How to Stay on Track All Term

Do you ever feel like you’re the most ambitious at the start of the semester? You’ve got that 4.0 GPA on your mind and nothing can stop you from getting it, but then some time passes and you start waking up later, procrastinating, and drifting off in class. Don’t worry – we’re all guilty of this! If you’re ready to kick the habit, check out our tips on staying on track all semester.




Set goals.

First and foremost, you’ll need something to motivate you to stay on track! Set goals that you want to work toward – like raising your GPA – and then keep these goals in mind throughout the semester. Gotta start somewhere, right?


Keep your notes organized.

It’s hard to stay on track when your chapter 2 notes start blending with chapter 3, and those important PowerPoint bullets you jotted down are barely legible. Try this easy note-taking method for the best organization.


Keep your laptop organized.

Your notes aren’t the only thing that should be organized. Go through your laptop and toss any old documents that are just sitting and taking up space. When only the essentials are left, organize them into folders based on your classes. You can even take it a step further and separate your documents by which assignments are complete and which are still in progress.




Use a planner.

If you’ve always been the type to mentally organize your responsibilities with no problem, hear us out! You may not think you need it, but writing down assignments into a planner gives a great visual as to how many assignments and tests you have going on at once – meaning you’ll be able to prioritize tasks better!


Start assignments ahead of time.

Easier said than done, right? However, even the most dedicated procrastinator can take some small steps in the right direction. You don’t have to complete an entire project the day it’s assigned – simply just getting a small head start will give you an idea of how much time and dedication will be required to complete it. This will help you plan ahead!


Visit office hours.

If you’re really unsure about whether you’re on track, pay a visit to your professors. After all, they’re there to help you out! Check out their office hours and be sure to pop in for an appointment.


Do you have any advice we didn’t list? Share your feedback in the comments below.





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  1. Rose says:

    Schedule or take breaks. I find if I am physically active, away from the books and typing papers, I come back more focused.

  2. Mary says:

    When I feel fried, I take a break. I do something physical like bike, walk, dance, air guitar to some good music. Whatever you like, just get moving. I come back to work, more focused and ready to work.

  3. Kelly says:

    Ask classmates if they know of any helpful study/search sites for the particular course. Often your instructor or other classmates have heard of or have used certain websites that are particularly helpful. Finding out what they are early so you can utilize them from the beginning will cut down on research time. There are also helpful proof-reading sites too which are particularly helpful for getting a better grade because it may catch things that you missed. Having all of these tools will also help you be less overwhelmed which may be a motivator for staying on track or ahead.

  4. Yoyo says:

    I’m not trying to advertise but OneNote 2016 is great. Yet I suggest learning it when you have free time e.g. over the summer/winter break. a nice part is you can sign in to the online version and have your notes anywhere there is a computer. I’m going to stay using the Cornell note taking technique with it.

    • Mary says:

      I read a study and actually contacted the author about taking notes. If you hand write notes you will learn the material better than if you type them into a computer.

  5. theMessyGuy says:

    Excellent tips! Most important to also take breaks while feeling frustrated and ask for classmates/professors help if needed. Thanks

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