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Starting a New Semester Tips

I remember calling my mom crying after my first college class. It was a philosophy class and I was convinced I was going fail the class. After talking to the professor, getting a tutor, and asking a million questions, I did not fail! Or even come close to failing! By the end of the semester I really couldn't believe that I made it out alive.

While I always struggle a little bit to get back into the swing of things after a long break, luckily it’s not usually as bad as that first day of my freshman year. Change is not one of my strengths, so there is always a little bit of an adjustment period. This time seems especially hard since I wasn’t at Furman last semester. Luckily, since I’m a second semester junior (where the heck has time gone?!?!) I’ve gotten into more of my major classes, rather than some of the required classes that don’t interest me as much!

Now that classes are back in full swing,  I thought it might be helpful to tell you some of the small new semester tips that I have found that make my transition smoother!

As someone who stresses lot, most of time over nothing, I’m really going to work on prioritizing my time better! I’m looking forward to starting a new semester while keeping these tips in mind!

1. Write down all important due dates from your syllabus // Do this for every class! I write down the due date of every single class and every single assignment! Some professors don't remind you of assignments and the due dates so it's important that you're on top of them!

2. Dedicate a notebook/folder for every class // Part of this is just because I love school supplies so much. But it helps to have all your papers and notes in one place for each of your classes (I usually label them)!

3. Get a tutor early! // There is no shame in getting a tutor. I am taking French this semester and I already know I'm going to need about 7 tutors (read what happened during my last french class). Ask for help early because if you wait until the last week of the semester it could be too late!

4. Make a folder on your computer for each of your classes // Makes it so easy to find documents! Sometimes I even make folders inside those folders for individual research projects!

5. Print off multiple copies of you schedule // I usually have a copy in each of my class notebooks and one in my planner! I also usually have one hung up somewhere in my room! Over the top?....Maybe

6.  Assign a color for each class for your planner // I color code my planner per class. It makes it so easy to separate classes and homework. It really makes a world of difference for me. 

7. Make a friend in every class // Having a friend in every class can save you from sending constant emails asking questions about small assignments to your professor! Plus having someone to study with always makes hard classes a little easier when you feel like you're not the only one lost!

Share your favorite tips for starting off the semester right with me!





  1. I love all of these tips, Shannon! So helpful!


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