Transitioning into studentdom is a major adjustment, often accompanied by significant challenges to meet new demands. These challenges relate to finance, technology, academic, personal, and social factors. It is therefore important for you to have an idea of your overall preparedness in these areas.

Financial readiness includes securing your tuition and ensuring that you can meet your personal financial obligations. Technological preparedness requires that you have the necessary tools for tertiary education and the necessary basic computer skills to navigate digital platforms essential to your studies. Time management and writing skills are some of the most vital academic skills you will need throughout your tertiary education. In addition, you will need some problem solving and critical thinking skills to engage academically.

Individuals who are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, they cope well through life’s challenges, can keep problems in perspective, and bounce back easily from difficulties. Some indicators of personal and emotional preparedness include emotional intelligence, self-efficacy, and emotional regulation. Social preparedness could mean moving away from already established relationships and/or having to establish new relationships. It also entails getting involved in social activities on and off campus, as well as managing the balance between time spent socialising and time spent studying. This short personal questionnaire will help you assess your readiness for tertiary study.

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