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Start Your Second Semester Right


Posted on December 17, 2015 by Delaware Valley University .

It’s never easy to get back into the swing of classes and assignments after the long winter break full of lounging around, visiting friends and family, and plenty of holiday food. If you’re not prepared, it’s possible that you could get caught up in the lazy lifestyle you adopted over the past few weeks, which can lead to a rough start to your second semester. 

But by taking the initiative this year at Delaware Valley University and controlling how you start the semester, you’ll be more focused and back on track for the remainder of the school year. 

Plan Ahead

Winter break gives you plenty of time to relax after you spent all semester studying and focusing on your school work, so it’s important to take time to unwind. However, after taking time to yourself and clearing your head, it’s a good idea to look at what’s ahead and make a plan for when classes start again. Review your schedule and find out what buildings your classes are in so you can jump right into things.

In addition to your classes, find out about any extracurricular activities, clubs, or sports that you’d like to be part of this semester. Learn what you can about them so you’re ready as soon as the semester starts.


You’ll be less anxious and stressed about your new classes if you prepare for them. Take advantage of your winter break to review the syllabi for your upcoming classes if your professors have provided them. Get the books you need for your classes and look through them so you can get an idea of the material. 

If you need notebooks, pens or pencils or a flash drive for your laptop or computer, be sure to get them before classes start so you’re not scrambling for materials. 

Create a Schedule

While you’ve taken care of your class schedule, including the other activities you’re participating in will allow you to manage your time more effectively throughout the week. Add any meetings with advisors or clubs as well as exercise and social events. Be sure to schedule time for studying and homework outside class, and don’t forget to schedule downtime for relaxing. 

Having a schedule of your responsibilities for the week will help you to prioritize what needs to be done and help you stay organized. Use the calendar app on your smartphone or get a large calendar to hang in your residence hall room where you can write things down. 

Consider these tips as your second semester draws near and you’ll be focused and prepared to tackle it head on. One of the most important tips to keep in mind is to embrace the excitement that goes along with a brand new semester. New classes are a fresh start to learn new things and achieve all that you want to. Click here to check out DelVal’s website for more tips and tricks to a successful semester.