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Prepare for Classes

Buy your books

You’ll need to purchase textbooks for most classes. To find out what books you need:

  1. Log into Banner Web/My Info
  2. Click on “Student Services”
  3. Click on “Registration”
  4. Click on “View All Textbooks for your Classes”

The campus bookstore will carry all of your books needed for classes (and they buy books back at a discounted price at the end of each semester). You’re also welcome to shop on-line (Amazon is a great resource) for deals on books.

Get the required technology

While you are a student at GFC MSU, you can download Office 365 Pro Plus for free. You’re also licensed for up to 5 installs on a laptop, desktop, tablet, or smart phone.

Taking an online class?

Check out some resources here about tips you need for being successful in an online class.

Have a disability that may require accommodations?

GFC MSU Disability Services helps accommodate for disabilities you may have. Not all disabilities are visible, and a large number of students registered with Disability Services have disabilities such as ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, health impairments, or psychiatric disabilities.

Important: There are differences between disability in high school and disability in college.

Disability in High School

Disability in College

The school is responsible for identifying students with disabilities

The student must self-identify or disclose his/her disability

The school must provide the assessment of the disability and classify the disability

The student must provide documentation of his/her disability to the designated office

School teachers and staff will discuss academic progress with parents or legal guardians

The student is considered an adult with privacy and confidentiality protections. Without a release of information signed by the student, faculty and staff cannot talk with parents or legal guardians about the student’s academic progress

Services include individually designed instruction, modifications, and accommodations based on the IEP (Individual Education Plan)

Reasonable accommodations may be made to provide equal access and participation

Modifications that change course outcomes may be offered based on the IEP

The college is not required to lower or effect substantial modifications to essential requirements

The first step to determine eligibility for services is to schedule a one-hour intake appointment with the Director of Disability Services to discuss how your disability impacts your learning and together, determine reasonable Accommodations and Services. 

For more information, visit Disability Services.

Recognize the differences between high school and college

As a dual enrollment student, you are in high school and college at the same time. It’s important to think about the differences and be proactive to address them. See this table below for some of the major differences. And, read this letter for another perspective on how to act like a college student:



Your time is usually structured by others.

You manage your own time.

You can count on parents and teachers to remind you of your responsibilities and to 
guide you in setting priorities.

You must balance your responsibilities and set priorities

Each day you proceed from one class directly to another.

You often have hours between classes:  class times vary throughout the day and evening.

You spend 6 hours each day – 30 hours a week – in class.

You spend 12 to 16 hours each week in class.

Teachers carefully monitor class attendance.

Professors may not formally take roll, but they are still likely to know whether or not you attend.

Teachers check your completed homework.

Professors may not always check completed homework, but they will assume you can perform the same tasks on tests.

Teachers approach you if they believe you need assistance.

Professors are usually open and helpful, but most expect you to initiate contact if you need assistance.

Teachers often write information on the board to be copied  in your notes.

Professors may lecture nonstop, expecting you to identify the important points in your notes.  When professors write on the board, it may be to 
amplify the lecture, not to summarize it.  Good notes are a must.

Teachers often take time to remind you of assignments and due dates.

Professors expect you to read, save, and consult the course syllabus (outline); the syllabus spells out exactly what is expected of you, when it is 
due, and how you will be graded.

You may study outside of class as little as 0 to 2 hours a week, and this may be mostly 
last-minute test preparation.

You need to study at least 2 to 3 hours outside of class for each hour of class.

You will usually be told in class what you needed to learn from assigned readings.

It’s up to you to read and understand the assigned material; lectures and assignments proceed from the assumption that you’ve already done so.

Testing is frequent and covers small amounts of material.

Testing is usually infrequent and may be cumulative, covering large amounts of material.  You, not the professor, need to organize the material to prepare for the test.  A particular course may have only 2 or 3 tests in a 

Makeup tests are often available.

Makeup tests are seldom an option; if they are, you need to request them.

Consistently good homework grades may help raise your overall grade when test 
grades are low.

Grades on tests and major papers usually provide most of the course grade.

Initial test grades, especially when they are low, may not have adverse effect on your 
final grade.

Watch out for the first tests.  These are usually a wake-up call to let you know what is expected – but they also may account for a substantial part of your course grade.

*Table information from

Campus Resources

We want you to succeed! All Dual Enrollment students (even those taking an on-line or concurrent class) are eligible to the same services our on-campus students can access. We have many great resources for students.

The Academic Success Center

Students are eligible for free tutoring and support, including teaching successful study skills like computer use, note taking, reading, test preparation and time management. They even offer a Google+ Hangout for students who are unable to come to campus and you can submit your papers and writing assignments by e-mail to have a tutor proof your assignment and provide feedback.

Visit for more information

The Weaver Library

The Weaver Library is open as your major informational resource on campus. You can find books, videos, and course reserves plus the student computer lab.

For more information, including their open hours, visit

The Advising and Career Center

Even though your high school teachers and counselors are your dual enrollment advisors, our college advisors can also help with your dual enrollment pathway. Contact them at

Dual Enrollment

2100 16th Ave South
Great Falls, MT 59405

Tel: 406.268.3700
Fax: 406.771.4329