The sun is out and half of your friends and colleagues are out there traveling the world, meaning one thing: summer is in high gear. Summer may be the season of family vacations and play days, but it is also the best time of year to prepare yourself for a successful school year. Using a bit of your summertime to prepare for fall is a great way to get all of your ducks in a row before the fall semester begins.
A successful semester starts before the first day of school. Before the book lists are released and the syllabi are published, there is a moment of quiet and calmness in which you can organize your thoughts, your goals, and your approach to learning for the semester. If you are in a year-round graduate program, find some down time before the start of the fall term to recover from the stress of a job, school, and family all running in parallel.
Here are five ways that you can start preparing for fall, before summer comes to an end:
1) Get yourself a planner and begin thinking about how you are going to structure your time. Start tracking your to-do list, and keep all of your ideas in one place to help make your life as organized as possible.
2) Keep in mind that for every credit hour of coursework you sign-up for, you are expected to spend an appropriate amount of time reading, studying, and preparing for your class. Set up your planner with designated time both for your actual class, and for your studying time.
3) Get the supplies that are going to work best for you. Don’t buy countless notebooks, pens, and planners if they won’t help you organize. Purchase items that’ll maximize your productivity. Consider what helps you be most successful, and invest in yourself.
4) Create partnerships that will motivate you. Talk to your friends and family about what your goals are for the semester, and make plans to support each other ahead of time. Don’t wait until the stress of the semester sets in to reach out for support. Plan ahead to work together, and this will help you to stay a step ahead of the challenges that may be in front of you this year.
5) Take this free-time to read ahead and prepare for the work that is in front of you. Taking on supplemental reading assignments before the semester starts can help you stay a step ahead as you focus on coursework during the semester.
Use the summer time wisely by getting yourself mentally prepared for the semester ahead of you. Following these helpful tips can help you have your best semester yet as you work towards earning your online graduate degree with Georgia College.