Tips for New Students<br />IEC Group of Institutions<br />
Overview<br />   Being new to campus can be overwhelming. But let us assure you that this place will feel like home before...
Give yourself time to settle in<br />Give yourself time to settle in and find your feet. Don't feel like you have to hit t...
Academics are your priority!<br />	You have the opportunity to learn from and study with some of the greatest minds in the...
Academics are your priority!<br /><ul><li>Turn up to classes
Unlike high school, no one will follow you up if you don't go to class. However, it is easy to fall behind quickly if you'...
Keep up
Lecturers pack a lot of information into a semester-long course. It's easy to get behind quickly. Keeping up with weekly r...
Learn to manage your time carefully<br />	P-sets, labs and class work will stretch your ability to balance school and free...
Learn to work in groups<br />	You may be used to working alone on academics. What you may find at IEC is that many of the ...
Establish the healthy relationship <br />	Now that you have become a college student, you should establish some new types ...
Ask for the Help<br />	Ask for help when you start to need it, not when you’re already buried! People who get to IEC have ...
Make friends<br />Starting to establish connections on IEC can help you feel more settled and that you belong. The percept...
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    1. 1. Tips for New Students<br />IEC Group of Institutions<br />
    2. 2. Overview<br /> Being new to campus can be overwhelming. But let us assure you that this place will feel like home before you know it! Yes, IEC students study and work hard, but they also get involved in campus activities, find time to have fun and make friends that will last for a lifetime!<br /> We hope these tips will be helpful for you! It is up to you to assess your choices and make decisions that are right for you. IEC offers tons of opportunities for you to become involved on campus, both in and out off the classroom, which are exciting and designed to enhance your time at IEC.<br />
    3. 3. Give yourself time to settle in<br />Give yourself time to settle in and find your feet. Don't feel like you have to hit the ground running and be able to manage everything perfectly right from the very first moment. <br />
    4. 4. Academics are your priority!<br /> You have the opportunity to learn from and study with some of the greatest minds in the world. The academic opportunities at IEC are amazing!! Make sure you take advantage of these opportunities. Talk with your academic advisors, professors, and of course – other students - about what you can do to become involved in research and other academic opportunities at IEC.<br />
    5. 5. Academics are your priority!<br /><ul><li>Turn up to classes
    6. 6. Unlike high school, no one will follow you up if you don't go to class. However, it is easy to fall behind quickly if you're not attending lectures, and your grades may be affected. Some courses have compulsory attendance requirements, or a participation component to the final grade. Even if you are not feeling great, just being in a lecture and listening is a good idea.
    7. 7. Keep up
    8. 8. Lecturers pack a lot of information into a semester-long course. It's easy to get behind quickly. Keeping up with weekly readings, problem sheets or computer labs will help keep your study load manageable. BUT even if you haven't completed all of the readings for a lecture or a tutorial, go along anyway. You'll pick up more information than if you stay away.</li></li></ul><li>Academics are your priority!<br />Be positive<br />Many students feel shy, anxious or awkward when attending new classes. If you have come from a small school, you may have been a big fish in a little pond and now you may feel like a very small fish! Be positive about yourself and your abilities. Remember that you have demonstrated the abilities and qualities needed to get you in to university and you will feel more confident with time.<br />Don’t Hesitate and ask questions<br />Questions are good; they show that you are an active listener. Feel free to ask questions if you do not understand the idea or if you have missed something. <br />
    9. 9. Learn to manage your time carefully<br /> P-sets, labs and class work will stretch your ability to balance school and free time. While you may have been able to procrastinate in high school and do fine, that might not work at IEC! But be sure you get involved in activities that give you some BALANCE!! blow off some stress and help you meet people!<br />
    10. 10. Learn to work in groups<br /> You may be used to working alone on academics. What you may find at IEC is that many of the students here are of your ability and helpful to work with on Problem Sets (P-Sets) and other academic projects.<br />
    11. 11. Establish the healthy relationship <br /> Now that you have become a college student, you should establish some new types of relationship with people. A lot of new people will enter your life: your dorm roommates, neighbors, college counselors, resident assistants, and, certainly, college faculty. The latter are people whom your subsequent life will depend on during your college years. This is why it is important to establish healthy relationship with your professors according to the basic principles of mutual respect. <br />
    12. 12. Ask for the Help<br /> Ask for help when you start to need it, not when you’re already buried! People who get to IEC have been at the top all of their lives, and asking for help for the first time is hard. It’s an important thing to be able to do. One of the lessons is to walk down the hall of your dorm and find an upper-class students. They have all been freshman too and are glad to be there to give you a hand!<br />
    13. 13. Make friends<br />Starting to establish connections on IEC can help you feel more settled and that you belong. The perception of many first years is that everyone else already has friends on campus and that they are the ONLY person who doesn't know anyone. Get to know people in your course. This can help you feel more socially connected and enable you to chat with other students about assignments or set up study groups. There are lots of different clubs and societies that you can join to get to know other students with similar interests to yours.<br />
    14. 14. Use the services that are there to help you<br /> When you enroll at IEC, you become eligible to access a wide range of services. The staff will be able to answer questions and provide support. If you are having difficulties, ask for help sooner rather than later (smaller problems are much easier to deal with).<br />
    15. 15. Final Words<br /> You'll learn more in IEC than you expect -- and sometimes the learning will not be reflected in the grade you receive. As long as you follow the study skills advice in this article, you should be well on your way toward academic success. Finally, let us leave you with one the philosophy "Work hard to play hard." And that's what college is all about -- learning new subjects and preparing for a career and lifelong learning, but also having fun as you transition into adulthood and discover who you really are and what you want from life.<br />

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