After experiencing life away from school and freedom from papers, tests and homework, you might be worried about transitioning back in the academic environment. Maybe you’re especially nervous if you’ll be keeping one foot in the working world. Here are four tips to help make the transition back into school a bit smoother.
The easiest way to connect with a school is to spend time on campus and get to know your fellow students. Many campuses offer clubs for students of a particular major or interest. If you’ve been away from school for a while, getting involved on campus and finding other students who are also transitioning back into college life can make the transition easier.
Review the basics
If it’s been a while since you were in the world of academia, your study skills might be a bit rusty. Test time is stressful enough on its own, so avoid compounding stress and practice study skills that have been buried in your memory since you were last in school.
Make a schedule
If you’re going to be balancing school on top of work and family responsibilities, sit down and make a master schedule of activities – but don’t forget to pencil in time for things like homework as well. If you need help making sure you have time to study or take your kids to soccer practice, make arrangements in advance to avoid a last-minute crunch (and stress) so everyone gets where they need to be.
Academia is constantly evolving as new knowledge is discovered, but how much it has changed since you were in school depends on how long you’ve been out. Maybe when you left school all you needed to take notes was a pen and paper, and now students are taking notes online and turning in assignments electronically. Try talking with your advisor or someone at your college’s career services center. They can answer many of your questions about what life is like for academia in 2014.
Are you ready to get back into the swing of things? We offer many resources such as student organizations to help students get plugged in on campus. Contact us at 865-251-1800 for more information.