Tips for new students, round 2

This is the second in a two-part series: We asked returning students and faculty to offer advice to help new students succeed. We received some excellent advice, including this thorough 10-parter we thought deserved its own post. You can check out the first installment in the series here.

  1. Stay organized. Get a good planner, and write things down. It has been proven that we remember things better if we write them down. That goes for class notes, too.
  2. Arrive to class early. Get a good seat, and be sure you can see and hear well.
  3. Stay up-to-date on your financial aid. Maintain good communication with the Financial Aid office and Admissions office. Get to know your advisor, and don’t be afraid to get second opinions from other advisors. Complete your FAFSA on time.
  4. Order your books way before the first day of class. Don’t be the student without a book. Also, it is a good idea to read chapter one before the first day of class. That way you are ahead.
  5. Talk to your professors. If they can put a face with your name and get to know you, chances are they will remember you better. Creating a relationship will help with positive communication through the semester.
  6. Ask questions. There is no dumb question. Always ask for clarification if you need it. Set up a time with the professor if you need extra help.
  7. Ask about tutoring. Never be afraid to ask and sign up for extra help.
  8. Use the Purdue Online Writing Lab. This will help you through English 111 and make you a better writer by answering your style questions. Do not write the way you text.
  9. Read, read, read. Read as much as you can before class and tests. It is challenging but will help so much.
  10. The is no such thing as a stupid class. Every class presents opportunities in some way. Some classes (may not seem as helpful as others) and we have to take them, but always be open to learning new things from your new professors and classmates.

Michelle Mayo, Ivy Tech student

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