As the spring semester begins, students need to get back into the groove after a much-needed vacation.
The days leading up to the new semester are always dreaded as students say goodbye to relaxing at home and preparing for coursework, work, extracurricular activities, and more.
Here are some helpful tips I got to get going again this coming semester.
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received for staying organized is simple: take a planner. At the beginning of each semester, organize your planner and note all available deadlines in the class syllabus.
This will help you understand how fast exams, papers and other assignments are coming up. It will also help you plan accordingly when you need to work on these assignments.
Another tip is to keep your planner color-coded. This way you can see at a glance whether you have work for a subject.
Order books earlyyou don’t want to be in a difficult position if your professor expects you to read specific chapters, but you don’t have the book.
Attend all your classes. It may seem like a good idea to skip a class or two to go to sleep or do something else, but it’s essential to keep up with your work. If a professor requires attendance, this is one of the easiest ways to keep your grade up.
Continue to attend all extracurricular activities for which you have registered. In the winter months, it can be easy to just skip activities because it’s cold outside or you don’t feel like going.
Make sure you maintain those connections and they can be a good break from school work.
When planning ahead, make a routine for every day. Make sure you know how much time it will take you to get to class or what time you need to wake up to make sure you’re not sluggish during class.
That may seem like silly advice, but having a plan before the semester starts has helped me stay organized and know what to expect in the months ahead.
Don’t forget to sleep! It is essential to your health and sometimes not given priority if you have a heavy workload.
Even if you are busy or feel like you don’t have time, Make time for yourself. Keep up with your skin care, exercise routine, eat three meals a day and maintain your personal life.
Don’t forget your friends. It can be easy to isolate yourself, especially when you’re busy with courses. For me, friends and other social connections are the only way to get through college.
Seeing your friends can be as simple as watching a movie, meeting up at the library to study, or even walking to class together.
Make sure you don’t disconnect yourself from people just because you’re busy.
Have some good books available. If you have books for the holidays or a list of books you want to read, make sure you have a few on hand in case you need a break.
Reading a good book is a great way to escape reality for a while and can be a great way to wind down before going to bed.
Find the good in every day. While studying is hard and can feel lonely at times, especially during the cold winter months.
There is always a bright spot in every day. Whether it’s a bird you saw on your way to class, a friend you ran into or a simple smile from a stranger.
All of this advice I’ve been given has helped me maintain a life outside of school and still get good grades.
Preparing for an upcoming semester can be daunting and almost dreaded after a long hiatus, but hopefully these tips will help!