Monday, August 18, 2014

Top 5 Tips for a Successful First Week of Classes from your Anderson Advisors

1.    GET HERE!
If you haven’t experienced it already, you will soon find that parking at UNM can be the most taxing part of your day. Be sure to give yourself at least 15 minutes before the start of your class to park, take the shuttle, and walk to your classroom. Remember, you can bike (or even motor scooter) yourself to campus for a little added convenience. There are parking spaces available for your scooter and bike racks all over campus – take advantage! Nobody wants to be late to the first day of class, so don’t be that person. Use the UNM PATS website to plan your route.

2.    GET READY!
Oftentimes, you will receive the syllabus for your course before you go to your first class meeting. This is a great way to get yourself prepared. Know what is expected of you early to prepare yourself for a successful first week of courses. Have your books before classes start, more often than not, you will be given a reading assignment for the first class. Remember, failing to plan is planning to fail.

We live in a technological wonderland. We are never disconnected from, well, anyone or anything. It can be difficult to focus on the course material when your laptop is abuzz with social media alerts, so do yourself a favor and turn them off. Your friends, your Facebook page and your Twitter account will all still be around when class is over. Trust us, you WANT to pay attention – repeating a class because you spent the entire time Tweeting is #notcool.

There are many events and activities the university offers during the first week of classes during “Welcome Back Days.” Enjoy them!  Take some time to talk to new people, get reacquainted with the campus, and have some fun before the reality of studying, midterms and finals sets in. Visit the Student Activities website at to see what events are scheduled.

Have a quick question you just can’t seem to find the answer to? Come see us during the first week of classes for Speed Advising. We will be available in the Anderson Advisement Center from 1:00pm-3:30pm Monday – Thursday of the first week of classes to help you get holds removed, add or drop a course, and other quick advisement issues. If you need more assistance you can call the advisement center at 277-3290 to make an appointment. We want you to succeed and we are here to help!

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