6 Helpful Hints to Transition to Tertiary Education
Has it been a while since you’ve picked up a textbook or sat an exam? Whether you’re considering undertaking tertiary studies for the first time or returning to study, it can take some time to get back into the swing of things.
Tertiary education can be an exhilarating experience, so it’s important to make the most of the opportunities that arise, manage your expectations and be prepared to study hard. If you’re worried that you’ll struggle to commence or get back into your studies, the following tips may help ease the transition.
1. Be positive
The first day is usually the hardest, but it doesn’t take long to get back into your routine or settle into a new course. Set yourself some goals and create a study schedule suited to you. Be determined, persistent and resilient.
2. Manage your expectations
Know what to expect. Tertiary study requires hard work and dedication. You are now expected to find your own path through your study experience and it is normal to find this challenging. Everyone needs time and energy to adjust to very different circumstances, but realistic expectations from the outset will help you adjust.
3. Take advantage of your institution’s student support
If you’re finding the transition to tertiary study more difficult than expected, help is at hand. At AIB, our Student Admin team can provide extra support during the transition period, as can our highly qualified Academics. Remember, don’t hesitate to seek help when you need it.
4. Connect with other students
One of the most useful ways to survive and thrive is to get to know other students. Peers on the same journey can keep each other motivated, work through challenges together and open your eyes to different view points. It is for these reasons that studying with a buddy (family member, friend or colleague for example) can be highly beneficial for learning. When studying with AIB, the student forum is the perfect place to engage with fellow students, as well as faculty, and keep connected. You can also join online study and support groups which exist across various channels.
5. Be prepared for crunch time
This is when assignments are due and exams are sat. If you haven’t been organised and studying steadily up to this point, you will feel the effects, so seek support early, stick to your study schedule and be prepared to put in the hard yards.
6. Allow yourself some down time
One way to avoid the ‘back-to-school blues’ is by making sure you allow yourself some time to relax and have fun. Exercise, go out with family and friends and ensure you get enough sleep. It’s okay to take a break from study every now and then, in fact, it’s necessary.
What do you think?
Finding the transition to tertiary study a little challenging? You’re not alone. What tips have helped you manage the transition to tertiary study?
This article was written by Jelena Milutinovic on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. The following sources were used to compile this article: The Good Universities Guide and The Sydney Morning Herald
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