Starting off the semester on the right track can be difficult for everyone — especially in lieu of a major hurricane. But here are some tips to keep you on track for the duration of the semester.
Be Self Aware
Self-Awareness is key when it comes to a successful school year. Realizing what you are and are not good at allows you to focus your time on trying to improve on what you aren’t as good at. For example, I know when I get stressed I tend to fall behind on my work — to counteract that, whenever I have free time, I work on things due within the next few weeks to stay ahead and alleviate some of the stress.
Probably one of, if not the most important things when it comes to getting good grades. We all know midterm and finals season comes out of nowhere and sometimes we are completely unprepared. To prevent this from happening, it’s very important to plan ahead. Some people like to use planners to stay on track, but I honestly can’t be bothered to carry one around with me and I always end up leaving it behind. Instead, I religiously use my Apple Calendar. It’s on my laptop, which means I always have it with me, and it sends notifications directly to my phone. This means I’m always on track of my homework and tests. Always set a reminder a week before so you have time to prepare.
Get to Know Your Professor and Show Up
This seems like a relatively obvious tip but not enough people do it so I think it’s important to include. Always show up to class unless you absolutely can not, or you need to take a “me” day (which is totally OK). If your professor recognizes you, they’re way more likely to help you out if you need to bump up your grade or want to know what material is on an upcoming test. If you’re in a big class, go to their office hours so they know who you are — I promise you will do so much better in your classes if you show up and you’re on your teacher’s good side.