Welcome to college! Your first weeks will be new and exciting, scary and overwhelming all at once. We want to help make your transition as smooth as possible by providing you with all the information and tools you’ll need throughout the school year.
Each college will have their own set of online tools, but many will offer similar features, including:
For technical issues, contact your college IT Service department for help. Click to expand the list of pages to get connected at your college.
“I have an exam tomorrow morning but I just want to beat this level in my video game”.
“I have to work on my assignment, but I want to keep binge-watching my favourite show.”
We know it’s hard to resist the temptation. The problem is those assignments and exams still need to be done.
Luckily, there are strategies that you can use to help you balance play time with work time:
Many students don’t plan to fail, they just fail to plan. Use these time management strategies to use your time more effectively:
“My instructor speaks so quickly, I can’t get write everything down”
“I don’t understand my notes when I look at them later”
Between lectures and slides, your instructor will cover a lot of material. Learn how to take effective notes that will still make sense to you later on.
It’s not what you read - it’s what you know
It’s not what you read- it’s what you remember!
If you spend lots of time reading but can’t seem to remember anything - you need reading techniques.
During your time in college, you will likely have plenty of questions. Luckily, there are many helpful services at each college that can provide you with whatever you need.
These services can include:
Remember that there is always someone in the college who can help answer any question you may have.
Here are a few ways your program coordinator and your instructors can help:
Other staff and departments at your college may also be available to answer your questions. With so many people available to assist you, it’s better to ask for help when you need it rather than struggling on your own.
Now that you have the basic knowledge and confidence to help get you started, it’s time to move forward in the semester.
Continue to the Moving Forward page to learn some tips and techniques to help you in your college program and your career.
NOTE: this material is meant as a general guide, if your professor's instructions differ from the information we've provided, always follow your professor's instructions.