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How to Rock the New Semester: Five Ways to Set Yourself Up for Success


1. Stay Organized

It may sound cliche at this point, but staying organized during the semester is one of the main ways to be successful in school. One way you can stay organized this semester is by using a planner. As soon as you get your class syllabus, put all of your due dates, exam dates, club meetings, and other obligations you have into it. That way, you have your days planned out, and can work around your schedule.

2. Join a Study Group

Have hard classes this semester? Do you learn better by group discussions? If so, you may benefit from joining a study group! Covid-19 has moved most classes online. However, zoom study sessions are a fun way to still connect and discuss with your classmates. If you have in-person classes, you may be able to do in-person study sessions with your classmates. Remember to wear your mask, wash your hands, and maintain 6 feet from each other!

3. Get Enough Sleep

Giving your body and brain rest is one of the most important keys to performing well in college. Make sure you’re keeping up with your schedule so you can get enough sleep each night, and not pull all-nighters. (No, you cannot live off of energy drinks and 4 hours of sleep).

4. Don't Procrastinate 

You hear all the time how procrastinating is one of the worst things you could do to yourself in college, and it’s true. Not only do you fall behind in your classes, but you fall behind in a lot of other aspects of your life. You start to pull all-nighters, lose sleep, tend to eat poorly, become dehydrated, and more. Taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your responsibilities. 

5. Set Specific Goals

Breaking down your main goals into smaller, more achievable goals is a great way to tackle those bigger tasks. Want to ace your next exam? Try breaking down that goal into “I want to study 2 hours a day for that exam.” Smaller goals are easier for the brain to comprehend, feel good when accomplished, and pays off in the end.

Isabel Burns

Wichita '22

Isabel is a junior at WSU majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Chemistry. After graduation she plans to go to medical school to become a pediatric neurologist. She is currently conducting undergraduate research in speech pathology. Some of her passions include martial arts/ taekwondo, reading, and volunteering!
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