College Labor Day Plans
After the whirlwind of the first two weeks of class, we’re sure you’re looking forward to the Labor Day weekend. While you enjoy the long holiday, it’s also a perfect time to assess where you are in the semester and put plans in place to stay on track. Here are some of the things you can use the short break to do:
Review Your Goals
Remember: your education is not just about your grades, it’s also about learning all you can about your future career. Make a list of short-term and long term objectives you want to meet. You can establish goals like going to every class, completing your assignments ahead of schedule and acing your tests.
Use the Opportunity to Review Your Notes
Use the break to carefully go through your notes. Write out abbreviated words or rewrite notes that are incomplete. In fact, taking the time to rewrite notes is a good studying technique as it can help you retain information. As you review, make a note of anything you don’t understand and add a reminder to ask your professor or someone at the Academic Success Center for clarification.
Catch Up On Some Reading
Did you know that leisurely reading improves your reasoning and analytical abilities? It also helps with your writing skills. It doesn’t even have to be a book – grab a magazine or read an interesting blog.
Now is the time to make a to-do list and study plan. By now you know when papers are due and when exams will begin. Write down upcoming deadlines. When the list is complete, then it’s time to brainstorm ideas on how to approach those assignments.
Research Your Professors
If you haven’t gotten the chance to do this, check out your professors’ bios on the Broward College website or look up their LinkedIn accounts. Find out something about their work or specific area of interest. Learning about your professors also helps you to better understand their expectations for assignments.
Find a Mentor
Seek out someone you admire and ask to shadow a day in their life. This could be a professor or someone outside the College. If you haven’t identified anyone, use this holiday break as an opportunity to do some research or contact the Career Center for advice.
Most of all enjoy the mental break, relax and ready yourself for the rest of the semester. It’s a long haul between now and your next break, Thanksgiving!