The beginning of a module for a Mildred Elley student is a fresh start. It's an end to the procrastination, another chance to stay on top of the game and watch it all play out perfectly. In short, it's the deep breath before the dive.
Whether you are attending school to become a massage therapist or are working to earn your certificate in business, here's a checklist of tasks and considerations that will set you up for success, whatever might come your way in the next 8 weeks.
You've received your new schedule, but how does it match up with the other commitments you have? Are you attending school while working? If so, look through your syllabus to see if the midterm for your computer programming course is going to collide with your manager's "No Time Off Requests" sign in the break room.
Do you have someone to watch your kids during your accounting class? What if your car breaks down week 2 of your medical assistant program? Is your 6 month dental checkup scheduled for finals week?
Anticipate schedule conflicts and deal with them ahead of time so that you aren't putting your academic achievement at risk.
Ride the waves of your "first week of school adrenaline" and get organized before you get overwhelmed.
See if your school is offering workshops on skills you need to brush up on, APA formatting or memorization techniques, and make it a point to show up.
Look at all the handouts you got the first day of school and gear up for bigger projects/exams.
Start a study group- keep it professional!
3) Introduce Yourself
The beginning of a new program or module means new instructors- or even a fresh chance at an old one! What kind of impression will you make?
Be alert in class, take notes, and ask clarifying questions.
Stop by to see your instructors in between classes. If you think you'll struggle through a class, use the Office of Academic Support and Advising or the Student Services Coordinator to find a tutor or study group. If you know you'll rock it, offer to be a tutor!
Don't forget, Mildred Elley also offers assistance in your job search. Introduce yourself to the folks in the Career Services Office. Never a better time to make a good impression and take real steps to change your career path.
Remember, the only success you'll enjoy is the success you create for yourself!
What obstacles are you overcoming this week? What have you done to set yourself up for success?