Start Strong!

Whether you are gearing up for a new semester or a new experience as a Cornell student, LSC has resources to help students start strong!

Start your semester by taking some time to reflect on the things you are excited about and the questions you still have about this semester.

And, make sure you know where you can get help WHEN (not if) you need it!

Are you a new student to Cornell?

  • Take a look at our interactive module “Gearing Up for Academic Success” (available only to Cornell students). This module will help you:
    • Identify important components of a syllabus–and know how to find syllabi on Canvas
    • Define terms and phrases used at Cornell
    • Access a growth-mindset
    • Explore some of the many ways to get academic support at Cornell
  • Spend a few minutes learning the lingo! What’s a prelim? Who is an advisor and what do they do? What is this add/drop/withdraw/shopping period? Who are TAs? Use our Quizlet to learn some of the Cornell lingo.
  • The syllabus is your go-to resource to answer questions about your classes. Go through the Syllabus Checklist to learn more about your courses. The link will download a word document.
  • Office hours are a great place to get your questions answered! Learn more about what office hours are and how to use them.

Watch: What Does It Take To Be A Successful Student at Cornell?

Hear it from your peers! Check out successful students’ top 10 recommendations for starting strong!

Applying knowledge to new situations is a new way of thinking and learning for many students. Many students find they need to add new strategies and adapt existing strategies as they transition to Cornell; they need to change their game.  Sakeena Everett (AAP & CAS ’07; now Dr. Sakeena Everett, a faculty member at the University of Georgia!), shares her thoughts on “changing your game” to be successful at Cornell.

Are you a continuing student (or just interested in honing your study skills)?