Welcome back! Here are some tips for a great start to the semester:Organize your notes
As mundane as it may seem, organizing your notes early will be extremely helpful in the long run. Apps such as Evernote and Notability are extremely inexpensive and allow you to access your notes across all of your devices. Staying on top of organization will make your life a lot less stressful later in the semester.
Sit in the front
I know that nobody wants to be that kid, but there are a lot of perks to braving the front row. Most importantly, when you’re up front you’re practically forced to pay attention and participate.
Join clubs related to your major
During the first weeks of the semester, clubs and organizations recruit members like crazy. Being around like-minded people who are pursuing similar things is a great way to get motivated.
Actually use office hours
Establishing good relationships with your professor is a great way to get professional contacts, internship opportunities, and recommendations. It is also a way to get one-on-one assistance and clarification of assignments.
Long study sessions may seem like the best way to learn material, but studies have shown that taking breaks actually helps the brain retain information better. Taking a 5-minute break for every 20 minutes of studying will make cramming sessions a lot more productive.
Temptation to eat unhealthy, greasy food is everywhere in college. Developing healthy eating habits is a great way to stay energized and ready for class. When you eat better, you feel better.
Utilize campus quiet spaces
Studying in room may seem like the comfiest option, but it’s often times the most distracting. Taking advantage of campus quiet spaces like the library, ensures that you’ll get your work done without the temptation of Netflix or Xbox. Or your couch. Or bed.
Manage your time wisely College is all about finding that perfect balance between socializing and studying. Figure out what works for you early on in the semester and stick to it.
Helpful apps to stay on top of your game!