For many students, a new semester has started, and the sayings of “Do better this time”, “Now’s the chance to get your grades up”, “Do not slack off this time”, have also begun. For those who don’t want another bad grade and completely fail this time around, this is for you. School is stressful as it is and with other activities, jobs and just life, in general, it can get all over the place. Here are 5 tips to help you succeed and make this semester better than the one before.
Get A Planner
As cheesy as it sounds it helps. With all the classes, homework, projects, test and quizzes happening there’s no way one can remember all of it off the top of their heads every day. A planner is a smart way to stay organized and remember everything. It may seem like a lot of work to take out your planner and writing everything in, but really it takes about 2 minutes, and at one point you may start to see yourself enjoying the activity, and there’s always a way to make it more fun. For example, using colored pens to write in it, highlighters and post-it notes to decorate it.
Easier said than done, but it has to be done. Paying attention is the biggest factor in getting your grades up. You also be surprised when that day of the test or final comes up, you haven’t studied the night before but you have been paying attention to the whole class and you end up passing. If you find it hard to just sit there and look at the board and hear the teacher speak try taking notes of pretty much anything you feel is important. One you’re paying attention in class and taking notes for later.
No Slacking Off
Again easier said than done, especially when you are a senior in high school or college. Senioritis is real and it does not care who you are and what time of the semester it is, it will hit and it will stick till graduation. Best way to fight it is to not let it get to you. Remember your goal and what you want at the end of it all. Do your homework or project as soon as possible so you have the rest of the day/week to enjoy yourself.
This may sound like the simplest thing and sounds like it won’t help much but it does. Participating can get your grade up by a lot. Even just going to class and showing up counts as participation and it helps. Teachers/ professors, they like students who show up for the class, so even if you don’t understand the topic being taught, going to class every day and raising your hand here and there will keep you in the good graces of the teacher. It also shows them that you care and you’re trying.
Take Classes You Are Interested In
Why do things you don’t like? Why take a class you don’t enjoy. If you find yourself hating your major and the classes that it brings than maybe it’s not for you. Choose things you enjoy and find interesting, otherwise, it’s just going to become boring and you won’t have the will power to try for it anymore. Sometimes it’s the teachers that make the course miserable so try switching to a different class if the feeling of boredom and dislike still stays than that course is not meant to be for you. When one is interested in something it becomes less of a chore and more fun.