The first six weeks of university
- Check my mindset: I’m in charge of my success at university.
- Figure out where my classes are, and go to all of them.
- Read the syllabus for each of my classes. Keep it for quick reference.
- Transfer important dates and deadlines from course syllabuses to my term calendar.
- Get my textbooks and course packs.
- Check my courses on onQ.
- Start right away on course readings, problem sets, and assignments; work builds up quickly.
- Use my time between classes to get schoolwork done, so I can relax later.
- Estimate how much time I’ll need to give to each course, and make a weekly schedule that includes time for work, sleep, extra-curricular activities, fun, and relaxation.
- Check my @queensu.ca e-mail account for important messages from Queen’s.
- Visit my professors’ office hours to introduce myself.
- Get to know other students in my classes. See if anyone wants to start a study group.
- Find a study space where I can get work done.
- Review my weekly schedule: is it working? Are there things I should change?
- Are there courses I need to add or drop? Look up the deadline.
- Go to a SASS workshop or sign up for a consultation with a learning strategies advisor.
- Look into ways to get involved on campus.
- Be open to new experiences, but stay connected with my family and old friends.
- Get enough sleep (7-9 hours / night) and get into a routine that works for me.
- Keep going to all my classes so I’m not caught off guard at midterms.
- Set up study groups with some motivated classmates.
- Keep up with course work. Do my weekly readings or problem sets before lectures, read my lab instructions before going to the lab, preview my lecture notes or slides before the lectures.
- Use my time between classes to do school work.
- Get help from my prof or TA when I get stuck, or make an appointment at SASS.
- See what assignments are due soon, and start planning them with the Assignment Calculator.
- Get some friendly feedback on my writing—make an appointment with a writing consultant or a peer writing assistant.
- Check out the advice on exam prep at SASS.
- If I’m behind in my course work, check out the SASS peer blog posts (like Playing Catch Up or Dear first-year me…) or book a learning strategies appointment.
- Get ready for midterms by picking up some study tips and blocking off time in my weekly schedule to study, eat, and sleep.
- Visit Student Wellness Services for healthy tips.
- Stay in touch with my family and friends to help me handle stress.
- Reflect on my experiences so far: What’s going well and not so well? Are things going the way I’d hoped they would? What do I want to change?
- Use my resources if I could use some help:
Welcome to Queen’s University! We are glad you are here. We want you to have a great first year. Just ask if you want help!