Here are a few ways to prepare for the upcoming semester:
1. Plan Out Your Route
2. Create A Budget
3. Research Your Classes and Your Professors
4. Order Your Books
“This year I’ll do better.” These 5 words, and similar variations of them, are probably the most common words uttered by students all across the globe. It’s what we tell ourselves at the beginning of every school year and yet 3 or 4 weeks into the semester we realize we’re not exactly living up to it. But have no fear! This year WILL be better if you just follow these 3 rules and stick to them!
We all fall victim to procrastination at one point or another but you must fight the urge! As soon as an assignment is handed out, start working on it. Now, I’m not saying to complete a 10 page paper the day your professor announces it, but each day take some time to work on it. Not only will your course load seem lighter when you do this, but it will also take a huge amount of stress out of your daily life which will lead to an overall better college experience.
If your previous semesters didn’t go so great, don’t let that put a damper on your present and your future. It’s important to start every semester with a clean slate, that means no pouting over that Math class you failed last year! If you go into each school year with a negative outlook, you’re more likely to get negative outcomes. It may seem difficult, but try to forget the bad of the past and focus only on the possibilities of the future.
College is about challenging yourself. Start each semester with some short-term personal goals for yourself – whether it be to get better grades, to meet new people, join a club, party less, party more, find an internship, etc. Whatever it may be, make a list of a couple of things you’d like to have done by the end of the semester and actually do them. This way you’ll feel more accomplished as you cross off each goal, but you’ll also be creating more memories and hopefully be bettering yourself.
If you remember these three rules, this could be your best year yet! What short term goals do you want to accomplish this year? Tell us in a comment below!
Summer is finally at an end and it’s time for a new school semester. Are you ready? Here are some things to consider before heading back to school to make the semester as stress free as possible.
It might be a good idea to go back and review what your class schedule looks like. This way you can develop a better time management plan to make the most of your semester. With the right time management you can have time for a great social life as well as acing your classes and maybe even picking up a part time job.
What books do you need? How are you going to pay for them? Will you rent or buy new or used or ebooks? Take the time to sit down and figure out the best way to pay for your books so you can find the best deals around.
How much money can you spend this semester and how much will you save? Having a realistic budget that you strictly follow will help to prevent overspending and should still allow for some fun time. It may even be a good idea to leave the plastic card at home and to plan your budget at the beginning of the month before you start spending.
These are certainly not the only things to keep in mind this semester. Finding a good place to consistently study as well as figuring out an exercise schedule will also make for smooth sailing. Remember, one secret to success is finding the perfect balance between fun and play. Too much work will drive a person insane but too much fun and you will end up paying for it come finals week.
What are some things you do to prepare for a new semester?
As we begin another school year, I wanted to pass along a few tips to help those students looking for advice on doing better this year. We all have our own college routines that work for us, but sometimes it helps to introduce a new way of doing things.
Here are some things that helped me during college.
Get as much done as soon as you can while the material is still fresh in your mind and while you are free of distractions. Also, trying to do the homework early will allow yourself time to ask questions and make sure you are doing it correctly before you turn it in.
This does not mean you have to sit in the front row – but try to volunteer answers often, ask plenty of questions, and attend office hours. Before or after class, let your professor know of any concerns you had about the homework or anything in lecture. He or she will remember you as a student who is trying, which could come in handy come finals time. Plus, this will help part of your final grade since most classes require participation.
Within the first few days of class, I always introduced myself to a few people sitting around me. We worked on homework together, went to office hours, and studied before any tests. If one of us didn’t understand something, someone else in our group most likely did. Also, being around students who wanted to get a good grade was motivation in itself to stay on track and not be tempted to skip class.
At the end of each week, or every time you get a good grade on a test or assignment, treat yourself. Go to a movie, go out for drinks, buy a new outfit, etc. Having something to look forward to at the end of each long week is a great source of motivation.
Most of all, try to only miss class if you’re deathly ill. In college, skipping class is awfully tempting, but remember what you are working for (and how much you’re paying for it). It’s hard to catch up with what’s going on when you have missed several lectures. This also is a good reason to find study buddies, because if you do end up missing a class, at least you have someone to get notes from!
Just do your best this year and you will be fine.
Remember to have some fun but to also prepare yourself for a successful year.
Have a great year!
I have done summer school every semester since I began college. Over the years I have found a few ways to not only keep myself motivated, but I’ve also found how I can still have an amazing summer in the midst of classes. These are just a few tips that work for me that some of my friends have tried recently too.
I typically don’t like early morning classes because I hate waking up. However, during the summer you have to make a decision, would you rather wake up and be done with class earlier? Or, would you rather sleep in and go to class later in the day? Every person will answer that differently, but you have to remember that this isn’t a normal semester, so your plans should be based off of your summer schedule.
Don’t pick up a summer job and make that your number one priority before summer school. Yes, money is something we all need, and it’s also really great to work during the summer – but don’t forget you are spending money to take these classes, so make it worth it! Try to pick a job that is going to allow you to have the time you need to focus on school. The semester is shorter, but with just as much work with less time to do it, so you have to make sure you’re able to keep up.
If you take a class you are good at and enjoy, it is easier to stay motivated. I have noticed that when I used to take summer classes in a subject that I struggle with (like math or science), I had a much harder time staying focused. Classes for my major and general education, I didn’t have as much of an issue with and I ended up getting much better grades. Don’t pick your toughest classes just because the semester is shorter, that absolutely does not mean the class will be easier!
Taking summer courses is not for everyone, but it has definitely been something that I am glad I’ve done. Whether you want the afternoon for fun, or you want to sleep until noon, figure out what works best for your summer schedule and make it happen!