Nine tips to start in college
September is the "new year" of the young students: books, notebooks and backpacks are released with the return to the school of the little ones, and the elderly begin a very important stage in their life: the beginning of the University. These are the tips to start the university of the directors of some of the best educational centers in the world.
When starting in the new university world, very different from what has been lived until now, the advice is essential, but not all are worth. Anyone will have had their own experience of this stage, and this is something very important to consider: that such a teacher was "bad" for someone does not mean that it will be "just as bad" for someone else. Despite that, the councils always help when a new stage begins,especially if that stage has to do with the University.
Coinciding with the start of the university course in the United Kingdom, the British newspaper The Telegraph wanted the directors of the main educational centers in the country to remember their student days ... and as such advise future students. These are your valuable advice.
Valuable tips to start in college
- Richard Palmer, of St. Christopher School, in Letchwoth Garden City: The most important is establish a positive relationship with the tutor or who supervises the student's progress. It is best to use the first days to begin the relationship with, for example, questions to the main doubts that the student has.
He also advises the union to the different activities that they take place in the university, not only those that are already known, but also new ones. And finally: learn to cook at least three "decent" dishes.
--Jennifer Smith, director of the Brighton and Hove Institute. Invite students to eliminate the feeling of believing that things happen as "luck": no, it is the effort and work what have made the student get a place at the University he wanted, and exactly the same ingredients will achieve success in this new stage.
The director of this institute explains that doubts about oneself are very common, but advise to focus more on progress than on perfection, never compare yourself with other people and maintain your ambition and the soil you want to achieve. Above all, your advice is to never be afraid to ask for help.
--Alun Jones. Director of the St Gabriel's school. "Do not repress" is his clear advice: the director of this school encourages new college students to try everything they set out to, in this way, discover what is right and find balance. Enthusiasm, commitment and open mind they are the three pillars to start this academic stage, but also social since new friends will be known.
- Katharine Crouch. Director of the Sutton Institute. This teacher remembers that the University is a unique opportunity to know oneself, what he wants and what motivates him. Therefore, invite college students to talk to these new people you will meet and never force yourself to fit in: look for yourself and get organized.
- Sarah Welch. From Gosfield School, in Essex. It recognizes that the change to the university world can overwhelm, because suddenly everything is different, as much in the educational scope as in the social one. His advice is balance: be open to new experiences but maintain what one is and what one enjoys.
This director encourages you to take the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends, as well as to value the time for relaxation alone. Of course, remember that it is necessary to take the studies seriously, but it is also important to take "breaths" out of the books to reflect on that same learning.
--Kieran McLaughlin. Durham School Director. His advice is concise: be yourself. It's good to join new activities, but you have to have the confidence in oneself not to be dragged by the crowd. In this sense, remember that finding new friends can take time, so do not be overwhelmed. Of course, he advises to be disciplined with the studies from the beginning.
- Charlotte Avery. From St Mary's School, Cambriidge. Organize your study time, carry out extra readings and maintain effective study habits. About the new people that are known, a maxim: Have an open mind to meet many people but do not expect to find your soul mate in the first weeks.
This director is quite clear: she encourages social life, but that it be balanced with the hours of sleep and study. Thus, it is also recommended to sign up for new activities, especially those that are more unknown.
- John Hind. Director of Dame Allan's Schools. The University is a great opportunity that must be exploited both working and with extra curricular activities. "Being busy is the best way to fight nostalgia for home", says this director, who joins the recommendation often made to be oneself and not be carried away by others.
- Philip Britton. Director of the Boston School. For this expert, the key is in the organization: the university is not the school with daily duties, so the progress depends on the student and his organization to advance daily.
In short, remember that the course you started has chosen you because you were good and you wanted to study, so ... enjoy it.
Angela R. Bonachera