If you are a college student, you probably have already moved back into your dorm to start the Spring Semester. That can be somewhat depressing, especially if your previous semester wasn’t all that you wanted it to be. Don’t fret, though! This semester can be better than you imagined if you stay focused and follow a few tips.
Look Back to Step Forward
The first steps to making improvements in most things of life usually involve looking back to see what went wrong in the first place. This is the only logical thing to do. Think about your previous semester and assess the areas where you have fallen short. Did you take too many classes? Should you have talked to the professor during office hours? Did that part time job or extracurricular activities tire you out?
While you are looking back to see how you want to step forward, don’t judge yourself. What happened last semester is finished business. You can’t go back and change it, no matter how hard you try. But you can learn from your mistakes and do better this time around.
Make Realistic Goals
Now that you know where you’ve made mistakes last semester, you can begin to plot a course to make changes for the present one. However, when you make goals like this, you need to be realistic. If you barely studied last semester, changes are that you aren’t going to be able to suddenly study for five hours a day. Be reasonable in your goals. Since your overall goal is to have a better semester, you’ll reach that goal by making intermediate goals. For example, if you want to get an A in Calculus, you would plan to study for it six hours a week, talk to the professor more, attend a study group, etc.
Realistic goals help you to stay focused and not burn yourself out. If you know that math is not your strongest subject, trying to get an A in linear algebra might not be the wisest goal.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, so don’t expect to change every bad habit overnight. Expect to make some mistakes along the way. You have to adjust to new habits to make this semester successful, so don’t beat yourself up if it feels like you’re going against the grain. To get something new you have to do something new.
Talk To a Counselor
How about using the person that gets paid to give academic advice: the counselor. Every school has an advisor or something comparable to help you make wise decisions on your scholastic career. They’ll be able to point you in the right direction.
Now that you have to some tips to make this semester great, get excited! You really can do better if you put your mind to it.