Introduce yourself to new professors and ask previous professors how they are doing. It is important to build and maintain relationships with professors and it could improve your connection and investment in the course.
Be proactive from the start. Schedule time for notetaking, reading, making flashcards, and studying early in the semester.
Write down all the important dates (found in your syllabi) in an agenda or electronic calendar. This can help prevent projects, papers, assignments, and exams from sneaking up on you.
Sit near the front of class. Studies show that students who sit near the front tend to be more engaged.
Keep a planner or a digital calendar updated with everything you have going on: classes, work, meetings for any organizations you are a part of, getting together with friends and family, etc.
Be realistic with how much time you have in a day to accomplish everything. If you keep your to-do list realistic you won’t find yourself staying up late or being discouraged with the things you still have left to do.
Prioritize your time. Figure out what is most important for you to accomplish and work on that first. If you have an exam next Monday and a homework assignment not due for a few weeks, prioritize studying for the exam.
Be sure to remember self-care in your time management – getting enough sleep, time for full meals, exercise.
Check out this chartto help you plan out your schedule! When filling it out, make sure you include tasks that are often overlooked (ex: getting dressed, making dinner, caring for pets, your commute) that can take up a considerable amount of time in your day. Drop-in with a peer coach if you need assistance working through it.
Your instructor’s office hours are a great first stop for any questions you have about material covered in class.
Tutors are a great resource if you need help with content-related questions as you study for exams or work on homework. Learn more about tutoring or schedule an appointment on their website.
If you need help conducting college level research, be sure to visit the library and speak with one of their research librarians for one on one assistance. Find out more on their website.
If you need someone to help review your paper or project, you can visit the Writing Center! Make an appointment online.
Success PLUS is available for free, ongoing, one-on-one peer assistance with college and life success skills. They offer assistance in time management, effective study habits, test-taking strategies, note-taking methods, and more.
FUEL NKU is Northern Kentucky University's on-campus food pantry run by students, for students. They offer FREE produce, refrigerated, frozen, and non-perishable food and toiletry items. Just bring your current NKU All Card.
NKU's Center for Student Inclusiveness goal is inclusion diversity, collaboration, and innovation. The Center includes: African-American Student Initiatives, Office of Student Accessibility, Latino Programs and Services, LGBTQ Programs and Services, Norse Violence Prevention, and Parents Attending College.
NKU's Financial Assistance office is a great resource for any questions you have about the cost of college and types of aid available. You can also stop by NKU OneStop to talk to someone in person.
Navigating finances can be one of the hardest parts of college. UCAP Student Services offers face-to-face help with financial, academic and personal topics.
NKU is partnered with CashCourse to provide students and alumni with free financial literacy resources. This resource can help you learn how to create a budget, how to protect your credit, and much more.
Some holds can prevent students from being able to register for courses. To find out if you have holds that need to be resolved, log on to your myNKU account and click on the Holds button in the student section.
Drop-in hours are an option for students with quick questions that do not need a full advising appointment. You can drop-in with a Peer Coach or an Advisor. Find out more about drop-ins or when drop-ins take place here!
Getting involved in organizations that relate to your major, like the COI Ambassadors, is a great way to network for future career opportunities and research in the field. Check out COI Organizations, here.
Student employment is a great way to get involved on campus. Many departments offer work study or peer coach positions which is an awesome way to work and get involved at the same time. Check out NKU’s employment site for listings!
Interested in becoming a COI Peer Coach? Click here!
Looking for an organization related to a hobby or interest other than your major? Check out MyEngagementand search through all of NKU’s organizations.
Career Services offers assistance on writing resumes, writing cover letters, and preparing for interviews. They can also provide information on career fairs. Go to their websiteto find out more about their services.
Handshakeis NKU’s own job search database where you can find jobs, co-ops, and internships.
Read the Informatics INFORMER bi-weekly or visit the Informatics+ page for information on professional development opportunities and assistance navigating the workforce.
Looking to get credit for an internship or co-op? Find out more here!
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Northern Kentucky University
Griffin Hall 404
Highland Heights, KY 41099