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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!