New Student Orientation can be completed on a computer, tablet, smartphone, or in
one of our computer labs.
Plan to spend at least one hour completing the orientation.
Once you've completed New Student Online Orientation you can log back in at any time to review specific information and helpful "how-to" videos.
This short video, below, shows you how.
New first-time college students must complete the New Student Online Orientation before registering for classes.
The orientation is on-demand and is designed to set students up for success at PPSC.
Transfer, visiting, and readmitted students are strongly encouraged to complete the New Student Online Orientation.
Completing the online orientation should be your first step after being accepted at PPSC.
It must be completed before you meet with an advisor and register for classes.
Most students take approximately 1-2 hours to complete the online orientation. However,
it is not timed.
Students can complete part of the orientation, log out, then log back in and their progress will be saved - allowing completion at a student's own pace and in multiple sessions.
Make a plan for what you are going to do and when you are going to do it!
Block off time on your calendar when you will:
Studies show that multitasking is physically impossible.
Be intentional about the task you want to complete, and allow your focus on that task only.
Set aside distractions for a set amount of time:
Divide your homework or study time into manageable chunks - of what AND when you are learning.
Accomplish your tasks one step at a time.
Prioritizing your assignments can help you focus on what is in front of you and reduce stress.
Learning new information and skills is work.
Support yourself as a student:
Go to tutoring early and often - it is free! You are here to learn; help us help you by asking questions.
Getting a sufficient amount of sleep every night supports your health:
A good night's rest sharpens your focus and improves your working memory.
Create a schedule that works for you, and stick to it.
Do you work better in the morning, right after school or after you have eaten dinner? Are you more productive in 30- or 90-minute blocks?
Communicate with your family and friends about when you will study and when you can socialize. Tell them what you need from them to support your priorities and goals.
Taking notes is a strategy to:
Rereading notes you have taken is quicker and more effective than rereading an entire textbook!
Review notes from class the same day as class - this will support information recall.
You are spending time, money, and mental/emotional resources to meet your goals.
Let us help you!
College is a community - you are not alone!