Friday, January 16, 2015

5 Tips For Having A Good Semester

It's a new semester and another chance for opportunities, making new impressions on new teachers, and getting excellent grades. That's right, it's a semester of new possibility. However, so many times we start the semester with good intentions and end just trying to scrap by. As a third year student I've noticed one defining thing separating the successful from the less successful...organization. Here are some tips for staying organized and hopefully passing your classes with flying colors.

1. Use a planner of keep a calendar. Some teachers give out syllabus which is a really great to know what to expect. Writing down test dates and project deadlines in your calendar is a great way to prepare yourself to succeed.

2. You have a cell phone, and if you're like me, you check it incessantly throughout class. Why not use it to send yourself reminders? Remind yourself about that paper due in a week or about that minor project you almost forgot about.

3. A habit I have gotten into is getting myself ready for class the night before. That means if I know we are doing a critique to make sure I have tape to put my work up. Or if I know there will be a lecture to have a notebook and a pen. Or if I know it will be a long day to have my coffee maker set and ready to go. That way if I wake up late or it's hard to get up, I won't forget something because I'm in a rush or not completely awake yet.

4. Put effort into your relationship with your teacher. That means emailing them if you have questions about the assignment, thanking them if they give you extra time in class, and paying attention and actively participating in discussions in class. Your teacher will notice these things and it will boost your grade at the end of the semester.

5. Take care of yourself. One of the hardest things I've had to learn in college is to take care of myself. That means eating healthy, getting plenty of sleep, and keeping your living space clean. When you take care of yourself, it is easier to be a good student. Eating healthy and getting sleep will prevent you from getting sick. Keeping a clean living space will help you stay organized and improve your mood.

Thanks for reading. I hope this helps and that you have a successful semester!

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