January 16, 2020, by Valentina
New Semester, New You?
I love new beginnings.
First days of the month.
New Years Day.
Anything heralding a breath of fresh air is so comforting to me.
I always feel ready to take on a fresh start; each one just seems like an opportunity for improvement and change, especially when that new beginning is the new uni semester and you’ve just finished dealing with the headaches of deadlines and exams. Staying organised at uni is not easy. I don’t know about you, but I tend to realise exactly how unorganised I’ve been smack dab in the middle of assessment period. The most inconvenient of realisations is that you’re not quite as prepared as you thought you were. The beacon of hope is that a new semester awaits – as does the opportunity to prepare better and avoid the caffeine-induced panic of trying to get everything done at the last minute.
So, since this new beginning is just around the corner, let’s talk about some ‘New Semester Resolutions’ that might make the next few weeks a period of productivity and academic success…
Attend your lectures!
They form the foundation of what you learn. When assessments start rearing their heads, those notes you took four weeks ago will be everything.
Start your assignments in advance!
I can’t stress this enough. The amount of worry you will save yourself makes it entirely worth it – and you’ll have enough time to make them perfect!
Make revision an ongoing process!
The key is to know content well enough that when your exam is a week or so away you can focus on brushing up your knowledge, exam practice, etc.
Make use of support available to you!
If you have an ongoing situation that’s making it hard for you to get on with your studies – reach out! The welfare office, student services, your personal tutor, etc. You may not know exactly how much support you have available – make use of it.
Good luck making the most of this new beginning!