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8 Tips for a Successful Adjustment to University

 
By Magdalena Dabbour
 
  1. Set Goals for yourself.
    Before you arrive, take the time to write out the goals you hope to achieve when you get to university. They can be academic like "Maintain an 80% average," social like "Join the Swing Dancing and Rock Climbing clubs to meet new people," or personal like "Practice yoga weekly at Campus Rec." Realize that being at university opens up infinite possibilities and really gives you the opportunity to be exactly who you've always wanted to be. Bring this list of goals to university and as you bring your goals to fruition, think about how much you've grown and changed since you first wrote it. Sounds cheesy, but you'll be amazed by what a new and supportive and environment can help you achieve!
  2. Go to lecture.
    Seems simple enough, doesn't it? However, many students get into the habit of skipping lecture and once they start, it's hard to stop. Think of it this way: each lecture costs approximately $100-$150. Are you really willing to throw away that much money just because you want to sleep in? We didn't think so either.
  3. Sit in the front.
    Not only will this help you take better notes, pay more attention, and disinhibit your from asking questions, but it you'll also meet the other keeners who tend to sit in the front. Voila! Study group of like-minded, motivated students.
  4. Get started on readings right away.
    The more you let them drag on, the faster they pile up. Start the first week and never look back!
  5. Go to your professor's/TA's office hours.
    They're there to help you and they want to get to know you! On another note, a good relationship with a professor or TA can also go a long way in terms of references for scholarships, jobs, grad school etc.
  6. Find your ideal study place and make it a habit to go there regularly.
    If you establish one specific place where you feel really motivated to study and make a habit of going there, it will make it exponentially easier to maintain great study habits. Better yet, try going there during those 2-hours breaks between classes that you would otherwise spend lolling around campus. Voila! 2-hours of studying down and now you have a free(er) afternoon.
  7. Make a habit of reviewing notes regularly.
    When you come out of lecture, the material is usually fresh in your mind and you can rearticulate it without looking at your lecture notes. You want to keep your knowledge of the material at that level. Every week, review the new stuff, plus the previous weeks. The first few weeks will have 'compounded' study time so by the time the exam rolls around, you'll only need to review your notes rather than re-learn everything. This habit will save you a tremendous amount of time in the long run.
  8. Stay connected.
    There are so many people at Western who are here to help you succeed. In residence you have RAs, Dons, ALPs, APCs and the RLC. On campus you have the Student Success Centre, Writing Support Services, Student Development Centre and many more. There is no reason to ever feel alone. We're here to help so never ever ever hesitate to reach out!
 
 
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