The first day of class can often be an intimidating experience. It is incredibly important to be as prepared as possible in order to be set up for a successful semester. Once courses are in full swing, you may not have the time to organize your routines, so it is crucial you plan accordingly — whether you’re training to be a CNA, phlebotomist, or dialysis technician, studying is equally important across the board. Here are three ways that you can prepare for your first day of class in the medical field.
Plan out your schedule
Whether you’re taking day classes, night classes or weekend classes, make sure you have a schedule strategically mapped out to balance your work, school and personal life. Keep in mind that you will need to schedule ample time for studying. Also, make sure to identify a study space where you will be most productive; if your home isn’t a viable option, scope out a local café that has plenty of counter space and isn't too noisy. Luckily, students in NYC have no shortage of cafés to choose from — just make sure it has great coffee and a bathroom.
Get books, materials and the syllabus as early as possible
Make a list of all of the materials and supplies you will need for your class: flashcards, highlighters, pencils, planners, folders — whichever items you prefer for studying and organization. If your instructor provides you with the syllabus before the first day, print it out and read it. Write down any questions you have to ask on your first day of class, as this will give your instructor a great first impression and show that you are a prepared and responsible student. Look up which books you will need for the class and get them ASAP — there is nothing more stressful than frantically purchasing your books last minute, or worse, showing up to your first day of class with no books at all.
Get a good night’s sleep
First impressions are important, and you need to be as alert as possible on your first day of class. Make sure to get plenty of rest the night before, since you will likely meet people and forge relationships that will be valuable to you throughout the semester. You could meet a study buddy, someone who you can count on to share their notes if you happen to miss a class, or even form a study group. As a student in the medical field, you will want to build as many relationships as you can, and they will come in handy throughout your course.
Think you’re ready to start your first day in the medical field in NYC? Learn more about our course offerings and get started on the path towards a rewarding career.