January 15, 2019

Starting The Semester Right

As another break comes to a close a new semester at UW Colleges Online is set to begin. New and continuing students alike look forward to the experiences a new semester will bring. 

Wherever students are in their college career, the start of a new semester offers plenty of opportunities to learn new things and grow as a person. It can also be a time of increased stress. With so much going on and a host of new responsibilities, it's easy for students to lose focus on the important things.

There are plenty of resources available to help students along the way, including their advisers. Greg Zimmerman, a UW Colleges student services advisor, offers his tips on getting the semester started on the right foot. 

Create a schedule, and stick to it

Create a schedule, and stick to it

Keeping track of a varied schedule and assignments for each class can be tough in online setting. Many course lectures are posted at a certain time, and students need to figure out the best time to view them.  

Zimmerman says it's important students know their schedule and plan accordingly. "Figure out when you'll view your lectures and you'll study during the week. Use time in between classes to review, then use evening time to read, study notes and write papers. Most of all, keep your deadlines in mind" 

Learn about (and use) available resources

Learn about (and use) available resources

UW Colleges Online is dedicated to helping students find success, and a big part of that commitment is providing resources for students. Learning about these assets and taking advantage of them is a great way to get the year started on the right foot.  

Whether it's contacting health and wellness counselors for help with a stressful situation or using the software available through UW Colleges Online, there are plenty of resources at every campus that will help students succeed. If students have a question or a need on campus, chances are someone can help! All they have to do is reach out. 

Don't wait to think about your next step

Don't wait to think about your next step

With so much on a student's plate at the beginning of the semester it might seem silly to think about future plans. Think again.   

"For students planning to transfer after attending UW Colleges Online, they should take a moment and see how their credits will transfer to the institution they want to attend in the future," says Zimmerman.   

UW Colleges Online offers students guaranteed transfer to any four-year university in the UW System. Knowing which classes are needed will only help students succeed as they continue their journey in higher education.

Get some sleep

Get some sleep

Between class, work and other responsibilities, it can be hard to slow down and take a break. Without a good night's sleep though, those papers, presentations and exams are going to be much harder.  

The start of a new semester is a huge change in a student's life, and sometimes it's easy to ignore the basic necessities. Students should remember to get enough sleep so they succeed in and out of the classroom. 

Just remember you're not alone

Just remember you're not alone

Returning to school after years away? Going to college later in life than you planned? Pursuing a degree while trying to balance work and family life? Making the decision to go to college is a big one, and it can seem even more daunting when you don't fit the image of a "traditional college student."  

That's okay! About 25 percent of students at UW Colleges institutions are considered nontraditional students. They work, they're taking their time to get a degree and they can even remember a time before smartphones. UW Colleges Online is proud to serve every student, wherever they are in life. So if things start to get hectic, take a deep breath and remember there are plenty of students dealing with similar challenges and following their dreams. 

These are just a few tips from UW Colleges advisers to help students get the year started on the right foot. Get more information on enrolling at UW Colleges Online.

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