12 Jul Top 5 Tips For Returning University Students
Returning to University or College after summer vacation can be hard for some students. After the first couple of weeks you should fall back into your old routines and habits, but here’s our Top 5 tips to help you get there faster!
#5 – Be Ready
Just like mom and dad did each summer during your primary and secondary years, go Back-To-School shopping for any supplies you’re going to need for the fall. If you have labs, you’re going to need lab notebooks and possibly even some safety equipment. Check your class websites for any updated outlines and use those to determine what you’ll need. Once classes start you’ll have less to worry about if you have all the paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, etc. that you’re going to need.
#4 – Keep Your Stresses at a Minimum
Try to take care of any outstanding issues before classes start. Bills, debts, unfinished errands, etc. Anything that will weigh on your mind and can be finished or taken care of should be done before classes begin. The less that you have to worry about during your period of adjustment to your new classes/schedule, the better!
#3 – Do Some Research
Research everything you can about your upcoming classes. Their location, main topics, assessment structure, etc. Go to RateMyProf and try to get the lowdown on your prof’s. Try to find some of last year’s assignments, exams, etc. for better study preparation. Any information you can find will lessen the number of surprises you’ll face, making more time and room to deal with the ones that you can’t prepare for.
#2 – Start a Schedule
As hard is it may be, try to begin your sleep schedule at least one week before classes begin. Sleep is an integral part in effective learning so the faster you can get your body on a stable sleep cycle, the better your chances will be for attaining that high GPA we all dream about during that sleep!
#1 – Start Reading!
If you haven’t opened a book since your last final, now’s the time to get back into it. Your body has been on vacation and so has your mind. Start exercising your brain by doing some basic preparation for your upcoming classes. Use Wikipedia or Google to find articles or information on your upcoming classes’ topics. Even mediocre preparation will prevent the shock that new material can bring to an unprepared mind. You’ll ease into your classes rather than struggle to keep up with them right from the start, and we all know how that feels.
Good luck this Fall!