How to Be Successful This Semester?

August 23, 2016

I guess it won’t come as a surprise to you if I tell that the secret of academic success is in preparation. Just like in any other sphere of your life, good preparation is the cornerstone of your future results. So, in this article, I’m going to share some secrets with you to ensure that your preparation works magic.

Aim high

If you are reading this article, you have obviously set a goal for demonstrating outstanding academic results. However good this aim is, it is not sufficient. Does this mean that once you’ve received all As, there’ll be nothing more to improve? 
Don’t just aim for good academic results, aim high! After all, education is just another way of developing your personality. Think of what person you want to become and what achievements will help you develop your character. 
However, remember that all goals have to be achievable. Whenever some of your dreams look unrealistic, try dividing them into small parts. For instance, instead of just saying “I want to lose weight this semester”, you might set a goal to get a gym subscription and actually visit it, say, twice a week.

Get organized

Right now you might think I’m some kind of a nerd, but I simply adore the moment professors send us the semester syllabus. And I become really disappointed when they decide to give them during the classes rather than uploading them online. As soon as I get the syllabus, I can plan my time! I know exactly what assignments need to be done and when, so I can make my life way easier.
Luckily, there are plenty of good apps available to help me bring some order to my life. The one I strongly advise is Wunderlist. This app allows me to plan the whole semester! The great thing is that you can synchronize the lists in iPhone and Macbook and never lose track of all activities to be done. I can also access my lists while traveling, so I never miss deadlines. What you may dislike about the app is that you have to insert all tasks manually. However, you won’t miss a thing during the semester.

How to Be Successful This Semester

Remember about textbooks

So, the semester has already started, you’ve got thousands of tasks to complete, but you cannot do that because you don’t have textbooks! To avoid this, order all your books beforehand. You can do that on Amazon, Chegg or any other website. This won’t be as cheap as buying textbooks from other students, so you may check who took the same course before and contact these people. 
In addition, you might want to share books with another person in the class. This will require some additional time managements, but it will definitely increase cost efficiency.

Stay optimistic

It is OK to be nervous. If you follow the aforementioned tips, you will succeed! So stay optimistic. Set achievable goals, be proactive and enjoy your best semester ever!

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