'Back to Success' Program
The winter 2018 'Back to Success' Program concluded on February 8th, 2018. If you are on Academic and/or Progress Probation, please meet with an SMC Counselor. You can call the Counseling Department at 310.434.4210 for current office hours and counselor availability.
We wish you a successful spring semester!
A Setback = An Opportunity for a Comeback
What is the purpose of the BTS session?
To provide you with valuable information necessary for college success. Your session will be led by an SMC counselor who will be available to answer any questions regarding your classes and your probation status. You will have the opportunity to connect with other students and discuss any issues related to reaching your educational goals at Santa Monica College.
Does going to a session make a difference in my grades for the next semester?
YES! Here is what 2 students said after attending a session:
"I truly learned from attending a BTS session, and ended up getting 2 As, and 1 B because I realized what time management is and what works best for me. I took a Counseling 20 class which helped me get my whole future in line and helped me realize how important school is. I worked really hard and it made me proud of myself because I realized what I could really do if I just put my mind to it. If I had to do something different next semester it would be to push myself even harder, and now I have even more incentive to do it because my GPA is rising!"
"When I was placed on academic probation for poor grades, I had to attend a BTS session with an SMC Counselor. In that session, he stressed the importance of my college transcripts. He let me know that it is never too late to change; that I could make up those blemishes (F's) on my transcripts. From that point, I was motivated. I began to work harder, change my study habits, and I just believed that I could be a better student. It wasn't easy. I started from the bottom and just worked my way up."
Is this an individual counseling appointment?
No, the format of the appointment is a small group counseling session. Each session has no more than 15 students.
When is the session?
The BTS program is offered ONLY during the summer and winter sessions. You will find the specific times and dates when you enter the scheduling page below.
Where is the session?
All of the sessions are located in the General Counseling Center, Room 124A (the Conference Room). The Counseling Center is located next to the Bursar’s Office and directly across from the Liberal Arts building. If you have trouble finding room 124A, ask the front desk staff to direct you to the room.
What do I bring to the session?
You will need to bring a writing utensil.
What if I am late to my scheduled session?
If you arrive late to your session, you will have to reschedule your appointment for another date.
How many sessions am I required to attend? How long is the session?
You are required to attend
ONLY ONE, two-hour session.
I ONLY take online courses at SMC. Is there another option for SMCOnline students?
You may use the online version of the workshop. You will need to carefully follow the instructions on the link here:SMC Online BTS Workshop
If I attended a BTS session last semester, do I need to come to this one too?
You do NOT have to attend another session. It is your choice. Though, you may hear new information that you will find useful for next semester. We will check attendance lists from the previous semester if you decide not to attend a BTS session.
Steps to Schedule a Session: Please Read Carefully!
Step 1: Log into
Step 2: Click on 'Back to Success' from the 'SMC Quick Links' menu on the left side of the screen.
Step 3: Choose a date and time from the list of available sessions.
Step 4: Write down the date & time in your calendar and ATTEND the session.
If you are having trouble signing up for a session on-line, you may call 310-434-4803 and leave a message. Please be patient with us, it could be up to 24 hours before you receive a call back from a Counseling Department staff member. Remember, we are here to assist you. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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