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COU NSEL LING MID CHES HIRE COL LEGE – STUD ENT LIFE HAN DBO OK Counselling Surviving Your First Week at College * Plan your journey. If you are using public transport, make sure you are familiar with the transport timetable. * The first few weeks can be quite tiring; try to get yourself into a routine and don’t forget to set your alarm clock. * Come to College prepared. Bring with you your books, pens, folders and notebooks. * Your first few weeks at College are all about helping you to make friends and to settle into life at the College. You will take part in lots of fun activities that will help you to achieve this. * Make sure you know who your Personal/Course tutor is and how to contact him/her. * Make sure you study your personal timetable and know where you should be for your first session. * If you need help, please ask a member of staff. Many people sort out problems by talking to friends, family or College staff in their course area. For others, it is a matter of looking up information about things that concern them; we have a variety of information available which might assist you. But there are occasions when this isn’t enough and you really do need to speak to someone; at times like this it makes sense to contact a member of the Counselling service or one of the Learning & Progression Mentors. If you have a problem that you would like to discuss in confidence, the College offers a free service, open to all students of the College. An appointment may be made at the main reception desk on both sites. What is Counselling? Your Attendance at College Please take note of these important points: * Attendance and punctuality at classes is compulsory. * The College has a minimum attendance requirement of at least 90%. * All absences must be accounted for. If you are absent from College you must inform the College by contacting your course tutor. If you are absent for four consecutive weeks without formal notification, it will be assumed that you have withdrawn from the College. All of us at some time in our lives have to deal with difficult experiences – they might be physical, emotional, psychological or social. Talking things through with a counsellor can really help. Counselling provides an opportunity for you to think and talk in confidence about any personal or emotional difficulties that may be concerning you. It provides a space to examine, clarify and understand your concerns, and explore and develop more effective ways of dealing with them. The role of the Counsellor is to provide support and help in this process of exploration, understanding and change. Our Counsellors are Elaine Mort who can be contacted on emort@midchesh.ac.uk or 07990 778080; and Kirsty Halm on khalm@midchesh.ac.uk Elaine Mort Kirsty Halm 8 Changing Your Contact Details Change of address, telephone numbers, name changes and so on, should be notified to your tutor or your Learning Co-ordinator. It is very important we have accurate details for you, to make sure that important things like letters and exam certificates reach you. COUNSELLING STUDENT CHARTER Remember, to progress and achieve on your course, you must attend. A good attendance record can make all the difference when applying for jobs or going on to university. 9