One // Buy Supplies + Finalize Schedule
This can be the most fun and most frustrating of all pre-semester preparation. Once you finalize your schedule, hopefully with a realistic amount of down time incorporated, it’s time to buy supplies. I typically use one notebook with a folder for each class and I find that it works out perfectly! Check out Target and TJ Maxx for the best supplies.
Two // Write Down All Dates + Streamline Calendars
Once you have your syllabus, go ahead and write down every assignment. Yes, all of them. I once forgot to write down a paper and turned it in two weeks late; let me make these mistakes for you! Once everything is written down in a physical planner, put your schedule and assignments in a calendar app. I use the apple ICal app and simply sync my class schedule and assignments. I am a very adamant about using paper planners but there’s nothing compared to getting alerts a week before you have a huge exam.
Three // Prepare Study Materials
Before things get rolling, make sure that you are all set with note cards, highlighters, and sticky notes. You’re quickly going to need all you can when you start studying and the last thing you want to do is be digging through your desk to find your calculator when you’re frantically trying to finish an assignment. Make it easy to find and readily available.
Four // Utilize Online Resources
You must must must use sites like Rate My Professor, My Edu, and look into study resources like Study Edge. You’re going to want an inside look at how your professor grades and interacts with students. With My Edu you’re actually able to see yearly grade breakdowns to see what students typically make in a course. These tools will greatly prepare you to begin the semester in the know.
Five // Look Into On Campus Opportunities
Prepare you calendar with application deadlines, concerts, and speakers that are coming to your campus! Some of these things will not be advertised until later in the year but by thinking ahead, you’ll be more prepared to skip class to see Eric Church… or skip Eric Church to study for an exam. Your call!
Six // Clean Out Old Files
Go through everything and realize that you probably will not use any of it again. I kept everything my freshman year and quickly realized during my sophomore fall that I would never refer to my old notes ever again. Delete all old assignments, notes, and throw out all old printed work. I promise you won’t miss it and it will feel so good to not have it laying around!
Seven // Search for Cheap Textbooks
Chegg, Amazon, local off campus textbook dealers, and your college FB pages are the best places to find cheaper textbooks! I *highly* suggest waiting until you’ve been to your first class to buy textbooks. Professors tend to have different opinions on what’s necessary than your syllabus. No, it doesn’t make any sense but it happens.
Eight // Write Down Semester Goals
When planning out your semester create class, involvement, social, and spiritual goals to work on throughout the semester. By envisioning where you want to be by the end of the semester you can better approach those dreams every day.
Nine // Identify Schedule Conflicts
This is refering back to the class vs. Eric Church dilemma. I know what I would do (and have done) but the choice is up to you! Everything comes at a price and college is the best place to learn this horribly real life lesson. Figure out early when you’ll need to miss class and let your professor know. This will make professors much more able and willing to help you.
Ten // Find Routes to Classes
Look up your room numbers early and try to find your classes ahead of time! This will save you a ton of headaches on the first day of classes.
I want to know! What do you do to prepare for a new semester? More importantly, would you chose Eric Church or class?
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