Getting Organized: Tips for the First Week of College Classes

The first week of college classes can be a little stressful. It is a new environment with different expectations and lots of new faces. Luckily, UC is a very friendly and welcoming environment and students are well looked after in their first week of classes. Here are some of my tips to help make it a little easier.

  • You will put together your class schedule during orientation. Once you have registered for everything and checked it fits into your degree requirements make sure you put together your own schedule. On the class sign up on canvas you can click a section called ‘Calendar View’ that shows your classes in calendar form. I find this helps me to map out my week . I like to save it to my computer and put it on my phone so I can refer back to it.

  • Check all of your class locations and times before the week starts and take some time to find out where all of your classes are on campus. Don’t be afraid too ask your RA or other students for help.

  • The first week of classes is generally an introduction to the course. You will meet the professor and they will outline expectations for the class. You will probably read through the syllabus and be given dates of assessments and exams. I like to take the time to put all of these dates into my calendar straight away.

  • Try to meet some people in each of your classes and connect on social media. Having friends to help study and clarify homework assignments will be very helpful throughout the semester.

  • Rent/ purchase any required materials. In your first lecture, the professor will outline what is needed for the class (it will also be listed on the syllabus). Take some time in the first week of classes to organize your class materials and required subscriptions. The campus bookstore is a great place to rent textbooks!

The first week of college classes is very exciting; meeting new professors, sitting in large lecture halls and seeing different parts of campus for the first time! I hope these tips help you to make the most out of your first week of classes.

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