As we are entering into the lovely spring days of May and early June, many seniors are preparing to go to college as first time freshman. This can be a daunting situation, especially for someone who is the first person in their family to be attending a college or university. Luckily there is a free Website to help them make the transition – Transitioning to College. This site is run by Kent State University and is a sister site to the TRAILS Program – a real time assessment of a person’s information literacy skills from grades 3 – 12.
Transitioning to College provides text and video compilations to help students do the best they can as they move from high school to the college environment. It has sections on what to expect when going to college; college libraries and what they offer from studies to socialization; tips for college research and projects; learning modules where current students provide advice and discuss what they learned from their own experiences as first time college students; resources for teachers working with high school seniors on how they can help prepare their students for college; free assessment tools to determine a high school student’s current information literacy skills and a section where users can share and/or view other favorite Websites on what it means to be a college freshman.
There are also videos on how to use academic libraries and their databases. This is a skill not many students will be fluent in when arriving at college; but will be expected to use for their projects and reports. For someone who has limited or no experience, using these services can be an intimidating task. By visiting this Website and watching the videos, students have a resource where they don’t feel put on the spot or embarrassed to find ways to fix their lack of knowledge in this area.
Users also are taken step by step on how to develop the type of research paper their college professors will be looking for. Some of these steps are acted out by college students in a more accessible manner than by just reading the text alone.
Links are provided to other aspects of college life. There is a section on the steps one needs to take to get to and pay for college. Users can find links for information on different aspects of life experiences one may encounter on a typical college campus. Links to study guides and study strategies are a great help for first time students and are easily found on the site. Time management skills is a big hurdle for many freshman who are on their own for the first time. Information and links are provided to ease a student’s way into learning these skills. There is also a section for students with disabilities. Tips, videos and a list of disability friendly colleges are provided.
Finally, if users have additional questions – e-mails and phone numbers are provided for staff members at Kent University who might be able to solve the problem. You can find someone at Academic Advising; Career Services; Computer Labs; Counseling; the Disabilities Office; the Health and Wellness Center; the Library; the Student Life Center; the Tutoring Center and the Writing Center. Whatever your question is, there is someone who can help you find the answer.
So whether you are an educator, a student, a parent, a guardian or a friend helping someone who is going to college for the first time – Transitioning to College may be the free, reliable resource you are looking for.