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Top tips for students starting at college in September

Are you feeling worried about starting your college course in September? Moving on from your school and starting somewhere new can be really overwhelming, but don’t worry here at Nottingham College we’ve got some top tips to help prepare you for the move from school to college!

1. Make sure you’ve chosen the right course

At Nottingham College we offer courses in a huge range of sector areas so no matter what your career ambitions are, we have a course that’s perfect for you. Make sure that you are choosing a course you are interested in and you know you can commit to for the duration of your course- don’t just pick a course because all your friends are doing it or it looks the easiest one to choose.

If you think you’ve picked the wrong course- don’t panic, we can arrange a chat with one of our friendly careers advisors who can help you; don’t forget you don’t need to make your final decision on which course you want to study until you enrol with us. 

2. Work out how you’re going to get to college

However you choose to get us it will important to know in advance which route you’re going to take and where your closest public transport is. It’s always a good idea to practice the route before the start of term, that way you won’t feel as anxious on your first day. Find out more about how to get to college.

3. Get college ready!

Make sure you have all the equipment, stationary and uniform you need before starting your course. Your tutors will give you all the information you need at your enrolment session at the end of the summer break.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

At Nottingham College our dedicated student services team can help you with any worries or concerns you have. Every student will have a Learner Achievement Coach to support you throughout your time at college. Whether you want careers advice, financial support or just somebody to talk to, we are always here to help.

5. Everyone feels the same!

One thing to remember is that everyone starting college is in the same position as you! You are all new and will all have the same questions going through your mind the first week. No one will know where classrooms, or workshops are or where to find the library, or even remembering to wear your student ID lanyard every day.

Don’t be afraid to ask each other for help, remember you can always find a friendly member of staff to talk to and ask for help. If you are in need of advice, guidance and support, the Student Services team is dedicated to helping you. You can also speak to your tutor or your Learner achievement coach for help. 

6. Make new friends

Even if you have friends from school at Nottingham College, there will also be people in your classes that you don’t know. Speaking to new people can be daunting but you already know you have something in common with them if they’re in the same class as you!

7. Don't waste your free time

Unlike school at college you will have some free time throughout the week sometimes known as study periods, why not use this time to catch up on your assignments?. Use the library or quiet study areas to take advantage of that assignment deadline. If you do this then you will definitely have more free time in the evenings and weekends to enjoy.

8. Make the most of every opportunity and get involved

If you’re offered work experience- do it! If your course offers you a trip — go on it! If you want to be a class rep or student governor go for it!

College brings lots of new activities and opportunities for you to try alongside your study. We have lots of enrichment opportunities at Nottingham College. Make sure you get involved in different activities, activities run during lunch and late afternoon on the different college campuses and are FREE for students. Taking part in extra activities means your broaden your experiences at college and it also looks great on your CV.

9. Follow us on social media!

Stay up to date with everything that is going on and look out for important updates.

We hope these tips will help you plan ahead and prepare you for college, we look forward to seeing you in September!