A new student’s guide to the first day of class

Classes for CIC’s Term 1 2018 begin on 26 March, where both returning students and new enrollees walk into the classroom for a whole new term of fun and learning. It’s a new beginning, and every new beginning is better with preparation. How should one approach the first day of class? Here are a few tips on making the most out of one’s return to school.

  1. Be ready to write

You never know what the instructor or professor will ask you to do on the first day of class. Bringing writing materials gets you ready to take down notes, important dates, cool ideas or even the names of new people you meet. Alternatively, you can bring a laptop if that’s your thing.

  1. Arrive early

Sure, arriving on time is good, but arriving ahead of time is even better. This kind of punctuality is a habit every student needs to master because it signals readiness and professionalism—things you’ll need to exhibit by the time you try out for your dream job, and qualities that will keep you in that job too!

  1. Feel things out

The first day of class is an opportunity to be mindful of crucial aspects of learning—the professor’s teaching style, your classmates’ personalities, the course requirements, class policies and many others. It lets you know what to expect in the coming weeks or months of study and puts you in an ideal position to quickly and more comfortably adapt to your new learning environment.

  1. Put your phone away

Consider the classroom a sacred place of learning. Give your undivided attention to the tasks at hand without being distracted by your phone. Otherwise, you’ll risk appearing disinterested, or worse, disrespectful of the professor. You don’t want to leave a bad impression on your first day.

  1. Connect with classmates

Succeeding in class (and in the workplace) has a lot to do with working well with others. You can’t rely on your own efforts to finish the course in a meaningful way. You’ll always have to work within a group, listen to ideas that differ from yours or even help fellow students understand the material. Connecting with others goes a long way in developing networking and leadership skills, so smile and say hello to someone on your first day!