This post is about easy ways to prepare for a new semester.
I can’t believe 2018 is almost over!
As excited as I am for the New Year, I can’t help but think about how quickly I’ll be starting spring semester.
Here’s 7 easy ways to prepare for a new semester – that you can and should complete right now.
How to Prepare for a New Semester
1. Purchase/rent all of your textbooks in advance
I know the last thing we want to think about right now is starting the new semester, before it even starts. However, this is one of the most beneficial things I’ve done for myself over winter break in previous years.
Beginning to read my books, take notes, and highlight keywords when I am bored over winter break saves me a ton of time when the semester starts.
Alongside getting a head start on the new semester, having your books in advance prevents any last minute struggles in the on campus bookstore, trying to get ahold of your books half an hour before class.
2. Clean out your living area
Before you leave for winter break, take the time to completely clean out your dorm room or apartment again.
Remember how nice it was to start fall semester with a completely organized and clean dorm or apartment? Make sure you get this same fresh start with spring semester!
Bonus Tip: Make sure to pack up all of your summer clothes if you live in a cold weather area. It will free up a ton of space! Plus, you can switch out most of your winter clothes back to your summer clothes over spring break.
3. Purchase new school supplies
While you’re cleaning out your living area before winter break, take note of what you have left for school supplies. Odds are you’ll have to replenish a lot of supplies, especially notebooks.
4. Create a new study schedule
Using your new class schedule and weekly events, add them all into your google calendar. Then, plan out study time every week, and stick to your plan. Try to plan two hours of study time for every hour of class time, per week.
5. Assess yourself financially
Take a look at how much money you spent first semester, then take a look at your savings. If you don’t think you’ll have enough money to make it through second semester, figure out a way to come up with some money.
I would suggest finding a part time job with flexible scheduling, to schedule around your classes and study time!
6. Consider becoming more active on campus
Use some spare time over winter break to research clubs, sports, and greek life that your campus has to offer.
After learning how to manage your time and keep your grades up first semester, now would be the perfect time to become more involved on campus and spend time building your resume.
7. Connect with your friends before moving back
Before moving back into your college town, connect with your friends to see when they’ll be moving back.
I highly recommend moving back to campus earlier than you’re originally planning. This gives you time to organize your dorm, and fully prepare yourself for the next semester.
Moving back by yourself to a mostly empty campus is very very boring. Keep in touch with your friends over break, and you can all move back to campus around the same time!
This post showed you 7 easy ways to prepare for a new semester.
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