After three months of summer holidays getting back into a college routine can be a bit of a shock to the system for returning 2nd, 3rd & 4th Years.
Here are some tips to help get your year off to the right start:
1. Do learn from your mistakes: Take a few minutes to think about what you would like to achieve this year and semester, and what you may need to do differently in order to achieve it. It could be as simple as investing in an alarm clock so that you wake up on time to make those early morning lectures; or something more concerted like meeting with a lecturer to revise concepts you struggled with last year. Either way, this is a new year and a new start, take advantage of it!
2. Do attend the first week of lectures: (As well as the weeks that follow after that) It’s tempting to tell yourself that you’re going to ease yourself back into college, nothing happens during the first week back anyway. However, getting back into a routine and college schedule early, as well as keeping up with reading and homework always pays off in the long run.
3. Don’t avoid making appointments to meet with your lecturers: Although classes are just getting started, now is a good time to ask for help and guidance particularly with subjects you are struggling with. Don’t allow what is currently a small issue to become a serious one because you ignored it, hoping it would sort itself out.
4. Don’t suffer from last year “hangover”: Try to enter the new year with an open mind, don’t carry ‘baggage’ (be it a dislike of a lecturer, a subject, a person in your class) into the new year with you. Having the right frame of mind and attitude towards something is half the battle won.
5. Do revise your time management habits: If you were constantly running out of time to work on assignments and feeling like your life was just one big deadline, then now is a good time to review your time management habits. There are a number of posts on Time Management available on this blog.
6. Do keep a positive attitude: Having survived the last year you know how crazy workloads can get, how many late nights and early mornings are required to keep on top of everything. But also remember that you have what it takes to meet these challenges and thrive. Make time for family and friends. Don’t forget to eat healthy and exercise. Remind yourself of what your end goal is and keep your eye on the prize.