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.
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.