tips for success

Navigating first year can be challenging. There are so many things to do, so much to learn, and it can become overwhelming. 

1) Attending class

2) Read and understand your course outline/ syllabus

  • Refer to your course outline/ syllabus for all due dates, guidelines, and expectations 
  • Make a note of all due dates and exam dates on your schedule 
  • Look through your course critical path before coming to class and have an idea of what topics will be covered

3) Don't be afraid to ask questions and seek assistance when needed



Quick tips for getting better sleep

Evaluate your room

  • Get rid of lights in your room- blue light (like your phone) causes you to stay awake, sleep mask
  • Reduce disruptive noises, remove loud clocks, try a “white noise” machine, fans ear plugs

Your phone

  • Set your phone and screens to the “night” setting a few hours before bed. It reduces the blue light that keeps you awake
  • Avoid using your phone before bed.
  • Avoid checking your phone at night.

Running thoughts in your mind

  • Keep a notepad by your bed. If you have thoughts rushing through your mind, write them down to get them out of your head and read it in the morning
  • Avoid doing homework or studying in your bed, this makes you associate anxiety with your bed

Follow a regular sleep schedule

  • Make small adjustments, try to sleep 15 min earlier each night
  • Once you adjust your time, be consistent
  • Practice a bedtime routine- e.g. breathing exercise
  • When it’s time to wake up, open your curtains and let the light in- this will help you wake up