By TXST SLAC
September is practically gone, but it’s never too late to remind yourself that schoolwork now is crucial — especially considering extracurricular activities you may have committed to this fall. Make sure to keep up with all of the reading(s) and homework for 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 due date. Bad grades at the beginning of a course are very hard to bring up at the end. Here are some tips to help you keep going:
- Use a planner and wall calendar. Put the dates of assignments and school-related work on it and the amount of time you’ll need to study/work. Put work times and medical appointments on it. Look at it at the end and beginning of each day. Really look at it.
- Spread the schoolwork evenly throughout the rest of the semester — especially if you have any large papers or projects. Do not wait until the last minute. If the project or paper seems overwhelming, break it into parts and set deadlines for each.
- 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.
- Form or find groups with which to do your schoolwork. 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!