Review some of your accomplishments and difficulties from last semester—then move on.
It’s a great idea to remember what went well last semester, like creating an awesome group project or getting an A in a class you didn’t think you’d survive. Then ask yourself, how did I make that happen? Did you take good notes? Did you find a study method that works well for you? Try to continue these behaviors this semester!
Now think about some of the things that didn’t go so well last semester. Maybe you had trouble turning in your assignments on time or felt unprepared during finals week. And again ask yourself, why did I have these problems? Are they something you can learn from and change in this semester?
Now for the most important part…move forward from Fall 2016. You have a brand new semester ahead of you, so take advantage of it!
Visualize your semester.
I like to make a list of all the big assignments, papers, and projects I’ll have due during the semester. This may seem like a task that can be overwhelming, but it will help you in the long run. Your syllabus for each class might look manageable, but make sure you know of the weeks you’ll have assignments due in multiple classes so you’ll be prepared. If you see a crazy week in your future, maybe take a day off from work or plan something fun to do once you’ve finished!
Set goals and conquer.
Setting goals is key to bouncing back into a new semester. Use the SMART acronym for these goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-based. They don’t need to be class related either; your goal could be to get more exercise, get a better sleeping schedule, or apply for internships. Knowing that this semester you are working toward goals that are important to you is extremely motivating.
It doesn’t matter if this is your second semester or your eighth; we all have the chance to bounce back into 2017 with an awesome start to the semester, and I believe that we all can do it!