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Tips for second semester success

April 22, 2016

1. Go to class.
It’s simple and effective. While missing an hour of class may seem harmless, it won’t be worth it in the end. Even if the class is reviewing for an upcoming exam and you decided that since the professor won’t be teaching new material there’s no reason for you to go; there actually is a purpose of the review. That means, it will benefit you to show up.

2. Consult the syllabus.
Odds are your class syllabus is tucked away somewhere and hasn’t been used since the first week of class. The syllabus is loaded with helpful information so don’t take it for granted. Review the weight of assingments and exams in order to calculate how you’re doing in the class before the final. It’s a quick way to motivate you to pick up the slack or keep the good work up.

3. Use that handy dandy planner.
Remember that planner you bought at the beginning of the year? No? Well. it’s a handy little item to help you keep track of everything going on in the most stressful time of the year. Put due dates or study times in the books so you can feel more organized. It’s never to late to get on track.

4. Plan your day.
It doesn’t have to be an overly-structured plan, but having a tentative idea about what you need to accomplish that day is very helpful. By making a checklist in your head, your planner or written on a post-it note, you will be more likely to keep your day on track and less likely to put the work off for the next day.

5. Sleep.
It’s a well known fact that the recommended amount of sleep is at least 8 hours a night. It’s a better known fact that college students don’t get anywhere near that much sleep. Instead of staying up late to play videogames, watch Netflix, or study use that time to catch some extra z’s. Sleep will reenergize you and alleviate stress so try to make it a priority.

6. Find a place to study
Your bed is a tempting place to do study but let’s be real; it’s not a productive place. Take it from someone who tried to write a paper in their bed and woke up an hour later with nothing done. Don’t do it. Instead, find a study room in the CSB or the library. It will encourage you to be productive.

7. Start studying now.
While there might be lots of papers, presentations and exams to prepare for, it’s also time to begin preparing for finals week. Putting time into studying now will keep you from cramming the night before. Comprehensive finals are overwhelming as it is, so give yourself the time you need to study all the material.

8. Use the buddy system.
The buddy system comes in handy in many situations and studying is no exception. Plan a study session with someone in the same class or find a friend. Making plans with other people holds you accountable and requires you to be studious. We’re all in this together. (Who knew High School Musical could be so insightful?)

9. Seek professional help.
No, you don’t need to seek out a psychiatrist, but you should visit your professors, class S.I. or one of the many speech/writing tutors. If the class material isn’t sinking in or you have questions about that paper, there are people better qualified to ask then that kid you sit next to in class. Plus, you learn more when you seek one-on-one help from someone who knows the material inside and out.

10. Give yourself a break.
It’s the end of the year and there’s a lot going on. It’s important to remember to make time for yourself. Work during the day so you have the night off, take a mid day nap, or go work out. Do what you need to do in order to stay motivated and keep yourself from going crazy. You can do this kid!

Miranda Jones
Features Editor

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