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NEWS RELEASE · 31st August 2010
Ministry of Advanced Education
Kick-start your first semester at college, university, or other post-secondary institution, move closer to that degree, diploma or certificate, and take on new challenges and opportunities with some helpful tips from the pros. The best way to gain from your experiences and get the most from your investment of time and tuition is to have a solid plan of action. Here are the top 10 ways new students can get the most out of this school year:

1. Be organized. Use schedules or calendars of your regular routines to help you stay on top of things, and prepare as far in advance as possible.

2. Get support from family and friends. They are an important part of your support system, and sharing the challenges of the upcoming academic year can help to reduce your stress levels.

3. Healthy, well-rested students make better learners. Make sure your well-being is a priority.

4. Introduce yourself to other students. It's always helpful to have someone in your classes with whom you can commiserate or get notes from if you have to miss a class.

5. If this is your first year, attend a new student orientation so that you can become aware of processes and procedures. Take a campus tour, and learn where your classes and the key facilities you'll need to use are located.

6. Connect with the resources in your school, such as your admissions counsellor and academic advisor, and establish a good rapport with your instructors. They can better support your goals and situation by being on your education team.

7. Schedule weekly reviews and updates. Experts suggest reviewing notes and readings just before class and lecture material immediately after class.

8. Prioritize assignments by starting with the most difficult subject first because it will be the most time consuming and attention-absorbing.

9. Manage your time effectively. Set aside fixed times for study, and whenever these times are unavailable, be creative and flexible by fitting it in whenever you can.

10. Stay safe. Become familiar with your campus, and learn about available campus security services.