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What is SLS 1501?

Strategies for Success (SLS 1501) is a 3-credit hour elective letter grade course designed to assist students in transitioning to the University and collegiate life. In a small engaging classroom setting, the course helps students build a strong academic foundation by developing important life and study skills. Students will also learn and apply critical thinking skills towards diversity and social justice issues, career-readiness and other topics that promote student success persistence through the first-year and beyond.

Your SLS 1501 Professor will be a UCF Faculty or Staff Member who is dedicated to ensuring your student success.

Summer B Freshman Admit

  • Freshman admit summer B students are highly encouraged to enroll in SLS 1501 during the summer B term. The course meets for two hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (different times throughout the day).

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) students there is a section of SLS 1501 just for you. The course will cover all the material from the other SLS 1501 sections with science based discussions. The course meets Monday Thursday from 1:00PM 2:50PM in CB1 212.

    • To enroll in this section, email Dr. Johnson at jamil.johnson@ucf.edu

    • If you are unable to enroll in the STEM section, you can enroll in any other open SLS 1501 section.

Fall Freshman Admit

  • Freshman admit fall students are highly encouraged to enroll in SLS 1501 during the fall term. Course meets at different course patterns.

SLS 1501 Peer Mentors

Each SLS 1501 section is assigned a highly-competitive UCF Knight that demonstrates outstanding scholarship, leadership, and community involvement. The Peer Mentor provides an extraordinary amount of mentorship including dedicated outreach support as well as connection to academic and high-impact opportunities for SLS 1501 students. Peer Mentors also gain exceptional facilitation skills as they lead weekly discussions around student success topics, our Common Read selection, and campus transition.

Course Topics

Learn and apply the skills necessary to be a highly competitive UCF Knight!

  • Effective Time Management
  • Self-Reflective Techniques
  • Career-Readiness
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Critical Thinking and Debate
  • Effective Goal Setting
  • Motivation
  • Financial Literacy
  • Academic Resilience
  • Presentation Strategies
  • Study Strategies & Test Taking

Models of Success

“I graduated top in my high school class and figured college would be a breeze. I was so wrong! I had no idea how to write a college level paper. SLS introduced me to the APA writing style and the UCF Writing Center.”

“In high school I aced every exam. I honestly did not have to study. My first exam at UCF was an eye opener. Not only did I fail it broke my confidence. SLS helped me implement a better study routine, test taking strategies, and introduced me to the Student Academic Resource Center (SARC).”

“UCF has over 500 organizations and clubs. I knew I wanted to be involved on campus but had no idea the real time commitment. SLS helped me prioritize my time management skills so school was main goal but I could still be involved and make friends.”

“My Peer Mentor became much more than a mentor, she really became a friend. I have a hard time meeting people and it seemed everyone else got friends quickly. My mentor would invite me to events on campus so I would not go alone. Now I have started an organization on campus to help other freshman gain friends.”

FAQs

I have heard about Excess Hours. Will enrolling in SLS 1501 impact me?

SLS 1501 is a 3-hour elective letter grade course. Every major allows room for elective hours. Enrollment in SLS 1501 counts towards your graduation hour requirement. Your academic advisor is the best resource to ask questions regarding excess hours.

If I have previously enrolled in a course like SLS 1501 (i.e. Community College or High School), should I take this course at UCF?

Absolutely! Courses at other institutions prepare you for acceptance to college. SLS 1501 at UCF will directly ensure your success this semester and beyond. The course is designed to give you the tools to be successful during your entire college career. Also, you will be introduced to the opportunities to strengthen your pathway towards graduating as a highly competitive UCF Knight including Study Abroad, Internships, Undergraduate Research, and Graduate School.

Course Schedule

Summer B: Course meets for two hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (different times throughout day)

Fall & Spring: Course meets at different course patterns.

Enrolling in SLS 1501 is the first step in your college journey toward being a successful UCF Knight. Enroll today!


SLS 1501 Program Coordinator


Jamil D. Johnson, Ph.D.
jamil.johnson@ucf.edu
407-823-5543

SLS 1501 Program Graduate Assistant


Joydel Trail
joydel.trail@ucf.edu
407-823-4700


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