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New Student, New Classroom

It's hard being the new kid at school--especially when studying abroad! However, with these tips and tricks, you can get through it.

30 March 2020

No matter who or where you are, it’s always hard being the “new” kid at school. It happens to most everyone when they start university, even though there are hundreds of students all starting out in the same boat. However, with a little help, you’ll get through it. If you’re wondering how to be a good student in a new classroom, you’ve come to the right place. Keep on reading!  

New Challenges 

Studying abroad in a new place will bring forth new challenges and obstacles that you will have to overcome - how to be a good student. So what exactly does that entail? Firstly, since you will be taking many different classes, making friends with those who you sit around will prove to be helpful. For example, if you are sick one day and can’t make it to class, you could ask them for notes to stay up to date. 

Pay Attention 

Another way to be a good student is to always pay attention. Some people think because they’re in a large class, they don’t need to pay attention because the professor probably won’t notice. However, whether you’re in a large class or not, it doesn’t matter—the material that you’re learning is still important!  

If you pay attention, the material you are learning will get easier to understand and you will be able to pass the class without fail. Be sure to take notes, ask questions and participate as much as you can. This will show the professor that you are interested in the material and will help you understand it more too.  

Office Hours 

Another way to be a great student is by going to office hours. Many professors are available for office hours. This is where you can schedule a time to see them and ask any questions you may have that weren’t answered in class. Take this time to really get to know what your professor is looking for and put your best foot forward. Office hours can really help if you want to get on the professor’s good side. They will see you are taking an extra step to do well in the class and will (hopefully) reward you for it!  

Time Management  

Any good student knows that managing your time and creating a schedule is a good thing. If you manage your time well, you will have time to enjoy yourself after and make the most of your time abroad. If you know there are certain deadlines you have to meet, try to get those assignments done beforehand and not wait until the last minute. This will ensure you have time for other activities, besides worrying about your work all the time!  

Relax!  

Another way to be a good student is by making time to relax and de-stress. By doing so, you will feel healthier and be able to concentrate better. Exercising, eating well, and hanging out with friends are all perfect examples of things that will help you destress. 

Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone 

You can be a good student by trying to push yourself out of your comfort zone and communicating your thoughts, ideas, and opinions out loud. It can be scary to speak up in class, especially if you’re new, but the more you do, the more you will feel comfortable and put yourself out there. This way people will get to know you better, and in turn, you may even make more friends!  

Trying you best to be a good and thoughtful student in a new environment can be hard, but if you are dedicated and motivated, it will be a breeze. If you pay attention in class, take notes, and learn as much as you can, you will have time for more adventures, activities and making memories while abroad. 

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New Student, New Classroom

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