You’re a freshman, you have just finished your first semester and you’re freaking out because you did not realize college can be harder than high school. Or maybe you’re a senior and you want to finish your last semester at IU strong. Either way, co-eds, follow these 5 tips from College Lifestyles Campus Satellite at Indiana University and you’ll be bound to maintain that strong start to this Hoosier semester.
Make Goals For Yourself
Keep your strong start going by setting three academic goals for yourself. Write them somewhere you will see them every day. Put these written pick-me-up notes in your planner or on the mirror in your bedroom, it will remind you of what you want to achieve this semester. Co-eds, your goals don’t need to be crazy. Try setting a small, attainable goal initially. For instance, try going to Wells library three times a week for some fruitful study sessions. By setting these personal academic goals, Hoosiers are bound to maintain that strong semester start with the right mindset.
Get Into A Routine
Routines can be the key to success. Plan out your day and set aside specific study and relaxation times. By doing this, you will force yourself to stick to the schedule, otherwise your day could be messed up. Whether this routine is going to Wells for a few hours every night after dinner, or making sure that you have a few hour break between classes. You could even grab lunch at a table in the IMU food court, where you can spread out and get work done. These simple routine tips will propel you towards success.
Don’t Be Afraid of Office Hours
Maintain your academic goals by going to your professor’s office hours and introducing yourself. Try to write up a few questions that relate to the class material, preparation is key here. This will make you face the office hours with confident attitude. Who knows, get to know your professor well enough and they might write you a recommendation for a future internships or grad school applications.
Explore a New Study Spot
Maintain that strong start by changing up your habits. Have you always studied at Wells Library? We advise you to try something new. For instance, check out one of CLCS IU’s favorite Bloomington coffee shops, such as Soma or the Pour House Cafe. The change in environment might inspire you to do your best studying yet.
Take Time to Relax
Sometimes the stress from school and extracurricular activities can become too much. After all, you can’t spend every night at Wells. Take time to relax, you deserve it. High stress situations are not good for your skin, if you’re feeling particularly stressed one weekend, try having a classy, relaxing spa night in with your roommates. What could be more stress-relieving than a gossip session with your best friends while experimenting with beauty products great for wintertime? Instead of going straight from studying to bed, turn off your electronics and crack open an interesting book. You’ll fall asleep easier and have something to look forward to every night. Continue to keep your stress levels down during the week by staying healthy and working out regularly. With all this hard work this semester, you deserve all the study breaks you can get your hands on..
There you have it, Hoosiers. 5 easy ways to stay on track and start this semester off strong. We hope these tips will come in handy for maintaining that strong start to the semester. We here at CLCS IU wish you a happy week.
Melanie Metzman is a sophomore at Indiana University majoring in journalism and communication and culture. Keep up with her @melanie_metzman. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite at Indiana University on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU. – See more at: http://collegelifestyles.org/indianauniversity/2014/12/28/healthy-hoosiers-top-5-peppermint-recipes/#sthash.QvubJSIA.dpuf