>First Year Guide

WHAT TO DO YOUR FIRST YEAR IN COLLEGE

GO TO CLASS and STUDY!

Join Engineering student groups

Create/Join Study Groups

Take a tour of the Lied Library

HAVE SOME FUN!! Participate in campus activities

Attend a MU athletic event (football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball)

Meet and talk with at least 2 professors teaching your classes (go to their “Office Hours”)

Remember that your first priority is going to school and learning

WHAT **NOT** TO DO YOUR FIRST YEAR IN COLLEGE

Skip classes repeatedly

Be a “wallflower”

Avoid the Engineering Advising Center

Over-extend your schedule

Forget to register for the next semester!

SET REALISTIC ACADEMIC GOALS

Time management is key!

Balance your schedule by keeping in mind time needed for classes, studying, commuting, work, and campus activities

If you are taking 12 credits or more DO NOT work more than 20 hours per week!

STRESS MANAGEMENT

Prioritize your time

Associate with people you enjoy / *POSITIVE* people

Exercise and make sure you have some “down time”

Be assertive, learn how to say “NO” when over-committed

Use family and friends as a support network

When worries start to build up, talk to someone OR go to the Student Counseling Services Office

More Survival Tips:

NOTE-TAKING AND IN-CLASS SKILLS

 Sit in the front of the class

Be prepared to take notes when class begins

Have your class notes and handouts organized in a binder and/or folder

Copy down everything the professor writes on the board (it’s usually on the test!)

Be open-minded during class discussions

Ask questions and participate in class discussions

Review your class notes right after class to better retain information/make additional comments

 STUDY TIPS

Ask questions and participate in class discussions

 Set-up a study schedule or routine

 Study in a quiet, well-lit room (use earplugs if you have noisy roommates or siblings!)

Study/work at a large table or desk

Review class notes and textbooks and highlight important information

Set reasonable goals for yourself

Reward yourself for meeting goals

Take occasional “down-time” to decompress

TEST TAKING STRATEGIES BEFORE THE TEST:

Participate in review sessions/study groups

Review lecture notes, readings, and assignments

Review in several short sessions rather than “cramming”

Use flashcards for easier memorization

DURING THE TEST:

Read the directions first!

Make sure your writing is legible!

Work on the sections that you know first

Review all of your answers one more time once you have finished the exam

Source: > www.egr.unlv.edu/advising

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