If You Had A Rough Fall Semester, Take These 8 Steps To A Successful Spring Term

If You Had A Rough Fall Semester, Take These 8 Steps To A Successful Spring Term

New semester, new me.


You might have had a rough past semester, but don't let that bring you down. There are always opportunities for improvement. Here are some tips that will help you have a successful start to a new semester. New semester, new me!

1. Kick the habit of procrastinating

Start the semester strong, by making sure you understand what each course requires, and plan accordingly so due dates and deadlines do not creep up on you. Knowing when things are going to be due, can help aid in procrastinating and give you the push you need to stay on top of coursework, and most importantly STOP procrastinating.

2. Get a calendar

Nothing is more overwhelming than going through each syllabus for your classes and trying to keep all the dates for projects, exams and homework being due. Getting a calendar will make it easier to visualize what needs to be done, and when. Having all of the months due dates out in front of you is way more productive than looking through each syllabus for each class, on a daily basis.

3. Work on your time management skills

The blessing of freedom and the power to make your own schedule becomes available once you enter college and being able to manage your time will aid in the failure or success of your semesters. Learning how to prioritize your free time and the time you need to set aside for school/work is very important if you want to start the semester off right. Yes, that party that's going on on Tuesday might be really fun and you want to go, but is it really worth missing an assignment or failing a test?

4. Planners are your friend

Many girls often have planners to write their homework in or to organize their time, but guys can do this too. Even if having an actual planner doesn't appeal to you, having a place to put all the information you need to stay organized, in one place, will be really helpful.

5. Don't fall behind

Nothing is worse than playing "catch up" with your classes, all because you didn't want to put the effort in at the start of a new semester. Setting aside 30 minutes a day for each class to make sure you understand the material will help you in the long run.

6. Go to office hours and get help from the start

Take advantage of professors office hours or times where they inform you that help will be available. Going for help and staying on top of your work will only help you in the end. Making sure the professor knows you are working hard from the start and not coming into their office at the last minute can really make or break your grade.

7. Flashcards are your friend

Taking the time to make flashcards will really be helpful when trying to study for an exam. As the course proceeds, making flashcards on an app or physically writing them out will make studying easier. Having a place or stack of cards pre-made can make narrowing down study material easier. Nothing is worse than scrambling around a week before an exam trying to make flashcards that will most likely never be looked at, after writing them.

8. Paraphrase your notes

Copying down the slides from your professor word by word will not make studying any easier for you. Write the notes out in a way that you will understand, and this will aid in you being able to recall the information. Paraphrasing a long set of slides from a powerpoint will cut down on the preparation that will be needed for an exam. Your notes will have only the most important information that was written in your words and this could help with a better comprehension of the material.

We all know the slogan everyone says, come January 1: "New Year, New Me." It's time to put a twist on that popular phrase and utilize it for the upcoming semester, "New Semester, New Me."

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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My Best Tips On How To Be Successful in College

Coming into college can be intimidating. Maybe college is not so much intimidating as it is a challenge. However viewed, new place can take getting used to.


New Environment, New World!

Everyone's in the same boat as you. New school, new classes, new faces. Just go up and begin talking to the first person you see! It is scary, no matter who you are, but you do grow from meeting new people! Baby steps are steps, no matter what anyone says!

Go To Class!

This seems to fluctuate in many speeches that you probably hear when attending preview days or orientation. While college is filled with other things to do, you were sent to learn, and you learn in the classroom by the professor. Go to class.. you may miss something important.. or bonus points!

Ask Questions!

This is the part where pride falls and you admit you need help. Ask questions! If you can't find what you're looking for in Walmart, ask the workers. If you're unsure about something in a class, ask during or after! In meeting new people, you ask questions to learn about them! Many times people are scared to ask questions, whether it be fear of failure or of people. Finding information is just part of life, so don't be afraid to ask when you need to!

Get Involved!

Most upperclassman on campus will encourage you to get involved immediately with any organizations you feel lead to explore. Some may choose to enter Greek Life, religious communities, leadership roles, and many other opportunities! There's so much to do on campus! You can have as much or as little downtime as you wish. For some people, it may take a little longer getting involved, and that is alright! You call all the shots here. It's a whole new ballgame in college!


Speaking of ballgames, sports are so much fun! There's football, tennis, softball, basketball, baseball, and others as well as club teams and intramurals. Even if you don't enjoy sports, they are some of the best environments on campus AND you get rewards for attending! Sometimes they hand out free shirts, and sometimes they have free FOOD! (Who doesn't love free food?)

It's Okay To Not Know

So you're undeclared. I bet you hear "you need to choose a major" more than you would please to. Good news!!! - You don't have to know what you want to do right when you graduate high school. Every person is different. You have to figure out what works best for you!

Hopefully arriving at a new place will be an exciting experience - so much to do and see! After learning ins and outs, the place that seemed so big may not seem too big anymore. Nevertheless, the world is in front of you, so go out and get it!

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