I hope that you’re settling into your new class schedule and the Boston winter weather. Now that syllabus week is over, assignments are becoming due and the date of that first exam is fast approaching. From simply committing to a weekly routine to planning for the rest of the term, starting off the semester right is sometimes easier said than done. That’s why this post is dedicated to methods of getting into good habits and setting yourself up for success during the Spring semester. Taking the time to implement even just a few of these ideas in first few weeks will be worthwhile; you’ll thank yourself at finals!
1. Plan a specific time to check your Suffolk email and Blackboard every day.
Getting in the habit of checking your email and Blackboard periodically is crucial to an organized semester. Professors often post important updates to the syllabus or assignments through Blackboard. Make sure you’re always looking at the newest version; the syllabus you printed out the first week may be out of date. If you set a time each day to do this on your phone or laptop, it will become second nature.
Reading is a homework assignment many students struggle to complete and often procrastinate on. You might rationalize that you know you should read, but it’s difficult to see the benefit when you’ve been staring at the same book for hours, struggling to retain information. However, in some classes, reading the textbook is crucial. Starting from the beginning of the semester, do your best to break up your reading load into doable amounts and highlight important info, with the purpose of the final exam in mind.
3. Update your resume from last semester.
Did you join a club or start an internship last semester? Add it to your resume. While your experience is fresh in your mind, write down what you’ve done and the skills you’ve gained. It’s much easier to keep your resume updated periodically than only when you need to submit an application.
4. Set goals.
Brainstorm goals you’ll be working toward during the semester. Think of something you’d like to accomplish during the term; it can be anything from researching grad schools, eating healthy, joining a club, or reconnecting with old friends. Write down your goals and take a look at them whenever you need a motivation boost.
Wishing you the best of luck and success in your Spring 2016 semester,