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Getting Ready for a Successful Spring Semester

Posted on January 02, 2020

By Holly Walker

It’s a new year, and a new semester is about to begin. While this is an exciting time, it can also be a hectic time for students. Here are a few tips to help you get ready for the spring semester.

Check your student e-mail. 

Lots of important and helpful information is sent to your e-mail, including messages from your professors; information about services available to you; announcements about student clubs and activities; notices about job, internship and other opportunities; and much more.

Stay Connected through Navigate Student.

Navigate Student is a free tool that acts as your personal guide to Tyler. Use Navigate Student to connect to your faculty advisor, stay up to date on your next steps, plan your schedule each semester, register and visualize your academic progress. Navigate Student may be accessed through your myTyler account or by using the Navigate Student mobile app.

Double-check your class schedule. 

Confirm the dates when your classes start. The college offers class sessions that start at different times during the semester, so you’ll want to make sure your class begins on the date you expect. Also, check the campuses listed for each of your classes (for any on-campus and/or hybrid classes). 

Get your Textbooks.

Make sure you have your textbooks for your first day of class. You can search your classes’ textbook requirements and find bookstore locations and hours on the store’s web site. If you plan to use financial aid to purchase your textbooks, you must buy your books between January 6 and January 29. 

Attend a New Student Orientation.

Lots of helpful information is shared during New Student Orientation. For the start of the spring semester, new student orientation sessions are being held January 6 at the Chester Campus and January 8 at the Midlothian Campus. Dates, times, locations and details may be found at Unable to attend a session? New Student Orientation may be taken online.

Stop by a Welcome Table.

Welcome tables will be set up on the Chester (Moyar Hall) and Midlothian campuses (T Building) on the first two days of the semester to help you with your questions. Faculty and staff will also be walking through campus buildings and around the campus grounds to assist you.

Get your Student ID.

Your Student ID is important. It is your library card; is used for on-campus printers; may be used for discounts at some local movie theaters, businesses and restaurants; and more. Visit the Student Activities Office on either campus to get your ID. 

Get your Parking Decal.

Complete the online form to request a decal (or decals if using multiple vehicles) and stop by one of the designated security desks to pick it up.

Need Directions? Download a Campus Map.

If you are learning your way around Tyler’s campuses, visit for downloadable campus maps.

Take Time to Explore Resources Available to You.

Tyler offers you a variety of resources through its library (research, workshops, access to computers and printers, and more); Academic Resource Center (free tutoring, writing center, math center, workshops, and more); and Career Services office (job and internship fairs, resume writing, interview skills, job board, and more).

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