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How To Start A Semester Properly: 5 Easy Tips To Good Grades

Well, it gets sad when the holiday is over and it’s back to reading and stressing about school. Does school stress the hell out of you? I mean almost everyone who read that statement would be like “Yeahhhh, it does”. Well, you can reduce the stress of school if you start a semester properly. 

There is really no right or wrong way to start a semester, it comes down to how you usually set your schedule and when you’re most productive in getting things done. But if you need some guidance, then keep on reading cause this post is going to cover 5 easy tips for good grades. And everything just starts from the foundation, which is the start of a semester.

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Why Do You Need To Start A Semester Properly?

There are so many reasons why you should start a new semester the right way;

It reduces stress: When everything is organized, you feel less stressed because you know exactly what to do next.

You have time for yourself: When everything is well laid down from the beginning of the semester, you get to have more time for yourself because you’ll know your free times and when you can have fun.

It gets your brain pumping: Trust me, once it’s a semester break, I watch movies day and night (well maybe not too much) but my brain goes numb. Getting your schedule, and a routine at the start of a semester will help you get your brain pumping for the upcoming term.

You get better grades: You might think this isn’t related to getting good grades, but imagine you’re building a house. The structure of the whole house depends on the foundation of the house. So the outcome of your semester, which is your grades, depends on the foundation from the start of the semester. Get it?

How To Start A New Semester Properly

1. Get Organized

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Getting organized is kind of broad, isn’t it? What exactly does it mean to get organized? Getting organized for a new semester is basically getting everything you need before the first day of class, or before the second week.

  • Get a planner to write your daily tasks
  • Organize your computer files from the previous semester and get ready for the new semester
  • Organize your notes for each class that you’re going to take in the new semester
  • Get your textbooks and other materials you need for the semester
  • Take a reasonable course load
  • Get your housing ready or wherever you’re going to stay

2. Keep Track Of Deadlines

Most instructors usually give the course syllabus and outline on or before the first day of classes.

  • Read through the syllabus and course outline
  • Take note of all the assignments, test, projects, labs and all their deadlines.
  • Fill these events and deadlines into a google calendar.

This way you know what’s coming up throughout the semester without being reminded. 

Get your class schedule and fill it in google calendar as a recurring event. Or if you prefer the traditional way, use a free timetable template to write down all your courses and their times.

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3. Get Into A Routine

You might wonder why there is a need for this, but getting into a routine will make have control of your environment and you’ll know exactly what to do next. Have a sleep schedule, wake up and sleep at the same time every day. Schedule time for the gym and other extracurricular activities. Set your clothes and backpack the night before classes. A schedule makes you more confident about your environment.

READ MORE: 10 Best Study Techniques For College Students

4. Take Notes In Class

Going to class is easy, but having your attention focused on the topic discussed is somewhat difficult. In order to combat this, consider taking notes in class. Taking notes does not only make sure you’re attentive, it is also a good way of active learning.

As you know, most students who use active learning when studying usually do better than students who do not. Taking good notes in class is easy, all you need to do is;

  • Don’t focus on writing everything the teacher says
  • Use short sentence
  • Write headings and subheadings

You should constantly review your notes using spaced practice, as this is much better than memorizing before an exam.

5. Take Good Care Of Yourself

Having healthy habits like eating healthy, going on walks, sleeping regularly and exercising will make you feel better in general. Research shows that students do better in school when they are emotionally and physically healthy. They miss fewer classes, concentrate more, achieve higher test scores and are less likely to engage in risky or antisocial behaviour.

So move more, eat healthily and sleep well.

READ MORE: 10 Top Tips On How To Survive Exam Week

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Final Thoughts On Starting A Semester Properly

Starting a semester doesn’t need to be stressful, it’s all about small habits.

Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity

James Clear, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way To Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Start a semester positively by getting organized, keeping track of deadlines, getting into a routine, taking notes in class and most importantly taking good care of your physical and emotional health.

I’d love to know how you start off your semester! Type it in the comments below!

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