Whether it's the dreaded moment of the summer days coming to an end or that the holiday season is over, starting a new semester isn't always the easiest task. But with these 5 little tips below, you may be able to get back on your feet before you know it and off to a good start! Below I have collect the top 5 things I always do before a new semester starts, to get myself prepared, both physically and mentally.
1. Get Organized
This probably the number one tip. Getting organized can set up your entire semester to a good start. If you have an organized outlook of the next months to come, then you will be able to grasp everything in a much clearer manner. So organize your papers, books, syllabus, etc. and prepare your study place. Have a place where you can sit down when you need to study or read and make sure that this place is ready, clean and cleared before the semester starts. If you have a desk that you always work at, at home, then make sure there aren't old papers lying around everywhere and just generally make sure the whole work space is clean. Organization is key. It's not just good for getting prepared but it'll be good for your nerves and mindset.
2. Have Your Materials Ready
This may sound like a minor thing but really, in it's own way, it's hugely important. For example, books. Make sure you have your books at least for the first day. Personally, I like to try and get them a little before because there's a pretty good chance there will be some reading before the first lecture or class. Hence, you'll want to have time to do that. Also, it's just really nice to have them before your busy schedule starts, too, so you don't have to worry about that. You'll have plenty of other things to do, I'm sure, once the semester starts.
3. Plan ahead / Look at the syllabus
This goes hand-in-hand with organizing yourself. Most professors do provide the syllabus before hand, and this my friends is a wonderful gift. Being able to see what your days will look like and most importantly your work load, you'll be able to get the big picture of your semester. Once I get my syllabi for the semester, I print them out so I have hard copy and then I look it over, while adding important due dates to my calendar. Which will constantly give me an oversight of whats to come week to week but also day to day. This planning ahead will be supper efficient for staying on top your work and being able to plan your personal life without having complications with your educational life.
4. Make goals
Making goals may seem a little "kiddie" when it comes to school, it always makes me think of fifth grade and being told to "set goals for the year". Goals like getting straight A's or always handing in homework. Whether it may be in school or in our daily lives, I do think that we are constantly setting and accomplishing goals, whether they are big or small. We may not pronounce that we are setting this specific goal and setting a time frame we want to have accomplished it, but still quietly in our minds and thoughts we do. Everyday we have little goals or things we want to get done, whether it may be going to the gym or baking a cake. A goal is a goal. So for this semester, set a few goals for yourself that will help motivate you and keep you working your hardest through out all the up's and down's a uni semester can send you through. It could be something like never missing a lecture, unless you are sincerely sick, or maybe it's getting a specific grade. It can be anything and it's totally up to you, but try and pick something and stick to it.
5. Stay Healthy
I cannot emphasize this enough. All the points above are important and will help you but this, this is essential. You need to be good to your mind, body and soul if you want to live successfully. No it may not bring you A's without effort or riches beyond your desires but it will bring you some of the way. You need to feed your body, and feed it well, in order for it and you to function at an optimal level. Staying healthy means everything from regular exercise to eating right, and everything in-between. Don't eat burgers and fries for every other meal and for goodness sake don't eat pizza for dinner every night. If you want to be successful, you need to take care of yourself and that means fueling your body with the right things. With regard to exercise, I get it, time can be pressed at times and you may not feel like you have time for it but I'm also a student and I know there's time for it somewhere in that long week of yours. And the thing is that it doesn't have to be going to the gym every single day for two hours each day, not at all. Just do little things if you can't get in a proper workout, such as, go for a walk (or walk to class) or do some yoga in your room or do a super quick HITT workout. There are so many available out there, there's even one on my health page, that are great for targeting the entire body in a short period of time. There is just one more thing I would like to quickly point out in relation to health as well. Sleep. Yes, eating the right things and daily exercise is awesome, but if you aren't properly sleeping all of it could be for nothing (I'll get more into that in another post). But really, sleep is so so important, it's your busy bodies reset button and it needs it, every day!
So these are my top five tips for starting a new semester off right! I hope you found some of them useful and I hope that they help you in your upcoming semester. These five little tips have made a huge difference in my work as a student and I know that they can do their part in helping you as well!