Ten helpful tips that guarantee a successful spring semester
by Texas State SLAC
1. Reconnect with other students.
Seek out students from the previous semester’s classes, organizations, living arrangements and work. Building upon acquaintances can lead you to form study partners and future friendships. Plus, being socially involved gives balance to a stressful life. And don’t hesitate to talk first to those you recognize on campus. It is easier to speak the first time you see someone than the next.
Heading for Finals: Don’t Hit the Wall. Climb Over It!
Does this sound like you or someone you know? During exams, do you:
- go blank
- become frustrated
- start thinking I can’t do this or I’m stupid
- feel your heart racing or find it difficult to breathe
- know the answers—after turning in a test
- score much lower than on homework or papers
Self-sabotage affecting your grades?
Take some advice from Mark Twain.
By Texas State SLAC
“I have never let schooling interfere with my education.”
— Mark Twain
Mark Twain teaches a good lesson: Students can get so caught up making good grades that they forget to learn. Also, students sabotage themselves by practicing bad study techniques that further hinder their actually learning. Many of you know things you should and should not do before a test, but this will be a good reminder of good and bad test prep. Continue reading
Map your way to
successful essay writing
When you read an essay question, do you get a headache? Does your brain go blank? Try comparing taking essay tests to using Google Maps or another map search engine. Principles that achieve good map search results also work for answering essay questions.
1. GET DIRECTIONS
Read the question thoroughly. Details determine the route you take in your explanation.
Search tip: Identify specifics in an essay question so you don’t waste time on false starts and explanations that are loose or dead ends. Continue reading
Planners are great ways to keep you up-to-date and organized.
September is practically gone, but it’s never too late to remind yourself that 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 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.
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Tips for Planning Your Semester
A few hours spent in the library each week can do wonders!
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: Continue reading