So we’re pretty much knee deep into the fall semester and it’s important to stay focused, organized and motivated. Those 3 key things are what are needed to have successful semesters.
It’s important to stay focused though some class lectures can be a little dry you want to make sure you are retaining info because isn’t that the whole point of being there? lol right so in some cases teachers may have powerpoints that they’ll post later after the class I suggest still taking notes anyway that way you can follow along throughout class and know what’s being talked about and maybe even get some examples that could possibly be on an upcoming exam. Also, what may help in some classes is bringing the textbook. Lugging the textbook around campus can be a pain, but it can contribute to your understanding of a particular chapter or concept. However, you should be doing the reading assignments because that plays a big part in your success in a course.
Organization is soooo important. You have to figure out what works best for you whether it’s a notebook or a binder or whichever other ways there are to store notes, old exams and assignments. You want to make sure all of your notes and assignments are neat and organized preferably by date. When you take notes be sure to put the chapter on it so that when you have the date and chapter it’ll be super easy to look back at notes for exams and such because you’ll have the dates and chapters to reference. Another very essential part of being organized is to get a planner. GET ONE! It’s not too late. With a planner you’ll be able to keep track of what’s due when and what test is coming up. You can even better your time management by adding other stuff so that you can have a clear map out of how your week or month is going to be. I know I know we have our smartphones for that, but I think it’s better and more clear to have it written out right in front of you.
Staying motivated is so important right now more than ever. We’re not even at midterms yet, but it’s important to keep your head above the water. Take a break or two don’t let your assignments fall behind and don’t let them drain you either. It’s counterproductive for you to be unmotivated and drained. Keep in mind what all of this hard work and dedication is for. If you feel like you’re not quite sure what you’re doing all of this for jot down some goals. What do you want to get out of the college experience? What do you want out of life? Where do you want to be in life in 5 years?
I just thought I would write something for the students because I know from experience it can be a very tiring and difficult time, but I know if you stay focused, organized and motivated you’ll always come out on top. I hope this helps.