Study Tips: Keeping Up With Goals

Don’t procrastinate! Keep up with your goals by planning ahead

Students in the PACE Center

The PACE Center provides mentors and academic coaches for freshman students. Take advantage of the free help to stay on top of your grades!

By Texas State SLAC

It’s never too late to remind yourself that staying up to date with school work now is crucial—especially considering extracurricular activities you may have committed to this fall. Make sure to keep up with all of the readings and homework for your classes. The longer you put them off, the harder it is to catch up, and the more likely you will become overwhelmed the night before a test or project due date. Bad grades at the beginning of a course are very hard to bring up at the end.

Here are three tips to help you keep going:

  1. If you have any large papers or projects, spread the work evenly throughout the rest of the semester. Do not wait until the last minute. If the project or paper seems overwhelming, break it into parts and set deadlines for each.
  2. Refresh your connections to contacts in class. If you get sick and have to miss class, having people to get notes from will help you catch up.
  3. Finally, study groups offer one of the best ways to prepare for tests, whether you are doing well in a class or not. Learning from a peer can be easier than trying to increase your understanding alone. And helping others learn is the best way to retain and understand material yourself!

Whatever your strategies, don’t let other fall obligations lull you into inaction. That way, finishing on a positive note won’t seem impossible later!

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