It's that time of year again. Summer's coming to an end and it's time to head back to campus, and get in the books (unless you were like me and took summer classes most of the time). Or maybe this is your first semester/year, which can be a bit overwhelming. It's hard to switch gears, but hopefully these tips will help. Read on!
Learn Your Schedule And Plan Accordingly
Once you get your set schedule, it helps to get familiar with it and to come up with a routine. This works for both high school and college students. Learn where all your classes are and what the quickest route to them is.
•Tip for high schoolers: get your books for your morning classes before homeroom. It saves you from having to stop at your locker between every class.
Make Sure You Have Proper Class Materials/Supplies
Textbooks, notebooks, calculators, pens/pencils etc. Being unprepared can and usually does end up being a setback in the long run.
•Tip for college students: you can get a lot of the different course reading materials at a lower price if you buy used.
Your Syllabus Is Your Friend
This is where I've seen a lot of people (myself included) make their mistake. The syllabus is given to you for a reason. It's basically a run down of what's going to be covered throughout the duration of the course/class. Pay attention to it! Use it to keep yourself on track.
•Tips for both high school and college students: a fun way to challenge yourself is to go through and set goal grades for all the assignments/exams for the semester/year. You can even add little rewards into if you actually meet or pass your goal.
Get To Know Your Teachers/Professors
Learn their office hours. Make yourself familiar with their grading style. Ask about their extra credit policies early on.
•Tip for both high school and college students: all teachers/professors are not the same. What you get away with in one class, might cause you trouble in the next.
Find A Study Buddy/Group
Not always the easiest thing to do, but it can be helpful. Having another brain to go over things with can make all the difference. It also helps if you have to miss class and need notes.
•Tips for both high school and college students: never hesitate to go to a tutor if you're having trouble. They are there to help you!
Remember guys, eyes on the prize. Stay focused. Keep a good pace. Try not to procrastinate. Ask for help if you need it, and don't forget to have fun every once in awhile. Good luck!