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Tips for a Successful Transition

As a First Year Experience Student, careful planning will help set the stage for a successful experience at Flagler College. You may find the following principles helpful no matter what your goals or prior college experience.

During Your First Semester

Try not to Overload Your Schedule
  • Don't take too many units or classes that may be difficult and/or challenging for you personally. (Mix harder classes with some not so hard, high interest ones).
  • Allow yourself to adjust to the demanding pace and work of college.
  • Watch for courses that need a prerequisite course before you can take them.
  • If writing is time-consuming for you, be careful not to overload with the writing intensive courses your first semester.
Improve Basic Skills as Soon as Possible
  • Take the courses you need to review, such as English and Math, as soon as possible as these are foundations for many other courses.
  • Take advantage of the Learning Resource Center for academic support and tutoring early on if you feel it might be helpful.
Seek Help & Advice
  • Meet with your advisor.
  • Write down your questions and/or concerns and bring them to your advising meetings.
  • Be on time for scheduled advising meetings.
  • Don't wait until the last minute to schedule the advising meeting.
  • Talk to your professors when you have a question or concern.
  • Talk to other students.
  • Stay in contact with your advisor.
  • Seek academic help before it's too late.
Other Helpful Tips
  • Use a good time management system that works for you.
  • Stay organized.
  • Attend every class.
  • Ask for help when you need it.
  • Set studying times and stick to them.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Follow your class syllabus like a roadmap.
  • Don't get behind on your reading.
  • Don't miss out on the college experience.
  • Expect ups and downs.
  • Become your own advocate.

Getting Projects Done

  • Break down your project(s) into manageable "bite sized" chucks, small enough to face doing them.
  • Work on the projects daily, even if it's only a little.
  • Keep the ball rolling until it's finished.

This solution won't do the work for you but it certainly helps you get the work done

Are You a Good Test Taker

Before the Test
  • Have your reading complete.
  • Spread review of class materials over several days rather than cramming.
  • Review text, notes, and homework.
  • Use 3x5 index cards for learning specific concepts or formulas.
  • Get sufficient rest and nutrition.
During the Test
  • Read the directions carefully.
  • Budget your test taking time.
  • If you go blank, skip the question and come back to it
  • If you go blank on an essay, pick a question and start writing. This may trigger your memory.
  • Don't panic when others finish. There's no reward for being done first.