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Tips for a Successful Fall Semester


Posted on August 20, 2015 by Delaware Valley University.

While it may be sad that the summer is ending, Delaware Valley University students need to shift gears to focus on the upcoming fall semester. While it can be tough to get out of summer mode, starting the new school year on a strong foot can be beneficial for the upcoming semesters.

As the fall semester at DelVal begins, you want to be at the top of your game so you don’t fall behind and need to undergo serious damage control to make up for lack of effort. To help get your mind in gear, take a look at DelVal’s tips for a successful fall semester.

Find Your Study Spot
If your residence hall room is too noisy and you need a place where you can focus so you can study efficiently, do some research and walk around campus so you can find the perfect spot as soon as possible. This way, whenever you have an important paper or exam you need to prepare for, you’ll be ready to head to your focused environment.

Introduce Yourself to Your Professors and Plan to Attend Their Office Hours
Establishing a strong relationship with your professors will work toward your success. You want your instructors to know who you are and vice versa so you can approach them with any issues or misunderstandings from class. 

Your professors at DelVal are here to help you succeed, but it’s up to you to introduce yourself and explain what you hope to get out of their class in order to show your ambition and determination. Scheduling time to attend your professors’ office hours will only help you better understand the material being covered in class. Plus, if you take the time to talk with your professors outside class about anything you don’t understand or need help with, they may take that into account when grading.

Taking a Tough Course? Schedule a Tutor
Some of us can tell when a course subject won’t be our strong suit. While some people have math or literature come easily to them, others don’t. 

If you find that you’re taking a class that you think will give you trouble, plan ahead for weekly tutoring sessions. These sessions will be well worth your time because when you’re working in a subject that isn’t your strong suit, sometimes all you need is a little guidance before the information clicks. 

While the fall semester is always the hardest one to start for college students, being proactive and shaking off the summer blues early will help you start your school year at DelVal on the right foot. By taking advantage of our tips, DelVal students will stay out in front of their schoolwork, which will lead to a much smoother semester overall.

If you’re interested in learning more about the educational environment at DelVal, you can plan a campus visit to get a feel for the school and our learning community.