Hey guys! Welcome back. I hope you are enjoying your holiday break, those of you who have one. With the new semester approaching, I thought I would give a few tips on how to start a new semester and transition from the previous one. I hope you enjoy this!
Access syllabi ASAP. Most will be up on the website a few days before classes start. If you can access them beforehand, I would highly recommend it. It gives you a chance to look at the course, the work load, and if it’s a class you should stay in or drop. It will tell you everything you need to know about the course before you actually get there. If you can’t access it, wait until you go to class. Most professors give out the syllabus on the first or second day of class. I suggest actually reading it. Don’t throw it away, lose it, or just never use it. It will be your lifeline for the rest of the semester, so keep up with it. It tells assignments, exam dates, office hours, attendance policies, and so much more. You are going to want to have it and keep up with it. I really recommend having a paper copy and an electronic copy if at all possible.
Use the syllabi to fill out your planner. Once you have the syllabus you can write down all your assignments, tests, projects, presentations, and anything else you have. I suggest using a different color pen for each different class, so you can quickly decipher what is for what class/activity. Organization is key when it comes to filling out your planner and calendar. So make sure you have both a planner/calendar and your syllabi. You will be grateful later when you are stressing to figure out what is due when. Most professors don’t tell you when something is due. You have to know and have it done and ready. Keeping it in a planner or calendar that you know you will check will ensure that everything gets done and means less stress for you later on.
Create a schedule. Know where you are supposed to be and when. Make sure you have it written down and posted somewhere in your room where you will see it everyday. Plan everything else around that. Every day in college is different. No two days of the week are the same. So having a plan and a schedule for each day, unique to its itinerary will only benefit you. Schedule your workouts, meals, free time, homework, study sessions, and even your showers around your daily schedule. Keep it consistent and you will be so much less stressed.
Organize yourself. As stated before, organization in college is one of the many keys to success. Without it you will struggle in unnecessary ways. Start by organizing your room. Declutter your space and you will feel more productive. Make sure there is a place for everything and get rid of things that you don’t need or don’t have a place for. Organize all of your school things before hand. Make sure all of your textbooks, notebooks, folders, and other supplies are ready to go when you need them. You don’t want to be searching for them the morning of class and be late.
Adjust your schedule/routine. Your schedule is likely to be very different this semester than it was last semester. You may have to change some of the things you did last semester around. Your classes will likely not be at the same times they were last semester, therefore changing the course of your day. You will have to adjust, but it is totally doable.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this. Please like it if you did. Comment below if you have any tips not mentioned here. We are always open to new idea. Also, comment any other back-to-school posts you would like to see in these next few weeks. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!