Tips for a Successful Semester

August 19, 2014 | More Tips


With the Fall semester quickly approaching, now’s the time to get ready for success. Exam and term papers may seem far off but the sooner you start preparing, the better you’ll do, and the less likely you’ll be stressed and cramming at the last minute. So prepare early and often, starting with these seven tips for a successful semester.

The 7 Successful Semester Tips

  1.  Read Ahead. Try to stay at least one chapter ahead of the class. This’ll give you a strong foundation to build on as your professor teaches the subject. This foundation of knowledge will also allow you to ask more intelligent questions and get the most out of class time. But before reading the book, you should read the class syllabus to ensure you don’t spend time on sections that aren’t part of the course.
  2. Take detailed notes and review them after class. Taking notes not only keeps you more engaged with the class lecture, but it gives you a better starting point to study from. While taking notes, you may miss parts or need more clarification. Mark where you missed information or have a question. Then, after class while the lecture’s still fresh, go through your notes with your book and fill-in what you missed. If you need help beyond the book, ask your professor.
  3. Stay organized. Keep all of your notes and study materials in an orderly fashion, separated by class. This’ll help you spend more time studying and less time sorting through clutter. Just as important as organizing your notes, you need to organize your time. Mark all of your test dates on your calendar, as well as the dates you’ll study. By scheduling your study dates ahead of time, you’ll avoid midnight cram sessions right before the test.
  4. Visit Broward College’s Academic Success Centers (Formerly LRC). There are five Academic Success Centers, located on the A. Hugh Addams Central Campus, Judson A. Samuels South Campus, North Campus, Willis Holcombe Center in Downtown Fort Lauderdale and the Pines Center, respectively. The Centers provide learning resources, computers, various academic labs, course specific materials and help from experienced, qualified tutors.
  5. Get plenty of sleep. You already know how important it is to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night. It’s even more important to get a good night’s sleep before taking a test. By studying during the day and beginning to study well before your test, you’ll have time to get the rest your mind needs to function at its best.
  6. Exercise and eat right. In addition to getting enough rest – exercise and nutrition are necessary for peak mental performance. By working out 30 minutes a day, you can boost your energy, improve your mood and relieve stress. To further boost these benefits and maintain your workout and sleep regiment, it’s important to eat healthy and stay hydrated. For ideas check out our Pinterest board on Quick & Healthy Meals for Student’s on the Go.
  7. Take frequent breaks. Studying can be mentally grueling. Take periodic breaks to keep your mind fresh and focused. It may help to follow a 50/10 strategy, where you work on one thing for 50 minutes, then take a 10-minute break.

Following these seven study tips will not only lead to a successful semester, but it can help you develop good habits for your future career. For more study tips, visit us on Pinterest.

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