Start of a New Semester

It is the start of spring/summer session for most college/university students. Usually students take courses in the summer because they are on a fast track program hoping to finish their studies in less than normal or because they require a credit. Certainly most students work at least part time jobs and have to balance school, work and social life.  Here are some tips on how to succeed in your spring/summer studies.

Keep a Positive Attitude. Aim high. When you hear the teacher discuss the grading system the first day of class– let your target be on achieving an A. Focus on how to achieve your highest potential. Have the confidence within yourself that you can do it because you can do anything you want to do. If you believe it will be less than possible to achieve, you probably won’t achieve an A. If you catch yourself doubting an A is possible, scribble down the reason – was it an assignment that was mentioned? What words made you believe you couldn’t do it? Jot it down and later ask the teacher to explain that part to you in more detail. Catch yourself early so that you can achieve excellence.

 Attend Class. If you are to do well, attendance is essential. If you know that your work schedule conflicts with school, take a distance education course so that you can do it on your own time. Go to class with a willingness to learn. Even if the subject is less than exciting to you, take notes. Keep your notes organized in a binder marked especially for this course. Although this seems to be simplistic, the truth is the notes and teachings are progressive. You must have them in an organized fashion in order to study and complete assignments. Use a highlighter to mark important aspects the teacher mentions in class. If possible, bring a laptop to class so that you can type your notes.

 Read Materials. It is of course necessary to read notes in class but this in itself is not enough. Once you go home, read over the notes from that day, highlight any important aspects of the teaching. The rereading of your notes will help you to learn it. Write any questions you may have about the material and contact your professor for clarification.

Compose Questions.  Usually, your professor will allow time for questions during the class. While the teacher is teaching, jot down any questions you may have and wait for the discussion period. If time does not permit, go to your teacher’s office hours or at least email the question to him/her. Catch any uncertainties immediately. If you are missing a concept or idea, you may not be able to proceed with the next teaching.

 Use your Agenda – Look at the course syllabus and mark important dates in your calendar or agenda. Do your best to prioritize your schedule so that you don’t have work or social commitments during those important dates. Sketch out a schedule of assignments/tests and plan your work schedule and social life around them.

You have an opportunity to excel to achieve an A. You have the chance to learn and to master new material. Give it your best effort

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