Orientation


Motivation and support


If you’re new to college — or returning after an extended period of time — you might find it difficult to transition to the rhythm of studying and completing coursework. Here are some tips to help you get back into the learning zone.

  1. Make time for school. Look at your daily schedule and decide what tasks you can cut completely, do faster or delegate to another member of your family.
  2. Dedicate a place to study. As you prepare for your first class, establish a space where you can read textbooks, complete assignments and participate in discussions — like a quiet place in your house, local library or University learning center.
  3. Establish a support network. Your friends and family can motivate you to reach your educational goals and help you when needed — reach out to them.
  4. Consider how you’ll use these skills in real life. Time management, critical thinking, reading comprehension, and essay writing aren’t just useful in college.

Staying motivated

When you’re juggling a hectic schedule and coursework, it's important to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Keep these things in mind, when you need that extra push.

  • Post a little inspiration. Place these printer-friendly posters around your home to remind you to finish strong.
  • Download inspiration for your desktop. Download the screensaver version (.zip) of the posters above and apply it to your desktop.

Finding support at home

Going back to school impacts everyone in your household, and the busier you get, the tougher it can be to keep the lines of communication open. Here are a few materials to help you stay connected.

  1. Show the kids you're in their corner. Leave these fun messages in your kids' lunches or bedroom.
  2. Let friends and family know you care. Show your gratitude for their support with these uplifting messages.
  3. Share your dream with the family. Post this helpful chart somewhere visible so your family knows you're dreaming big and you need their help.

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