Tips for a Smooth Transition to Campus Life


10 tips for keeping academics, and your personal and social life on track


1-   The most important advice is to show up, attend all classes, pay attention and take notes or ask for help if you need it.

2-   Time management is key. You will be 100% in charge of your own schedule. Don’t forget important dates and deadlines. Use your smartphone, calendar, apps to keep track of your schedule.

3-   Don’t be deceived by your free time! You will discover that “extra” time will be taken by reading, writing papers, preparing assignment, exams, studying not to mention, work, extra-curricular activities, volunteering, friends, family etc.

4-   Establish a distraction free study space that will work for you.  Keep up with your readings and review your notes regularly.

5-   Become familiar with the library- attend workshops on how to do research.

6-   Join study groups for the academic and social benefits.

7-   Take a mix of courses and don’t forget that it’s OK to change courses or programs.

8-   Ask questions and don’t be afraid to speak up in class

9-   Meet with your professors to clarify course content, discuss difficulties.

10- Be aware of resources to help you: counselling and accessibily services, academic advising, residence dons, professors, teaching assistants, workshops etc.


1-   If you are living at home, you may have to negotiate both your responsibilities and privileges.

2-   Work out a realistic budget and try your best to stick to it.

3-   If this is your first time living away from home, it will be exciting to truly be on your own but not unusual to feel homesick.

4-   Share some of your new experiences with your family.

5-   Recognize that your parents are just as nervous, anxious as you may be.

6-   Keep in touch with old friends but be open to meeting new ones.

7-   Adopting a healthy lifestyle in your fist year is really important for success.  Try to maintain balance in your day to day life:

  • Get enough rest
  • Eat regular and nutritious meals, snacks.
  • Get some exercise
  • Schedule some time to relax
  • Limit caffeine intake
  • Try to avoid or limit alcohol and drugs
  • Have fun and be safe!


1-   Join campus clubs.

2-   Apply for a part time on campus job.

3-   Volunteer at the Women’s centre or elsewhere.

4-   Work out at the campus gym.

5-   Try out for an athletic team.

6-   Attend workshops at the counselling centre, accessibility services, library…

7-   Form study groups.

8-   Take an active role in residence life, in your new student life.

9-   Write for the student newspaper, work for the campus radio station, join the musical ensemble, audition for plays or work behind the scenes for theatrical productions.

10-  Attend movie nights, pub nights, off campus social outings.


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