Getting started at college
Keeping on top of your student experience:
• Attack your workload before it attacks you! Do your assigned readings and homework for each class as you go. Don’t wait for them to pile up. It’s easier to do a little work every day instead of a huge amount that takes hours and hours all at once. Zzzzzzzzz.
•If you know you’ll miss a class, tell your teacher before the class. Ask for the work that you’ll be missing. If you miss a class when you don’t have time to check with the teacher ahead of time. Call the teacher as soon as you can to let them know that you want to make up the missed work.
• Usually it’s a good idea to make a buddy in the class who can help you out when you miss a class and vice-versa. Also buddies can be good for comparing notes and for studying for exams and tests.
• If you start falling behind, or have trouble with a section of material, speak to the teacher right away. If you wait, the work piles up and doing this gets harder and harder. So, be easy on yourself! Do it the moment you begin to feel you’re not keeping up. Ask for extra help from a friend, the teacher or a tutor or all three.
• Everyone feels a bit low every once in a while. Everyone has something on their mind that they that they would love to talk about if they had the chance. If you feel like this or just want to chat, drop in to see a counsellor by calling 416-289-5000, ext. 7202 at Ashtonbee, Room A111; ext. 2627 at Progress, Room C2-01 and ext. 8025 at Morningside, Room 190.
• Make a note of all upcoming tests and assignments. Plan out time to study for these major projects as soon as they are assigned. Often the teachers give you a schedule with all the assignments and tests the first day of class. Use this information to plan out a study routine that you stick to week to week.
• Make use of the information sheets on study tips and go to the Counselling workshops on study skills. If you are interested in meeting other students who wan to talk about their experience of studying at college and think you might have some ideas that can make the Counselling centre work better for students, drop in to the Counselling Office [see rooms listed above] and ask to see a counsellor.
• Balance your studies with exercise and healthy relationships. Get involved with the Student’s Association’s activities. It’s a way to meet friends and have fun. Attack your time here at school as if it were a job because what you learn here will lead to a career.
• The work habits you develop here will likely follow you to your first job. Start here with good work habits.