College Adjustment & Transitioning GFGA 2010

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Workshop on October 20, 2010
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College Adjustment & Transitioning GFGA 2010

  1. 1. College Adjustment, Transitioning & Time Management October 20, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Changes to Expect in the First Year of College<br />Increased personal freedom.<br />Increased responsibility.<br />Different surrounding and relationships at college.<br />Changing relationships with family and friends from home. <br />Significant academic differences compared to high school. <br />
  3. 3. Areas of Differences BetweenHigh School and College<br />Rules<br />Teachers/Professors<br />Classes<br />Tests<br />Grades<br />Environments<br />Life Styles<br />
  4. 4. Tips for Successful Adjustment to College Life<br />1. Stay positive.<br />2. Go to class.<br />3. Get involved. <br />4. Party smart. <br />6 Eat well and sleep well. <br />7. Manage your time wisely. <br />8. Manage your stress. <br />9. Communicate productively. <br />10. Maintain healthy relationships. <br />11. Utilize campus resources. <br />12. Stay focus on academic success. <br />
  5. 5. College Roommate Etiquette Tips<br /><ul><li>Clean up after yourself.
  6. 6. When your roommate wants quiet, be quiet.
  7. 7. Never wake a sleeping roommate.
  8. 8. Do not use your roommate’s stuff without permission.
  9. 9. Be reasonable about visits from friends.
  10. 10. Be reasonable about visits from “special” friends.
  11. 11. Don’t do anything that makes your roommate uncomfortable. </li></li></ul><li>College Roommate Etiquette Tips- cont’ <br /><ul><li>Never gossip about your roommate.
  12. 12. Never spread your roommate’s secret.
  13. 13. Do not break your roommate’s things.
  14. 14. Never make fun or belittle your roommate.
  15. 15. Communicate with your roommate in a positive manner.
  16. 16. May do a “roommate contract”. </li></li></ul><li>Transitioning to College Level Time Management<br />What are the differences between time management in high school and in college?<br />No parents / daily reminders.<br />No daily contact with professors. <br />Your time is more of your own / not as structured.<br />Grades in college are based on fewer tests/papers.<br />Much more time is required for studying and test preparation. <br />
  17. 17. Where does time go? <br />http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/TMInteractive.html<br />
  18. 18. How to prioritize? <br />Categorize all activities based on apparent urgency and ultimate importance:<br />1. Important and Urgent <br />2. Important and Not Urgent<br />3. Urgent but Not Important <br />4. Not Important and Not Urgent. <br /> *Do more of category 2 activities help reduce stress and improve time management. (from Steven Covey) <br />
  19. 19. Planning Your Use of Time<br />Long-term schedule: semester/term calendar <br />Fixed commitments (tests, papers, class time, work hours)<br />Intermediate schedule: weekly schedule<br />List major events and how long each activity will take.<br />Include study and non-study activities.<br />Prioritize the tasks to be done.<br />Short-term schedule: daily to do list<br />Identify what needs to be accomplished for the day,<br />Including study, classes, meals, exercise, social time, etc.<br />
  20. 20. Time Management Strategies<br />Use daylight hours – more productive and efficient.<br />Schedule specific study time for each class - plan for 2 hours of outside study for every 1 hour of class.<br />Establish a routine study habit – be specific about the time and place to study each day. <br />Utilize small chunk of time and stay focused on task at hand! <br />Exercise – help with mental alertness and stress management.<br />Establish a consistent sleep schedule. <br />Establish good short-term and long-term goals. <br />Effectively confront your procrastination. <br />Think positively about your ability to have good time management. <br />Learn to say “No” to various non-priority demands on your time.<br />

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