Starting a New Semester the Right Way

January 19, 2018
Tips for starting a new semester the right way.

I've been back in school for about a week now and putting my best foot forward to start the new semester. The first couple of weeks usually set the tone for the rest of the semester and there are a few things you can do to set yourself up for success.

Attend Class and Pay Attention During Syllabus Week

We all know that syllabus week is possibly the most boring week of college. I've found that during syllabus week many of my teachers emphasize some of the more important rules and guidelines as well as clarify and add in some tips for that aren't found on paper. It's also a good way to make friends in the class before the class actually starts.

Introduce Yourself to the Professor

Talking to the professor outside or after class and making a good impression, especially in larger classes, shows professionalism and enthusiasm for the class. It can be as simple as reintroducing yourself and commenting that you're excited about the class, making a comment, or asking a question that is relevant to their area of expertise. Later in the semester, if you feel yourself falling behind you'll be much more comfortable asking for help. Professors who respect you and have a good sense of your goals and aspirations can be valuable in your professional career. This tip may not be as valuable in large lecture halls, but in any class above 15 or 20 you want to make sure you stand out in a good way.

Add All the Dates to Your Calendar/Planner Immediately

I use my Erin Condren Life Planner religiously when it comes to school and keeping track of assignments. Last semester, I wrote in my tests as they came up and I wished that I'd written down the dates for every test and every major assignment due so I was more aware of my workload. This down every major assignment, test, and quiz as soon as I received the syllabus and so I could identify some of the busier weeks/weekends to come. It's also good when it comes to extracurriculars, and eliminating the possibility of schedule conflicts.

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