Our New Student Online Orientation is a series of modules, videos, and quizzes to
help you begin your PPSC College Experience. You will be introduced to services and
resources, learn the steps to prepare for your academic advising appointment, and
shown how to select your courses!
New Student Orientation can be completed on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Students may use one of our computer labs for free. 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.
All new first-time college students MUST complete the mandatory New Student Online Orientation before registering for classes.
The orientation is on-demand and sets 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 partially complete orientation, log out, then log back in and their progress will be saved - allowing students to complete the content at their 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 only that task.
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 90-minute blocks or half-hour spurts?
Communicate with your family and friends about when you will study and when you can socialize.
Taking notes is a strategy to:
Rereading notes you have taken is quicker and more effective than rereading your entire textbook!
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.