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Survival Tips for Continuing Education Students

Considering going back to school to improve your skills and further your education? Here's what you need to know before your first day of class. Academic Considerations  Assess   your   learning   and   study  skills. If you need to sharpen them,  attend   the   study   skills   workshops  offered   by   the   Career   and  Counselling   Centre   available   on  each campus.  Pace yourself. If you feel you have  taken   on   too   great   an   academic  load,   speak   with   your   academic  advisor.  Be   patient   with   yourself   and   your  program.   It   may   take   you   a  semester   or   two   to   meet   your  performance   expectations   and   get  a feeling for where your program is  going and where you are going in  it.  Set   realistic   goals   and   reward  yourself for achieving them.  Know   the   resources   available   on  campus   such   as   tutors,   computer  and  reading  labs, free  study skills  workshops, career and personal counselling, career fairs and job search strategies.

Address: Centennial College, P.O. Box 631, Station A, Toronto M1K 5E9, Onta r io, Canada Tel: 416-289-5000, Email: Page 1

Role Juggling  Prioritize your personal, social, academic and employment commitments.  Lead   a   balanced   life.   Good   nutrition,   proper   sleep,   and   regular   exercise   are   all  important  Be flexible. Recognize that you may have to let go of some of your responsibilities  because of your new role as a student. Be willing to delegate.  Set   aside   time   for   social,   family   and   relaxation   activities   to   get   some   relief   from  school demands.  If   you   start   to   feel   overwhelmed   or   discouraged,   ask   for   help.   The   Career   and  Counselling   Centre   offers   free,   confidential   counseling   for   personal,   career   and  academic concerns. The earlier you seek support, the better.  Try to focus on one task or role at a time. This will help enhance your concentration  and improve your effectiveness.

Family and Social Relationships  Keep your family members and friends informed about changes in your routine that  result from new demands on your time. Enlist their support. You may also want to  include them in school­sponsored events.  Be patient with others. Recognize that it can take some time for them to adapt to   your new way of life.  Set aside times when your family and friends can count on your undivided attention.  Ask friends or family members to proofread your essays, quiz you for exams or act  as a practice audience for your presentations. It keeps them involved.

Relating to Other Students  Seek   out   like­minded   people   who   share   your   values   and   desire   to   learn.   These  qualities transcend age, cultural and experiential differences. Address: Centennial College, P.O. Box 631, Station A, Toronto M1K 5E9, Onta r io, Canada Tel: 416-289-5000, Email: Page 2

 Talk with other mature students. Share strategies.  Take advantage of the opportunities provided by being a student to broaden your   circle of friends and develop future professional colleagues.  Consider becoming involved in something on campus beyond your studies.

Relating to Instructors  Familiarize   yourself   with   the   teaching   styles   and   expectations   of   your   various  instructors. When in doubt, consult with them.  Pursue and welcome constructive feedback.

Budgeting and Finance  Make sure you have the necessary finances to meet the demands of pursuing a  college education.  Investigate OSAP eligibility and other financial assistance that may be available to  you  Pursue cost­cutting strategies (e.g., purchasing used books and equipment)

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Address: Centennial College, P.O. Box 631, Station A, Toronto M1K 5E9, Onta r io, Canada Tel: 416-289-5000, Email: Page 3

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