How is your semester going so far? I can’t believe that I am preparing for midterms already! Spring semester is once again flying by! And spring break is only a week away!
With the nice weather starting to move in and the end of the semester slowly approaching, it can be very easy to slack off and procrastinate a little more than usual. Now is the perfect time to step it up and leave for spring break on a good note! I done some research and crafted a list of the best tips to remain successful as the semester continues on.
1. Create realistic goals.
Everybody wants an A and everybody wants to pass the class. It can be easier and less stressful if you set little goals along the way to achieve your overall goal in the end. Basically, instead of just saying your are going to get an A in the course, maybe just aim for getting an A on your next quiz or finishing a paper a few days early so you have time to proofread it. This also helps because if you miss the mark slightly, it’s still a manageable letdown, it will be a lot easier for you to get back on track.
2. Get to know your professors.
We are so blessed here at Walsh to have such an incredible faculty and staff. Take advantage of it! Office hours were created for a reason, use this time to ask questions that you didn’t think of during class or get advice for upcoming tests, projects, or essays. Show your professor that you care about your grade, their course, and getting to know them on a personal level. They want you to succeed and will be willing to help you any way they can.
4. Participate in class.
This kind of goes along with the tip above, but it helps to show that you care. Professors will notice that you are consistently participating. It also helps you pay attention to what is going on. You will have a better understanding of the course because you put in the extra effort to ask questions, make comments, and give answers.
5. Skipping class is not an option.
This is Walsh, whether professors give attendance points or not, they know when you aren’t in class. This tip should be a given, but it’s still worth saying.
6. Don’t limit studying to at night.
This goes for any kind of homework or studying you have to do. And I’ll be honest, this is probably the hardest tip for me to follow. Try to study or do work whenever and wherever, even in between your classes if you have time. If you go to class all day or have a job, by the time night rolls around, you will have less energy and not be as motivated. Plus, if you wait to do everything at night, you will have to switch from subject to subject which can make for difficult transitions.
Alright, I may have lied a little because this tip is really hard too. When you’re studying, just study. Don’t look at your phone, don’t get on Facebook, and don’t do anything that’s not relevant to what you are working on. It will help your focus tremendously and in the end make your study or work session a lot more productive.
This is my favorite tip because I love sleep! When you get enough sleep at night, you are actually able to function and think like a regular human being! When you start practicing tip 6, magically your nights will start to clear up, and suddenly you will be able to go to bed sooner!
9. Take time to relax.
Everybody reaches the point when they get burnt out. Try to avoid reaching that point by taking days off, giving yourself breaks, and rewarding yourself every so often. It is possible to stay organized and stay on track with your studies but have a life at the same time.
10. Remember that hard work pays off.
This one may seem like common sense, but it’s a necessary reminder. You are smart enough and you can end strong!
I have faith in all of you Cavs! Keep up the great work!