Tips to Help you Successfully Transition to Tertiary Studies

With no teachers guiding you, it’s easy to feel lost. But you can take charge of your post-school experience with our tips to help you successfully transition to tertiary studies.

So you’ve finished high school and are about to start the next chapter of your life. Looking for tips to help you successfully transition to tertiary studies? Look no further. Change is part of life, and the way you deal with this change can set the tone for how you adjust to your future career.

Girl biting a pencil looking at her laptop. Tips to help you successfully transition to tertiary studies.

Tips to Help you Successfully Transition to Tertiary Studies

Independence can be both exciting and overwhelming. So to prevent you from struggling, we’ve put together a few tips to help you successfully transition to tertiary studies: 

  • Get organised
  • Make friends
  • Ask for help
  • Study a course you’re passionate about
  • Use all your resources

Get Organised

A diary will help you stay on track with important deadlines. You should have two calendars: one you can stick on your wall, and another on your cell phone. Add the dates for all your tests, exams and assignments and set reminders a few days before they’re due. 

Make Friends

Whether you’re studying full-time, part-time or via distance learning, you need friends. There will be days when you won’t be able to attend class and need someone to help you catch up. Support systems will really help manage your stress and anxiety.    

Ask for Help

Coursework not making any sense? Well your friends and tutors can only help if you tell them you’re struggling. You can seek advice from lecturers or tutors. Check their office hours and make good use of them. There is no shame in admitting that you need help. 

Study a Course You’re Passionate About

Transitioning to tertiary studies will be a lot easier if you’re studying something you enjoy. This is because your excitement will motivate you to keep up with the growing workload. If you aren’t enjoying your course, it’s not the end of the road. You can switch to one that suits your interests.  

Use all Your Resources

Whether it’s free access to online study groups, on-campus career counsellors or the student support team. You should make use of everything your institution offers. It’s there for you, after all. These resources will help you find your way as an independent student.   

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Last Updated: June 2, 2022

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Tamsyn Gallie
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Tamsyn Gallie is a Junior Content Writer at Skills Academy. Her aim is to create content that is well-researched, educational and engaging. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, baking and anything that allows her to be creative. She is passionate about lifelong learning and believes it’s never too late to learn something new.