A Guide to Another Semester of College
If you’ve read my college experience post found you’ll realize that my goals and checklist cater to mostly virtual or strictly on line students. However I feel like most students who have already have a couple semesters on their belt won’t need to worry about dorm living, packing checklists, new backpack etc. I do believe the checklist and goals are universal to any student and I hope they are at some use to you!
Set a schedule during week for ‘taking classes’
I go more into depth about this but I generally start off a new semester with great drive, then that dwindles down. Eventually, I became lazy, and my drive dwindles. The organization just stops altogether. My goal is to keep up with this consistently!
Create a calendar of due dates using calendar from email
Reach out to other classmates for help
In virtual courses, there is a lot less personal interaction with fellow students. While most courses require discussion boards to interact with one another, I’d like to communicate with colleagues without being ‘forced to’. I may do this by reaching out to students whose responses and discussions I find the most relative or interesting.
New Semester Checklist
Invest in a planner! I can’t stress planner’s enough, although not everyone is a planner type person. I’d highly recommend one, especially when I was working this was my lifesaver. I don’t necessarily use my planner to write down the assignments, a third time, instead I mark down the times of the week I should be working on my courses. There are so many options for planners out there, and I try to stay frugal about my choice of planner. Target has some cute ones, and you can customize them with just simple sticky notes and colorful pens. You can shop my favorite, affordable, planners below.
Confirm Financial Aid
I don’t want to go too into detail regarding financial aid because even thinking about it gives me anxiety. Just make sure you know when the deadline is to enroll, and ensure that if you use financial aid that it has been processed.
Retain the information
Have you ever midnlessly read a required reading? You start reading but your mind wanders to some far away place. This always happens to me. It’s easy to get distracted and not focus on what you are actually reading. Once I catch myself doing this, I switch up how I’m reading. Maybe it’s easy to mindlessly read while in bed, so I’ll switch locations. Or I’ll use a different method of taking notes. For me I learn better by using old fashioned pen and paper for notes. It’s a pain, and I only resort to this method if I really need to retain the information because I’m struggling.
Read Over Your Master Syllabus for ALL Courses
This seems like a no-brainer, but I’ve learned to reread the syllabus a few times. Missing a due date, or a key piece of information is no good. To ensure that you know what’s going on in the course to the best of your ability read over it just a couple of times. Highlighting important projects, and due dates help me enter them into my calendar. Most of the time the project information isn’t posted, rather just included in the syllabi.
Create a Useful Work Space
When you’re not in a physical classroom, you pretty much have the choice to choose where you ‘work’ or ‘take classes’. I’ve found that if I just sit on the couch, or on my bed, with my laptop I’m not as motivated. Our home here in Thailand, we have a nice white desk in our bedroom. Decorating them with flowers, and pretty things make me feel like I’m not at home as much. Sitting up rather than laying in bed is also better for me to learn. There’s also the ability to do your work outside, weather permitting, and I’ve always enjoyed that. Even a little coffee shop, where there are fewer distractions is nice.
Assignment Master List