class AlphaA312
Class BetaB39
Class CharlieD33
Class DeltaW00

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Time Management

Time Management

No matter what, there are only 24 hours in a day! Usually, you will want to devote at least 1-2 hours of study time for each credit hour you are enrolled in each semester. In addition to credit hours and study time, you will still have to allocate for the time you spend outside of school. This could include things like: time spent getting around (transportation), getting ready, hanging out with friends and family, as well as work and other personal commitments you may have.

Fill in the number of hours you use for each topic below to get an idea of how much time you may have after you factor in all these areas of your life:

Communicating for Success

Communicating for success

Communicating with your instructor is a great way to make sure you are always on the same page with the requirements for the classes you are enrolled in as well as the best source to clarify those requirements as well.

WHY to communicate with your instructor:
  • Opportunity to introduce yourself
  • Opportunity to ask clarifying questions on class materials or requirements
  • Ask for tips on how to be successful in class from the person who will be providing your grade
  • Find out where you stand in the class grade-wise
WAYS to communicate with your instructor:
  • Email
  • In-Person
    • Before or after class
    • Office hours
    • In class
Study Skills

Study Skills

You will want to plan on spending at least 2 hours out of class for every one hour in class with studying and related activities. So an example would be:

ClassCreditsStudy Hours
English 10033 credits x 2 = 6
Math 10033 credits x 2 = 6
Total6 hours per week12 study hours per week

Study habits to consider

  • Good study time vs not-so-good study time
  • Where you study


There are many resources that are available to help you in your success.

Your Success Plan

Want to create your own success plan? Click here to do so!