I’m still in disbelief that another semester is quickly approaching and I can’t go out and buy school supplies! 🙁 It’s crazy to think that I’ve literally spent all my life getting ready for “back to school” season until now. Even though I recently graduated, I thought it would only be fitting to do more school related posts to help y’all out with everything I learned from my experience.
I don’t care what they told you– College is a completely different ball game than high school. While I know there tends to be more of a focus on having the “college experience” which usually translates to an ongoing series of non stop partying and cramming for early morning exams, I’d like to talk about the other side of college. The part where grades actually matter. Because let’s face it, do you honestly think all that drinking and partying will land you your dream career?
Exactly, that’s what I thought.
So let’s look at 6 simple tips on how to have a guaranteed A+ semester !
1) Don’t skip the first week of classes – Do me a favor and forget about all the times you’ve heard that the first day of class isn’t important. Experience has taught me the complete opposite! During my college years, I took pride in being in every single one of my classes on the first day and making sure I secured a good seat. (Was that super nerdy of me? Lol) Showing up for the first day of class will give you the advantage of knowing exactly what to expect for the duration of the semester. It will also give you a great idea of the type of person your Professor is and their do’s and donts!
2) Your syllabus is your academic BIBLE – Please don’t get into the habit of tossing your syllabus in the back of your car and never looking at it again. Your syllabus is one of your greatest guides to success. Take a good look at all of them then create a master list with all the important deadlines and assignment outlines highlighted. Oh, and don’t forget to take a look at the other important details in regards to your specific Professor like the late policy and grading scale. Yes, your syllabus actually has this stuff!
3) Choose your classes carefully – If you’re lucky enough to have a school that gives a huge grace period for adding or dropping courses without any additional cost, then use it! Simply go to a few classes that catches your eye during the first few weeks of school and see what they’re all about. Seeing that you can easily drop or add classes, you’ll have nothing to lose! Also, be sure to take a few classes that’s not a requirement of your major. You never know if it will spark a new interest or even career path for you.
4) Make some friends – This is the best time to form some of your greatest connections. Be open to mixing and mingling with different backgrounds and cultures. If you’re the shy type, find a way to break out of that by just reaching out to at least one person in each of your classes and simply introducing yourself. Your college experience is a lot more memorable with some good friends by your side.
5) Get involved – I remember constantly hearing how much my University lacked an “on campus life.” We’re so accustomed to hearing all these stories about college parties that we fail to recognize the value in simply being apart of something that’s more fulfilling. Research the different clubs and organizations on your campus and check out a few meetings. You’ll be amazed at how much these clubs can prepare you for the world outside of college. Plus it’s a great addition to your resume that easily sets you apart!
6) Manage your time wisely – Now this has got to be my BIGGEST piece of advice for any student. This is the best time to develop healthy and new strategies to ensure your greatest semester yet! Figure out what method works best for you in terms of keeping track of everything you need to get done. For most people, using a calendar or planner works best. For me personally, I had tons of sticky notes EVERYWHERE and made to do lists daily. Whatever it is, make sure that you don’t solely rely on yourself to remember all the tasks at hand. With assignments, club responsibilities, part time jobs and your personal life, it can be quite a challenge keeping up with everything. So be sure to find a good balance that will have you being the perfect student with minimal stress!
Have any additional tips you’d like to share? Don’t be shy! Comment & let’s talk. 🙂
Until Next Time…