5 Ways To Have A Good Semester

5-ways-to-have-a-good-semesterThe spring semester has started back for college students. I know it seems like just yesterday you were starting your winter break. The break is definitely over. Hopefully, you’re ready to get back in the classroom and get to work. I have five ways that I think will help you have a good semester.

Don’t take too many credit hours.

Take a number of credit hours that you can handle. Unless you have a million dollar job waiting for you, there is no reason to take 18 credits any semester. When I was in college, I never thought about taking that many. I took 12 credits each semester except for my last one. That semester I took 15 credits because it was time to graduate. I never wanted to be that student stressing because I had 5 or 6 hard classes. I also know a few friends who took 18 credits a few semesters. Looking back, they wish that they would have taken a lighter load. They would have had the chance to enjoy their college life a little better.

Set aside a good time to study.

This goes without saying. If you don’t study, you’re not going to pass many classes. Make sure you choose a time to study and stick with it. Also, make sure that you study in a place where you won’t be bothered by other people. Having a quiet student location will allow you to focus and understand your work better.

Don’t wait last minute to do your assignments or projects.

This is something that you don’t want to do. I have learned from experience that being last minute only causes stress and headache. Partying and chilling may be what the majority of your friends is doing but finish your work first. You will be happy that you finished it. Doing things last minute will cause you to rush. When you rush, you may forget to do something or answer a question or two wrong.

Turn your cell phone off in class.

Today’s cell phones are a lot more advanced than they were six years ago. (I graduated in May 2008) I couldn’t imagine having a smartphone with so many apps when I was in school. Having your cell phone on in class could be a big distraction. I’m pretty sure if you have a boring class you’d be on IG or twitter instead of paying attention or doing your work. Don’t be tempted to check your social media. Make sure you turn the phone off before you go in the classroom.

Be involved in class.

Make sure that you are paying attention in class. Answer questions or volunteer to read out loud if the professor asks you to. Being involved in class means that you are paying attention and learning. It will also make the class go by quicker.

Those are five ways that I think will help you have a good semester. Do you know of any other ways to have a good semester? If so feel free to leave a comment below.

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  1. It’s been a long time since I was in college. After I graduated I continued taking some classes one at a time while I was working. Good days. And you’ve offered good advice for college students.
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  2. Aw, these tips bring back some fun, and not so fun, memories. It all gets down to discipline, doesn’t it Jason? The two that I should have worked on the most was the distraction factor and waiting to the last minute… LOL. 🙂
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  3. Jason – Great advice! If I were to be a college student today, my adult ADD would be kicked into overdrive, not by the co-ed’s in the class, but by all the social media distractions….ok, also by the ladies in the class too… but I digress….

    What you speak of sounds like common sense, but I find myself reinforcing these same things to my HS Senior and Sophomore on a daily basis, in addition to their being athletes as well. Fortunately, they understand the “student” part of being a student-athlete and have found more monetary value in the student aspect of HS.

    Thank you for sharing!
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  4. I am thinking of my daughter doing her studies. Regular days, she sits with book at study table, doing homework. When it comes to review times, she can be on the living room or on her bed with papers all over. The day before the exam, she is on the floor. We joke, more stressed, lover she goes..
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  5. Not being college for so many years…… I remember that accountability made the difference for me
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  6. The most credit hours I ever took at once was 17, but I also didn’t have a part time job at the time either. Setting aside time to study matters so much. I’ve also taught college students as well as high schoolers, and it’s safe to say study skills leave a lot to be desired. Schools place all these expectations on kids, but generally fall short in teaching them the skills needed to properly process all that information.
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  7. Making your project and assignments first before going night outs can lessen your stress! You’ll be happy without thinking anything else if you make your school responsibilities first. I also experienced this when I was once a student.