Back to School

Posted on: January 31, 2013

Everyone associates the Fall with 'Back to School' time for the kids.  Yellow school buses cart eager minds off to class, the air is crisp and clear, nights are cooler, and the leaves are starting to change.  For adult learners, the Fall can also be a great time to begin working towards a degree.  With the hustle and bustle of summer behind us, the time seems ripe to begin our own studies.  If you are just heading back to school, here are a few tips to ensure a smooth transition back to the classroom.

1. Find Balance and Make a Plan:

Everyone has existing commitments between work, life, and family.  It is important to make a plan for when you will study, where, and for how long.  It is very easy to fall into an “I’ll work on school later when I have more time” rut.  If you create a schedule for yourself, you are more likely to follow through with your school commitments.

2. Find a Support System

School and its added commitments aren’t easy!  Utilize the Support Systems that JIU offers for its students.  Ask for help from fellow students and your professors.  Reach out to your SSA.  By simply asking, you’ll find that JIU offers many areas of support for our students.  In addition, prepare your friends and family for the changes that will occur once you start your classes.  By letting people know how important your degree work is to you and also the time commitment that it will require, they can help you succeed.

3. Get organized

Make sure you have your books, class materials, and schedule figured out before you start class.  It will be much easier for you to be successful if you are prepared for your school work before classes start.  If your computer and technical skills are a bit rusty, it might be beneficial to take a quick brush-up course on computer programs and basic operation.

As you embark on this journey, JIU wishes you the best of luck!