Purchase a daily/weekly planner. This can be electronic or paper, but you want to use 1 planner consistently. You will need this to keep track of your classes, long-term assignments, and your activities.
Get comfortable with your computer. Consider looking at software that might help you with your work load.
- Inspiration – This is software that allows you to map your ideas. Great if you are a visual learner. Check it out at http://www.inspiration.com
- Dragon Naturally Speaking – This software allows you to dictate instead of typing on a keyboard. It does take several hours to train the software to recognize your voice. Check this out at: http://www.scansoft.com/naturallyspeaking/
- Pulse Smart Pen – The Smart Pen records audio and links it to what you write. It automatically captures everything as you write and draw. The smart pen works only with Livescribe dot paper. Both can be purchased at Amazon, Target, Staples, and other retail stores. http://www.livescribe.com/smartpen/index.html This is an excellent tool to supplement your notetaking.
- Download the Read and Write Gold Software Program from our website when you get your Villanova laptop. This software provides support with reading, writing, and study skills. You can access the download and instructions at http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/learningsupport/readandwrite.html
If you are taking any medications, make the necessary arrangements with a doctor close to the campus who will be available to monitor medication. You will need to be responsible for taking your medication on schedule so take responsibility for that before leaving for college.