Myth: The first week of college is the easiest.
Fact: The first week of college is never easy—but it’s also
the best time to get ahead, especially for non-traditional students like you.
Adjusting your work and family schedule to fit in your commitment to your
college courses is quite the feat.
And it can be done.
With the right student resources and the right
attitude, you can get ahead during the first week of college. Try
these five strategies to keep from falling behind this semester.
Say Hi To Your
Even if you introduced yourself during class, it’s always
worth the effort to personally introduce yourself to your instructor. Stay after class to shake your professor’s hand and introduce
yourself. Explain why you chose to take the class and ask questions you were
unable to ask during class. Talking to your professor one-on-one now will make
it easier to do so later in the semester.
Taking the class online? Write a short email to briefly
introduce yourself and explain why you chose to take the class. If you feel
comfortable, include a professional-looking picture of yourself so that your
professor knows your face and your name.
Read Your Syllabus
Review your syllabus—then read it again. What are your
assignment deadlines? Can you keep up with the scheduled readings and class
Get out your planner or calendar and mark all dates listed
on your syllabus. What can you do now to make room in your schedule to study and
complete your upcoming class assignments? Seek out tips on time management so that strategies become healthy habits.
Check Out Your
Whether you take classes online or at a campus near
you, you always have access to your college’s online library resources. You can research online databases, access course reserves, request
research assistance and even ask a librarian your questions. Learn how to
navigate your library’s online resources now so that you're a pro when the time comes to
writing college papers and studying for tests.
Decide If You Need
Read your syllabus closely. Are you in for a tough semester?
If you don’t excel at math or composition, take advantage of
free tutoring services at your college or university. Come in for a 1:1 tutoring appointment, drop by
for a weekly group tutoring session or schedule an online tutoring session.
Connect With Your
You are assigned an academic advisor once you’re admitted to
your university. Your academic advisor is your personal success coach who
supports and guides you throughout your degree program.
Don’t wait until you apply for graduation. Reach out to your
academic advisor as early as the first week of college. That way, your academic advisor can
- Identify your career goals
- Enroll in the right courses for
your degree program
- Locate resources to enrich your academic
and professional success