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How to Jump Start your Second Semester

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Posted on January 5, 2015 by Delaware Valley College.

The second semester gives you the opportunity to start fresh and tackle your new classes with an eager attitude. Aspire to make this semester the best one yet by preparing for it with these few tips. 

Order textbooks before the semester begins. You should get your class schedule for the second semester before the end of the first semester. As soon as you get your schedule, find out what textbooks are required for each class. If you don’t know which ones you’ll need, email the professor or visit his or her office to find out. Books could take a while to arrive depending on when and how you order them and starting the semester without a necessary textbook could put you behind. Start off the semester right by being prepared. 

Purchase a new planner. Make sure the planner is a color, texture and layout that you really like so you’re more inclined to use it. Before the semester begins, write in all of the important dates you need to know, such as the drop/add period and midterms. Staying organized and writing everything in your planner will help you stay on top of your schedule so you don’t forget to submit assignments or attend important events and meetings.

Get new school supplies. While shopping for your new planner, stock up on fresh pens, paper and folders for the start of the semester. Make sure you have a full ink cartridge for your printer, blank flash drives for file storage and plenty of printer paper. Beginning a new semester is exciting, especially when you’re fully prepared with all of the supplies you need.

Make a list of campus events. How often has there been a speaker or fun event on campus that you missed because you didn’t know it was happening? Your college probably has a list of events on its website that will take place during the semester. Browse through it and write in your planner the dates and times of the events you’d like to attend.

Meet with your advisor. Schedule some time to discuss your spring schedule with your advisor and possibly even your future plans for the following semester. Your advisor will help you make sure that you’re on track and completing all of the courses necessary to graduate according to plan. You can also use this time to talk about any final projects that you’ll be required to complete by the end of the semester or before graduation. He or she will be able to answer questions you may have about the upcoming semester as well. 

Set goals. One of the most important ways to jump-start your second semester is by setting goals that you want to achieve over the next couple months. Whether you want to join a new club or make the dean’s list, write down your goals and determine what you’ll need to do to accomplish them.

With these helpful tips, you can start your second semester prepared with a clear mind and ready to learn. Have a great semester!