New semesters are the best time to set new goals. It’s time to evaluate what went wrong last semester and make a new plan to tackle the upcoming challenge.
Before the semester starts, there are some simple things you can do to ensure you start off on the right foot.
- Take some time to get organized.
What supplies do you need? What do you need to stock up on? If you are like me, then your supplies of sticky notes and index cards are precariously low. It’s time to put some of that Christmas money to good use.
- Get your textbooks.
If you have a chance, check with some upperclassman to see if you really need to buy the books, or if they would be willing to sell them to you. Don’t put this one off! Snatch up the used books right away before companies increase prices or run out of used books.
- Make a plan
Never underestimate the power of a daily planner! I would be lost without my agenda. Take the time to plan out your schedule hour by hour for each day of the week. Once the semester starts, you can adjust it accordingly, but it will help to go in with a rough plan. Schedule your time efficiently. There are only 24 hours in a day and you already lose 1/3 of them sleeping. Efficiency is key!
Plan your harder subjects first and at a time when you work best. Do you have an hour break between classes? Don’t waste it watching Netflix. Try working out or reviewing your notes instead. Pay attention to the biggest time wasters of last semester and be sure to replace them with more productive activities next semester.
Don’t forget to schedule breaks too! Commit to an hour of work and reward yourself with a quick social media check. Just don’t let 15 minutes of Tumblr turn into an afternoon 🙂