Transition–Merriam-Webster defines transition as passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transition).
Whether you’re transitioning from summer to fall semester, from college to a profession, from high school to college, from 8th grade to high school, or primary to middle school, it is important to acknowledge the shift, to understand there will be an adjustment period, and to support yourself/students now with the tools needed for the passage:
1. Identify transition support. Transition coaches are helpful in making academic transitions. They help you prepare for your new landing place. My Neighborhood Tutor provides referrals to transition coaches. Please see “Resources” or contact us directly.
2. Identify academic support. Even if you don’t need one now, it will help to identify one or two tutors for your weaker subjects, just in case you need a tutor later on. Why? Many students underestimate the quantity and quality of work demanded when they transition, especially in math and writing, and finding a terrific tutor in the middle of the semester is not only stressful but unlikely.
3. Get your backpack on. Teachers/professors may provide lists of required items, but make learning fun and throw in your favorites. Our favorites: BIC® 4-color ball pen, Ticonderoga® pencils, Staples® Manual Dual-Hole Pencil Sharpener, retractable eraser, Swingline® Tot Slim Portable Stapler (with clip latch to attach to backpack), and Texas Instruments® 83/84+.
4. Scope out studying places. Will you study on campus? at home? at a friend’s place? at the library? at a park? at a cafe? Try to find a place free of distractions. Home often seems like a great place to study–just keep in mind that Lassie and Morris sadly qualify as household distractions! All libraries are not the same. Visit a few during hours you’d use them.