Feb 18
Surviving your first year of college

 ​firstyear.jpgYour first year at tertiary is as much exciting as it is daunting. Now you are the new kid on the block, you need to learn the ropes well and fast if you are to survive.

It's only natural that you may be feeling anxious as college life is like nothing you have ever experienced before. Follow these 10 tips offered by Rosebank College as we hel​p you navigate your way around college corridors to successfully survive your first year, while also enjoying all the experiences and opportunities tertiary life has to offer.

1.       Attend orientation

Orientation is a great opportunity to get all the necessary information needed for you to get through your first year. During "O week", as it's also called, you will get to meet your lecturers and fellow classmates. You will also be taken on a tour of the campus and will get briefed on how things work at your new institution. While it is not compulsory for you to attend, make sure you take advantage of this opportunity.

2.       Make friends

By attending orientation you will get an opportunity to make friends and meet with students who are studying the same thing as you. If you don't attend orientation, make an effort to get to know your classmates and don't forget having smart friends is never a bad idea. Your friendships in college are important, these are the people who will take notes for you when you can't, or your study buddies, and let's hope not only partying buddies.

3.       Find accommodation close to school

Finding accommodation close to school is very convenient and saves you time to study instead of traveling. If you have the option of staying close to school, take it. Some classes end late, and you want to be able to get to and from school with as little hassle as possible.

4.       Make use of the library

If you haven't been to a library in a while, you need to orient yourself again. The library is the perfect place to find some peace and quiet when you are looking to study or to do some revision. You can also access additional reading material and make use of the computers. Find out where your campus library is situated.

5.       Find out where your classes are

Make some time to locate your classes before class. Arriving late for lecturers or not at all is never a good idea, given the amount of information that is shared during lecturers, you will most likely lose out on some valuable information or just simply make a bad impression with your programme coordinator.

6.       Find out who the relevant person is about enquiry

There are many people on campus who are there to assist you to make your experience a memorable one. Make sure to identify who the correct people to ask for information are and ask as many questions as you need answered.

7.       Read your timetable properly

Make sure that you read your timetable properly and that you know which classes take place on which days. You don't want to miss a class test because you read Thursday and not Tuesday.

8.       Find out when assignments are due

Make sure that you honour your assignment deadlines. Assignments and tests contribute significantly to your overall performance and you want to collect as many points as possible. Give each assignment your best shot and make sure you hand them in on time.

9.       Buy the correct textbooks

Textbooks are updated often and sometimes yearly. Make sure that you get the recommended textbooks and the latest editions required. While some information between old and new versions may be the same. You are usually required to buy new textbooks because the course work covered for that particular course or module is found only in the latest edition. Rosebank College textbooks can be bought from www.credo.co.za       

10.   Attend classes regularly

Attending class is an effective way of making sure that you stay on top of your learning and assignments. By attending regularly you know what is expected of you and what you are expected to know. It's also during class that programme coordinators/lecturers give away important notes on what to expect during tests and exams.

11.   Utilize all school resources

Make use of free Wifi to do your assignments and make use of all other resources available to you. Use RC Learn to chat to your programme corordinator about assignments, tests and anything else student related.

12.   Attend social events

Like all things in life you need to balance work with play. Make time to have some fun, attend social events and enjoy your whole student experience, before you know it you will be in 2nd year.

For more information on the various IIE programmes offered at Rosebank College visit http://www.rosebankcollege.co.za/Courses/Pages/default.aspx  or  www.iie.ac.za

Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (Pty) Ltd which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997 (reg. no. 2007/HE07/002).Company registration number: 1987/004754/07.


Written by Karabo Keepile​