Happy New Year!
Spring I session will begin next Monday. Today, we would like to share 5 academic tips from our student worker who’s been studying as a college student for a couple years now.
These tips will be definitely helpful for the Intensive English Program students as well. Take a look now!
Being productive during the entire semester can be a very challenging thing to do. I, personally, have a lot of momentum during the first month of the semester, then my energy and motivation die down after midterms. After 3+ years of going to college, I have found a few things that have helped me through each semester. I hope these tips can help you as well.
Make a spreadsheet of all due date
One thing I struggle the most with is keeping track of due dates. Something that helped me with this problem was gathering the due dates from all of my syllabus and organizing them into a spreadsheet. I organize the assignments by due dates and check them off as I complete them.
Have designated rest days
Self-care is truly the best care. After spending days and hours studying, make sure to set at least one day a week to take a break from school. I personally, like to have all my assignments completed by Friday night. That way, I have all weekend to relax and wind now. Spend time with family and friends, sleep in, take a 3 hours nap if you want. Just make sure to have a day to keep your mind off of anything that may cause stress.
The Pomodoro Method
The Pomodoro Method is a technique that alternates work sessions with frequent short breaks. This technique helps to promote concentration and prevents mental fatigue. Basically, set a timer for 25 minutes and work on the task until the time is up. Take a 5-minute break, then once the break is done, continue working on the same task for another 25 minutes. After 4 pomodoros, take a 15-30 minute break and repeat these steps as much as needed.
Communication is always key. It is also a good idea to connect with your professor and instructors and build a good relationship with them. Ask them about how to be successful in the class, communicate with them regarding assignments, due dates, unclear instructions, make-up assignments, or even extensions. Instructors want you to succeed and are willing to help however they can.
Ask for help!
Use your resources and don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed. There are many resources available for students. This includes academic advisors, tutoring centers, writing centers, and the library. Oftentimes, these resources aren’t being utilized by the majority of students.
How was it? I think these are great tips for everyone! Good luck with your Spring session/semester.