So…the first week of the semester is officially complete. It was definitely one heck of a week. It was full of new faces, shopping (for books), and syllabuses (or syllabi…I have no idea). I’m still trying to figure out how to work around my new schedule. I’m mostly trying to figure out when to eat lunch because that is obviously the priority. I have seemed to luck out with great professors and discounted books…what more could you ask for? I’m using the techniques I discovered last semester in the beginning this go around to make my life a little less stressful. Some things I learned during the spring:
- I am not very likely to create study material outside of class. I started creating digital note cards through Quizlet while in class (you gotta watch out for those tech-hating professors though!) This was much more effective and when it was time to study outside of class, I already had the cards ready and could just…well…study.
- If the professor provides their lectures (such as PowerPoint) it is way easier to take notes by printing the lecture out before hand. That way I can skip writing the points they already have and just add anything new they say. You know when a professor tells you not to worry about writing everything down but just focus on the main points? Yeah…I’m the person who writes EVERYTHING down anyway. My hand doesn’t cramp as much after this method.
- Do any and all extra credit they may give you. Even if you are a decent student, things happen, and that paper you wrote the third week could save your grade.
- If there are student assistants, don’t be afraid to ask them for help. That’s why they’re there. I (as most people) can feel embarrassed asking other people for help. I realized that they know how you are feeling (they are of course students too) and probably feel proud of themselves when they are able to help someone else. Your grade will thank you for asking.
Getting through school is all about learning the best ways that YOU can work efficiently. Most of us have a life outside of school whether it be work, clubs/sports, or even enough sleep so we have to use our time wisely. I have high hopes that I will actually use my planner this semester to make better use of my time. We’ll see how that goes. If you’re currently in school, I want to say good luck and you can do it. Thanks for giving this a read! Later taters! 🥔✌🏻 – Kayla xx