With a new school year just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to get the most out of it. Check out our tips for having a great semester.
Rock Your Classes
Good grades are likely near the top of your list of semester goals. Here are a few ways to secure the grades you want.
Time-management skills are one of the first things you’ll have to learn to be successful in school. There are countless time-management techniques and tips, but one we recommend is the Pomodoro Technique. We even wrote a blog about it! Read about the Pomodoro Technique here.
Try to be as prepared as possible before classes start and during your first couple of weeks. Read the syllabus, buy the books, and show up to class on time with your laptop or pen and paper.
Did you know the average course requires three hours of studying per week? Schedule your time to make sure you can fit it all in. If you need help building a schedule, check out this blog post.
Combat the social isolation that can come with school by getting involved! Here are some ideas for staying active in your social life.
Find Your People
University is full of many kinds of unique people. One of the best ways to meet them is by joining clubs or sports teams that interest you. Find people with similar interests, and make friends around campus.
Another great way to get involved and make friends is by volunteering. Volunteering is a deeply rewarding experience, and it will look great on your co-curricular record.
Now that you’ve found your friends, make sure you stay in contact with them. This goes for your high-school friends too. Talk on the phone, plan hangout sessions, and do things around your town or city!
Take Care of Yourself
Now that you’ve taken care of your grades and social life you need to make sure you’re also taking care of yourself.
It can be hard to eat right on a student budget, but it is possible! Make sure you’re incorporating a lot of fruit and vegetables into your diet. Ramen may be your go-to, but your health will start to suffer if it’s the only thing you’re eating.
Keep Good Sleep Habits
Sleep hygiene is a crucial part of having a good semester. Try to keep a consistent sleep schedule and only use your bed for sleep and sex. Being well rested will help prevent burnout.
Schedule in Some “Me Time”
Lastly, make sure you’re not overwhelming yourself. Studying and socializing are great, but you also need time to yourself. Incorporate some unstructured time into your schedule for recharging. Everyone needs a different amount of time for themselves, so make sure your schedule is meeting your needs.
Many of us experience anxiety towards school, but there’s no need to be afraid when you follow these tips. You’ll stay on top of your grades, make time for friends, and stay happy and healthy so you can have a good semester.