7 Tips For A Successful Spring Semester
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7 Tips For A Successful Spring Semester

Time to kick it into high gear and excel in the new semester.

7 Tips For A Successful Spring Semester
Notre Dame College of Science

Just like that, spring semester is here and we are still not prepared. Although we've had plenty of time to prepare ourselves for the semester over the much needed Winter Break, we've procrastinated, yet again. With syllabus week under our belt and the rest of the semester under way, it's time to face the harsh reality that is the return of our regularly scheduled programming.

It's time to get serious this semester and have our priorities in check. Here are some tips for successfully surviving spring semester.

1. Write it out.

Use an agenda, a planner, a white board, or any kind of stationary where you can write out your thoughts. Keep due dates sorted out on a calendar, have a To Do list clearly written in a journal, and jot down important reminders on sticky notes. It will help keep you organized throughout a busy semester.

2. Stay on top of schoolwork.

As easy as it is to say, "oh this assignment is so easy, I'll do it later," it's probably not such a good idea. Stay on top of your schoolwork to ensure that it's done thoroughly and to your professor's standards. Don't pass up an easy assignment, or choose to do it at the last minute because you're not in the mood to work on it at the moment.


Don't just study before midterms or finals. Don't make your first appearance at the library the night before the exam. Make studying a regular habit. Any time a new lesson is taught, make sure you've studied the material, and not just memorized it, but really understood and absorbed the information.

4. Befriend your classmates.

You are bound to talk to someone in one of your classes, even if it's an online course. Befriend your classmates, because chances are, they understand the material being taught or they need help, too. Make a study group, write some flash cards, and don't be afraid to ask your classmates for a little help. They're on the same page as you, and probably want to befriend you too, even if you never learn each other's names.

5. Extra credit is your friend.

Any time a professor offers extra credit, take it. Don't hesitate. Get out there and bust your butt to make sure you get that extra credit. It will help you out at the end of the semester, especially when all professors say, "don't come to me asking for extra credit." Take advantage of it when it's given.

6. Sleep whenever you get the chance.

In high school, we pulled all-nighters because we thought it'd be fun and cool. In college, we pull all-nighters because we have assignments due at 8 am and we need to learn an entire chapter for an exam. But what we forget is that sleep is extremely important. Take naps whenever you can, and pick a day when you can sleep in a little longer than usual. A good night's sleep will improve your mood and put a little pep in your step.

7. Breathe and relax.

Yes, school is a huge part of your life right now, but you also need to find time to breathe and relax. When you've finally caught up on all your assignments, take some time to unwind. Take a bath, indulge in some sweet treats, lay out by the pool, hit the sauna- find something to help you relax. You can't expect your mind and body to function at 100% if you don't let it recharge. Rest and your body will thank you.

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