2 Get Ready for College Learning


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NSCC Marconi Campus in Sydney Nova Scotia

Welcome to college! Whether this is your first time in post-secondary education, or you’re returning to studies, you’ll have some goals you want to achieve. Wherever you are in your journey, you’ve found yourself in a college learning environment.

A good foundation for college is learning how to learn. By taking the time to read this book and work through the exercises, you’re investing in the skills that will support you in your classes and future learning.

Successful students share a set of skills and habits. These skills are not a secret; anyone can learn the skills that support successful learning. Taking time to learn proven study strategies will help as you pursue your learning goals and avoid pitfalls that can take you off-track.

Who is this book for?

This book focuses on the skills you’ll need to be successful in college courses or other adult education classes. If you are:

  • new to college studies.
  • returning to college after some time away.
  • a mature student.
  • an international student.
  • or a continuing student who wants to improve their skills and strategies; this book is meant to support you in your journey.

In this chapter, you’ll focus on how you learn. This knowledge will support your understanding of the study strategies presented in other chapters.



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