7 study tips to help you settle into your new study programme So, you’ve decided to enrol on a course with Fircroft College. Welcome to the Fircroft Family! You may have some nerves about studying, what’s expected of you and what happens next. For many of our students, Fircroft will be the first time that they have been in education for a while. For others, they will be studying alongside their day jobs, juggling home and studies and making that bold first step into learning after some time away from college. It can feel a little overwhelming, but Fircroft has a supportive study environment, and it will soon feel like a home away from home. A little bolt hole; a place to escape while you immerse yourself into your new learning programme. We’ve put together some study tips that we’re sure that you will find useful: Find a place to study that works for you. After you’ve finished in the classroom, you may want to take advantage of the gardens, the library or the common room. Find a peaceful place that aids your study and utilise the space as much as possible Find your own learning style. Everyone learns in a different way. Some people like extensive notes, others prefer to listen intently. Some people like flash cards, others will want to talk through what they have learned with their classmates. Whatever your learning style, find it and make it work for you Read your notes. If you are something of a note maker, make sure that you give them a quick read once you’re finished for the day. This will help you pick up things that you don’t quite get yet, or help you understand things with more clarity. It’s a simple technique but one that can help you settle into your new study programme. Speak up. If you don’t understand something, please speak up in class and ask questions. It seems simple, but a lot of people can feel embarrassed. Don’t be. You need to make sure that you are getting the most from your time with us, and we want you to be successful. Eat well. It seems silly to mention the importance of a good diet, but eating well can increase brain power. Try not to reach for the chocolate as you reach that 3pm time slot where time seems to slow down. Our industry trained chefs will always ensure that you have a good balanced meal, so take advantage of this and make sure that you’re firing on all cylinders Move around and take breaks. Sitting for long periods of time will not help you study harder. In fact, you’re likely to burn out. Go for a walk, even if it’s 5 minutes. This will help you absorb information better and not be subjected to information overload. Manage your thoughts. It can be tough to come into a new setting and not feel like you aren’t going to succeed. Trust us, if you have the right attitude you will. We will help you every step of the way. Banish any negative thoughts and turn the ‘I can’t do this’ to the ‘I’ve got this’. It’s tough, and easier said than done. But, you have made the all important step of coming through the doors. Make your time here count. What other suggestions do you have to make your time with us count? Let us know! We always love to hear your feedback and your support with other students. Want to find out more about Fircroft College and which courses may be right for you? Take a look at our prospectus and course listing for more information. If you want to talk through your options with our Admissions team, please call 0121 472 0116.