5 Tips to Start the Academic Year Off on the Right Foot

Being the new kid can be tough. Weeks in summer vacation mode playing Pokémon Go and binge-watching Netflix shows can make it a challenge to jump into the new academic year with full force.

As Academy of Art University welcomes new students starting in the fall semester, we spoke with Academic Resource Center (ARC) coach and instructor Keashla Marengo about the top five ways to make sure you start the semester with a bang!

Here are the top five ways to avoid making pesky rookie mistakes in college and get ahead:

1. Save Money

Consider buying your required materials or books online before you go to a store. Don’t forget to check for coupon codes when shopping online. Retailmenot.com is a great place to find coupon codes.

Also, consider signing up for an Amazon Prime Student account for free 2-day shipping. If you purchase your supplies before attending the first class, leave them unopened and save your receipts just in case the instructor changes the supply requirements.

Use your student discount by showing your ID at participating locations.

2. Get Connected

Exchange your contact information with 2-3 other students in all your classes. This will help you build your social network, have classmates to contact when you miss class or don’t understand an assignment, create a study group, or get to know others with your interest.

Take advantage of your class rosters available to you in the student portal. Get involved in campus life events and student organizations.

3. Get Ahead

Familiarize yourself with your classroom locations and how to use the Academy’s shuttle and Bay Area public transportation systems to access your classroom locations before your first day of class.

On the first week of class, record all your major and announced due dates for your assignments and events. Some other time management systems may include to-do lists, weekly study plans, and post-its.

4. Meet your Academic Coach

Visit ARC on the 3rd floor of 79 New Montgomery between the first and third week of the semester to meet your Academic Coach who can help you with time management, finding tutoring and workshops for your classes, understanding health insurance, or learning about all the Academy, ARC, and community resources.

5. Stay Motivated

Research and learn about the background, creative habits, and accomplishments of successful people in your career fields. Also, participate in class, accept feedback, and speak with your instructors to learn more about what it takes to succeed in your field of study.

The new school year is a huge opportunity to put your best foot forward. We can’t wait to meet you!