New Year New OpportunitiesAre you thinking about going back to school after the Holidays as part of your New Year’s resolutions? Did you take a break for personal or other obligations? Are you wanting to earn your degree to open the door for more career opportunities?  Whether you took a short break or haven’t taken higher education classes before, it can be difficult to get started. People often don’t enroll because they are afraid of failure or don’t think they can manage school along with work and life obligations. Whatever your reason, don’t let it hold you back. Now is the perfect time to set new goals, educational goals, just in time for the new year.

At Grantham University, our purpose is to help you meet your goals and succeed. With our personal mentoring approach, we give students the tools and resources they need to succeed in college and beyond. We understand adult students and we foster successful learning environments. While we provide the tools to help you succeed, you need to take that leap and get started. So, let’s outline a few ways you can get back into the school mindset after a break or for the first time.

Gear Up

Prepare for the first day of class and be ready to go with the basic essentials. Since Grantham is completely online, it’s easy to get back into the groove without a long school supply list.

  • Ensure you have access to a good, reliable internet connection. We realize that not everyone has home internet, and that’s ok. Local libraries, coffee shops, or even McDonald’s, offer free Wi-Fi. Please be aware of security concerns when working on a public or unsecured wireless network. Take measures to ensure your data and privacy are protected.
  • Have a reliable computer. If possible, a laptop is preferred over a desktop as this allows you the flexibility to work when and where you need. Again, if you don’t have a personal computer, the local library may be your best option. Many retailers offer discounts for students, which makes purchasing a laptop more affordable.
  • Keep organized with a calendar. Keep all of your responsibilities, events, and important assignment due dates for all of your classes organized so you know what you have to do and when it’s due all in one handy place.

Plan Ahead

It’s important to plan ahead and keep tabs on all the activities in which you and your family are involved. This allows you to organize your school time around family events to ensure you are able to attend important functions, as well as complete your assignments on time. Keeping an organizer, whether digital or paper, with you at all times allows you to see potential conflicts and opportunities to maneuver obligations to stay on track.

  • Plan out, in advance all commitments -sports, band concerts, church, after hours work trips or events, etc. Put them all in your calendar.
  • Forecast which days and times will be best for you to study, check emails, and complete assignments. Be sure to add important assignment due dates, including weekly assignments and discussion posts.
  • Communication with your instructors and student advisors is vital. If you know of a possible conflict, communicate this as soon as you can to your advisor and instructors. They can help you create a plan to complete and submit your coursework. Grantham is here to help you, our instructors and advisors want to see you succeed.

Take Care of Your Wellbeing

Studies prove that regular exercise and healthy eating can have a positive impact on your ability to learn and maintain a healthy mindset. Since many online students are working professionals, parents, or both, it can be easy to put others before yourself. Each day, take time to also address your wellbeing. Be on you’re A-game when it’s time to study and take tests. Taking care of yourself, is also taking care of your loved ones.

  • Get plenty of sleep. The benefits of getting a good night’s sleep cannot be understated. Academic performance has been shown to improve when students get enough rest every night.
  • Keep the body moving. Make exercise your study break. This could mean playing in the yard with your kids, taking the dog for a walk, or doing chores around the house. If you actually want to go to the gym, by all means do it.
  • Eat right. Boost your cognitive abilities and potential academic performance with the proper fuel. Eating healthy helps prevent long term health issues and can improve learning outcomes. Keeping healthy meals on hand or some raw fruits and veggies for a quick snack can give you just the edge you need to power through your coursework.

Know Your Resources

Grantham is committed to your long term educational goals. We’re always here for you.

  • Student Advisors. From day one you’ll be assigned a student advisor who will be your dedicated support representative. Your advisor will routinely communicate with you, but you are also encouraged to contact them whenever you need something. They are your go-to resource and can help with a long list of topics, so be sure to utilize your advisor.
  • From the first day of class, your instructors will be ready to answer all your questions and assist you throughout the 8-week course. All instructors have routine office hours and post their contact information for your convenience. Don’t hesitate to contact them whenever you have questions or need assistance. They want to help.
  • Teaching and Learning Center. Grantham gives all students access to helpful resources, including live chats, an online library, and 24/7 tutoring.

Ready to Get Back Into the Groove of School?

Now that we’ve outlined a few tips, you’re ready to get back into school and pursue or finish that degree. Right?  Regardless of the reason, Grantham University can help you reach your goals. Take a look at our 100% online degree programs and kick off 2019 right. Contact Grantham today so we can get you back into class after the Holidays.