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Chapter 7: Learning Your Way Around
Learning Your Way Around
In this chapter, we spend some time addressing how you can self-orient into the environment effectively and efficiently. Learning where things are early in the program saves time later when you, frankly, won't have time to deal with finding resources. We talk about strategies to save you money and time so that you can become a more effective student quickly, including new-student activities worth attending. Last, we introduce ways of clarifying with faculty the kinds of workloads their courses have based on information in the syllabi.
Getting There from Here
During the first week, there is usually a period of gearing up that gives you some time to explore the academic environment. The only way to handle the confusion of ...