Friday, December 16, 2016

How to Prepare for Next Semester

While break is certainly a time to kick back, celebrate making it through an entire semester alive, and relax, it's also a time to get ready to have a great next semester!  The more prepared you are for the semester, the easier it is to work your way back into the school routine.  Here I have some tips on how to get yourself ready to tackle it!

Buy your textbooks as soon as you know what you need.
Don't wait until the last second!  If you get your textbooks from websites like Chegg, their prices change based on supply and demand.  Since everyone is selling their textbooks at the end of the semester, that's the cheapest time you'll get them!  The longer you wait, the more expensive they'll be.

Look over your books when you get them.
Now, I'm not saying you need to start taking notes as soon as your books arrive, but do try to look at the content.  You can see what you'll be learning about over the next semester, and see if anything sounds especially interesting or difficult. You might also get an idea for how your class will be set up.

 Create a notes list.
This is definitely an optional step, and is something I'm trying for the first time this semester. I know it might seem like a lot of work, but if you're serious about taking notes for a class, you should do it!  I broke it down by each section in a chapter, but if you'd rather just have it set up chapter by chapter that works just as well.

Set up your planner.
I always make it a habit to write my schedule down in my planner on the first week of school. I write the class, the time, and the building/room. This is incredibly helpful, especially if you're nervous about forgetting where you need to be and don't want to have it up on your phone for a solid 20 minutes trying to figure it out. Trust me, I've done that.

If you don't have a planner, now might be the time to get one! They are so helpful for keeping track of due dates, appointments, and any other thing you might want to know.  There are so many different options out there, and you can even make your own!  Anything works, and the range is from a dollar store weekly planner all the way up to the Hobonichi Techo.

Create a goal for the semester.
I know, this might seem pointless, but trust me, goals are super important to have!  Seeing them and knowing just one thing you want to improve on in the semester can be a great motivator.  And it can be something as simple as not skipping any classes, or getting your assignments done early.  You can even get more detailed, and try to create/follow a study plan.  It doesn't even have to be school related; you can have a goal to drink water or eat breakfast every day.  Just give yourself something to work towards, and when you do it, you'll feel even more accomplished.

Set up your note taking system.
I know, this is a very general thing to say, but this is a step that depends on how you work best in a classroom.  If you're someone who prefers taking notes in a binder, make sure your binder is labeled and loaded with paper.  If you prefer notebooks, get them labeled with each class!

Well, those are the tips I have for you guys! If you have anything else that's a must-do in preparing for the semester, let me know! I'd love to feel as prepared as possible.

Hugs and Kisses,
The Cornfed Princess

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