Setting the tone for the semester
by Texas State SLAC
Photo by CollegeDegrees360 / flickr.com
This is the first full week of school and a good time to set the tone for what lies ahead this semester. Consider this checklist to help you out:
____ I have purchased books and other materials for all my classes.
____ I have attended all classes for the first time and collected a syllabus for each one.
____ I have a daily planner and wall calendar on which to post all events, assignments and their due dates, exams/quizzes, trips and other extracurricular activities.
____ I have allocated time for reading each day during prime hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F).
____ I have a study schedule. If I do not have one, I will get someone to help me make one. A good place to start looking for help is at SLAC.
____ I have arranged with my employer to give me the same work schedule each week if at all possible. This will allow me to set my study hours — and not be worried about having to go to work at unexpected times and days.
____ I have shared my study schedule with my roommate so we can coordinate activities around the time we have set aside for studying.
____ I promise myself that I will read to get ahead when I don’t have homework; moreover, I promise myself that I will never go to class having NOT read the assigned reading.
____ I will attend all labs that my courses require.
____ I promise to give myself some time to relax and have fun — and to take care of my physical and mental health. The Student Health Center and Counseling Center are on campus to assist me.
____ I will post this contract with myself where I can see it every day.