Tips for Planning Your Semester
There’s so much pressure in getting an education: parents wanting the best for you, employers looking for top-of-the-line students, and you expecting excellence from yourself and success for your future. It’s okay to want to make parents proud, find a good job and be successful, but the grades that allow these things depend to a large extent on how you plan. The following are some tips on planning your semester:
- Get informed — use resources such as the Math Lab, Writing Center, the SLAC Lab, Computer Science Tutoring, Student Support Services and others. Find out what they are, where they are and when they are open; then visit the ones that can help you. To find them, go to http://www.txstate.edu/slac/othersupport.html.
- Know your professors, their office locations and office hours. Know your IAs and lab assistants. Making personal contact with them will make you feel more accountable and also more comfortable seeking their help.
- Schedule — set up an hour-by-hour daily schedule and block off hours taken by sleep, classes and work. Then set aside time for study (you should study two hours for each hour spent in class), work and play.
- Sleep, really — make sure your schedule allows for an adequate amount of sleep. Stick with your sleep schedule even when you have a test or assignment due. Sleep will help you perform at the top of your game.
- Relax and have fun — find a place to relax (a coffee shop, the park or the river) and see a movie, go dancing or utilize campus recreational resources once in awhile. If you study and work all the time, you could suffer “burn out.” Extracurricular activities are good as long as they don’t get in the way of serious study time. See http://www.lbjsc.txstate.edu/caso/soc/ for more ideas.
College can be a wonderful experience, but plan well and do it before things get out of hand. The better you plan, the better you will do in your classes.