The time has come to transition into the new semester which means it is time to settle down and prepare for what we have ahead. I have found that the best way to have a successful semester is to be prepared and organized before classes get too crazy. The first week of school is actually my favorite part of the semester. Who doesn’t love syllabus week?You get to meet knew people and make new friends, and the assignments always seem to be simple and laid back. There is usually excitement in the air the first week, but important to be prepared for when that excitement dwindles and the reality of the semester reveals itself.
Here are 5 tips that have helped me ease my way into a new semester and ultimately remain successful:
- Thoroughly read the course syllabus. The sooner you read the syllabus, the better off you will be. Some teachers send them out before class even starts, if they do, print it out and highlight all the important information. While you are at it, add all the important dates and exams into your planner. If you do this for all of your classes, you already have a general idea of what your semester will look like. The syllabus is key to understanding everything that is going to be asked of you in the class.
2. Exchange Information and Create Study Groups- It might be a little bit awkward at first, but exchange information with someone in your class as soon as possible. There is nothing worse than having a questions about an assignment and not knowing anyone you can reach out to- besides going to the professor. By creating this ‘friendship’ you might have also found someone who you can form a study group with. If done right, a good study group can really help you when it comes to group projects or studying for finals.
3. Create a Visible schedule If you are like me, when you have so much going on and have many commitments, it can get a bit hard keeping track of a weekly schedule. I went to Target, grabbed one of those weekly wipe boards and wrote down my whole schedule- my classes, work, club meetings, ect. This is extremely helpful at the beginning of the semester when you are not too sure when your classes start. It also helps when you want to plan something and you just take a glance at the board and it is easier to determine when you have free time especially if you have a busy schedule.
4. Buy New supplies This is my favorite part about starting the new semester. When it comes to buying new school supplies, I go a bit crazy. I am not going to lie, I probably go a bit overboard and buy too much BUT it gives me huge amounts of motivation since I get excited to use all the supplies as soon as possible. This is a great opportunity to throw away all the stuff you do not need any more and start fresh. To be honest, I have more supplies than I honestly need, BUT it feels so good to start fresh. If you are like me, then by all means, treat your self.
5. Color Code! Let me tell you, there is no such thing as being too organized. One thing that can help save a lot of time is color coding all your classes. I color code everything! For example, in my planner, everything that has to do with psychology is pink and anything involving work is blue. There is something very satisfying about looking at a colored planner, and it also pleases the eyes and doesn’t stress you out as much.
By following these 5 simple steps, I am always confident that I am going to start off on the right foot!
What do you do to ensure that you have a successful semester?