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10 Tips for Transfer Students on a New Campus

It takes time to learn the rhythm of a new school, and all transfer students encounter different obstacles along the way. The following suggestions can help transfer students transition into a new school more smoothly.

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1. Attend new student orientation

Most colleges offer an orientation to all new incoming students. During this orientation, you'll learn different locations on campus, such as the library, bookstore, computer lab, and student services department. You'll also learn what resources are available for students, such as career counseling, mentoring, tutoring, and writing and math labs.

2. Meet with a school advisor

When meeting with an academic advisor, make sure to find out which credits will transfer from your prior school. Also, ask what classes you'll need to take in order to graduate as planned.

3. Discipline and organization

Hold yourself accountable by prioritizing and organizing your time wisely. It's a good idea to get a planner where you can write down important dates and deadlines concerning your studies. Stay focused on due dates for class assignments and projects.

4. Good study habits

Make sure to rollover effective study habits you adopted in your prior school. Arrive on time and attend class regularly. Review assigned readings and notes before each class. Don't procrastinate; complete assignments in advance, if possible. Develop a timeline for larger projects to avoid last-minute, all-night homework sessions. Lastly, allow ample study or writing time before taking an exam or completing an essay.

5. Realistic goal-setting

Set realistic goals along with dates for when you'd like to accomplish them. Both short-term and long-term goals are important, but again, make sure they're within your reach.

6. Know your finances

Learn how much financial aid you can potentially receive to cover school-related expenses at your new college. In addition, visit your new school's career center to find out what scholarships, work study, and/or internship opportunities are available.

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7. Do what's required in class

Attend class regularly and complete your homework on time. Make sure you read each class syllabus to learn what's required from the professor in terms of class assignments, tests, projects, fieldwork, and group work. Doing your homework on time allows you to practice what you've learned and focus on content you don't fully understand.

8. Meet up with family and friends

Stay connected to family and friends for emotional support, when needed. Spending quality time with friends and relatives can help release stress stemming from any life change.

9. Know your professors

Reach out to professors for additional help when you don't understand certain class concepts. You can also ask your professors for advice on how to succeed further in your studies. In addition, most professors serve as chairs and advisors for certain associations that you can join to network with other faculty members and students.

10. Join a club

Joining a club, organization, sports team, or even the student council has many advantages. You'll enhance your leadership and team work skills, and you'll likely make some new friends as well.

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