Whether you are a new or returning student, the beginning of a new term is a great time for getting on the right path with your classes, or for getting a fresh start from the last semester. Here are some basics tips that you can use to make sure you have a good semester.
New Semester Basics
- Find a time management system that works for you. For many students managing their time is one of their biggest challenges while in college, so make sure you get a system and use it from day one. A website that provides some great tips on time management is this one from Dartmouth.
- Purchase your books in a timely manner. If you do not have your books the first week of class, you can quickly fall behind the class before you really get a chance to start. If you ordered you books late try to borrow a book from a friend until yours arrive. Just make sure that you are able to get the reading/homework done for the class.
- Set up healthy outlets for fun and stress relief. College can be stressful, so make sure you can relieve some of the stress to keep from feeling too overwhelmed. Some things that can help you blow off some steam are a good groups of friends, hobbies, and exercise. However, any activity that lets you mentally check out and relax for a while when things get intense will work.
- 4. Know where to go for help, just in case. Don’t wait until you are at your wit’s end. Find out where to go for help before you need it. Knowing where help can be found before a crisis occurs will help you keep small problems from becoming HUGE problems.
- 5. Study during your “odd hours”. There are many great opportunities to study throughout the day, if you bring your study materials with you. Take advantage of the extra time you have while you are waiting for something, like the doctor’s office or your next class to start, and use this time to read or study for class.
- Get Sleep. Sleep is important, without it you can feel sluggish and it can be harder to concentrate and remember new information. So try to get about 7-8 hours of on school nights. It can go a long way in helping you feel refreshed and productive.
- Find a place (or two) you like to study. Make sure you are aware of at least one study-friendly environment that works for you and your needs. Different people have different needs when it comes to studying, what works for a friend might not work for you. Determine the conditions you need to be able to study, and then find a place that meets these requirements.