You’re in college! Ok, now what?
Here are some useful SURVIVAL SKILLS:
In the classroom….
1. Go to class.
Duh! Right? Not exactly. Many first year students, especially those coming from high school, are not use to the fact that no one is going to tell you to go to class. However it is definitely expected that you attend. Even though your professor may not be taking attendance, it’s important to attend to make sure you have all the information you need to be successful in class. Being absent will hurt your grades, and, let’s face it, you’re paying for these classes, you might as well attend.
2. Keep your syllabus handy.
A syllabus, given by your professor at the beginning of the course, includes instructor contact information, required texts, description of course objectives and assignment deadlines, and details how the final grade will be computed. Keep it and read it! It’s basically your contract with your professor.
3. Turn in your assignments on time.
This one needs no explanation.
4. Take notes during class.
Pay attention to what the instructor is saying. They can tell, even in lecture classes, who is not paying attention or doing other course work. Also, those notes may save you later when you are studying for your final!
5. Learn to think independently and critically.
Have an open mind for new ideas and challenge yourself.
6. Ask questions if you are confused or having problems.
Professors are human, not some scary monster who eats college students for lunch. They want to engage with you so if you have a question, ask it! Professors have office hours, these are times where they will be available in their offices to talk to you if you have any questions or concerns. Most professors believe their office hours are underutilized, so stop in and get to know them.
7. Remember the 3-to-1 rule.
It is expected that you dedicate 3 hours a week for every 1 credit you are taking. So a 15-credit semester means 45 hours of study time — that’s a full time job! Treat it as such.
8. Review material often:
Last-minute studying is stressful and reduces chances for good grades. Make use of time before class, on the weekends, or during any down time by reviewing your notes.
9. Take advantage of campus resources.
LC offers many resources that are here to help you succeed. Sign up for one of the College Success Workshops to learn about time management, study skills, or another area that you may be struggling in. Stop by the Writing Center to get some assistance before that huge paper is due or maybe visit the Math Skills Center to get some help before your big math mid-term exam . Student Support Services is available for any accommodations you may need, and your Academic Advisor is always available to assist you as well. Just remember that there are many departments and offices that are here to help you be successful. So stop by!
Outside of class—Campus Life
10. Visit your academic advisor each semester (at minimum).
Your advisor can help you select classes that will suit your needs and help you complete your degree.
11. Get Involved.
Becoming involved in a student organization, intramural sport or campus event helps you connect to campus and develop your leadership skills. Also, getting involved with the local Portland community can also help you make meaningful connections all while gaining skills that will help you become employable after graduation.
12. Get a campus job.
Working on campus is a great way to earn money, meet people and feel more connected to campus. What better way to learn how the institution runs than working for it yourself?
13. Manage your time wisely.
First year students tell us that one of their greatest challenges is learning how to manage their time well. Check out College Success Support for tips and resources on time management. Also, sign up for a College Success Workshop on time management.
14. Honor the academic integrity of this community.
As a member of the LC community, you are expected to be a student of integrity. Check out The Pathfinder to learn about College Policies and the Code of Conduct.
15. Select a major early and explore career options.
Choosing a major and finding a career path can be challenging; however, there are a number of useful resources on campus available to assist you with this. Your academic advisor as well as the staff in the Center for Career and Community Engagement (3CE) can help you with this. Remember, start exploring early and don’t wait until the last week of your senior year!
16. Learn how to manage your stress.
Balancing a full course load, living with a new roommate, being away from family friends are just a few reasons that can lead to a stressful first year for college students. Stay tuned to your stress levels, only take on what you can manage and visit Health Promotion and Wellness or Counseling Services if things become too stressful. Also your Resident Advisor (RA) or even a LINCS Mentor can assist you by giving you tips on how they deal with stress. You can also sign up for a College Success Workshop that focuses on stress reduction.
17. Keep fit.
Stay active and relieve some stress by exercising. We live in one of the most outdoor friendly places in the US. Go for a hike, ride a bike, or even go workout in Pamplin Sports Center, which is free to all students.
Have questions or concerns? Need assistance? The Office of Student Transitions & Experiences is here to help! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jenn Crowder, Interim Director of Student Transitions & Experiences at 503.768.7370.