Your First Month
- See your advisor during walk-in hours if you want to drop or add a class.
- Go to all your classes, even if you hear that the first day doesn’t matter. It does!
- Gather your syllabi and read each one thoroughly. Pay attention to the Learning Outcomes section to understand what your professor wants you to learn.
- Add all due dates for exams, quizzes, papers and projects to your planner.
- Start planning a study schedule. Remember, you’ll need to study 2 hours/week for every hour you’re in class. Keep in mind that the best time to review your notes is as soon after the class as possible.
- Introduce yourself to one new person in your classes each day. Remember that almost 1/3 of them will be transfers like you.
- Attend Transfer Student Welcome sponsored by Student Affairs. Introduce yourself to at least three people.
- Get to know the important places on campus using this interactive map
- Ride a UGA bus to see the whole campus (allow an hour for this)
- Surf UGA’s academic websites and get to know what’s available to assist you, especially the Division of Academic Enhancement. The best students use DAE regularly.
- If you haven’t already done so, sign up for a mentor. Many colleges and majors have mentoring programs. If yours doesn’t, you can sign up through Student Affairs here.
- Check your planner for upcoming tests and assignments. Start to prepare EARLY!
- Start or join a study group in your most challenging class.
- Schedule an advising appointment.
- Visit one of your professors’ office hours. They want you to come!
- Wondering if you’re in the right major? Visit the Exploratory Center in Memorial Hall or
- Start considering your options to satisfy your Experiential Learning
- Join at least one student organization. Volunteer activities are also a great way to meet people.
- Start meeting regularly with your study groups and stay ahead in your class assignments. You won’t regret it.
- Oh…. And be sure to catch a UGA football or basketball game. GO DAWGS!