5 Tips for a Productive Semester

It’s that time of year, friends! The beginning of the new semester is here (or will be very shortly depending on the school you go to), and it’s time to finally get back to the daily grind. I feel like at the beginning of every semester, I promise myself I’m going to be really productive. Truth is, that doesn’t always happen. I usually start off on a good note, but after a few weeks all my productivity fades.

This semester is going to be different, though. I bought myself a super detailed planner (we’re talkin’ hourly layout, here) and I’m made a lot of goals in hope of doing the best I can! So without further ado, here are 5 ways you can work towards a more productive semester!

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Use a planner

The first tip is also the most obvious. It’s so much easier to remember due dates and important events if you have them written down somewhere. Some people like to use e-calendars or reminder apps, but I prefer a hard cover agenda. I currently use The Purposeful Planner, but there are a ton of other options!

Do all required readings before class

If you read everything before class, then you will be fully prepared for any sort of discussion that may happen. You will better grasp the material because you were already exposed to it, and you could impress your professor by answering questions with the information you read. Professors love when their students know the material!

Write your notes as opposed to typing them

Last semester I used my laptop for all my notes. Boy, did that backfire on me! It was so easy to get distracted by social media, my blog, or a whole myriad of other things. I decided that this semester I’m not going to give myself that chance. By writing my notes in a notebook, I eliminate the distraction of technology. It is also proven that physically writing things down helps you to remember them, so that’s very helpful when it comes to studying for tests!

Eat breakfast

I am a firm believer in breakfast! Not only is breakfast food the best kind of food (bacon and eggs, anyone?), but it also helps your brain get going in the morning! You’ll also be less hungry throughout the day, which can help with your health in general. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone!*

*No birds were harmed in the writing of this post

Don’t do your homework in your bedroom

Let’s face it: your bedroom is filled with distractions. You have your bed (perfect for napping on), probably a TV, and a ton of other things that can grab your attention. Find a place on campus or in town where you can concentrate. It could even be the living room in your apartment! As long as you separate yourself from your personal, relaxing space, you should have a more productive semester!

Anyway, these are my tips to having a more productive semester! To all of you who already graduated, do you have any super awesome tips to share? Let me know in the comments!

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26 Replies to “5 Tips for a Productive Semester”

  1. I’m a firm believer in hand-writing notes! I think it helps so much. When I was in college, I wrote my notes by hand and then typed them up. Going through them a second time really helped with memorization and understanding it all!

    1. I do the same thing!

  2. These are awesome tips for a college student! Passing onto my sister!

    1. Thank you Summer!

  3. I start classes again next Tuesday and I’m SO not looking forward to it! Thanks for sharing these tips!

    1. Good luck Ashley!

  4. Planners keep me sane, I swear they are SO important!

    1. They are very important!

  5. I’m allll about writing notes! I find that when I type sometimes my mind wanders and I forget what I was even trying to say

    1. Same here Amanda!

    2. So true Amanda!

  6. I try to never study on my bed. I always get too comfy and fall asleep haha.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlifeblog.com

  7. All of these tips are so true! Definitely helps to write notes instead of type! Took me a semester to realize but it helped once I did.

  8. I start grad school again on Monday and I’m not sure that I’m ready haha. Loved all of your tips, girl.

  9. 100% agree with all of these! I was a master of productivity in college and this was all apart of my routine

  10. Oh girl I am so glad that I am done with all my education! Once I finished my Master’s I was like, BYE SCHOOL!

  11. I really find writing is far more effective then typing, first I never like notes on a computer and writing helps your retina information! I also love love love my planner!

    1. Same here Sydney!

  12. These are such great tips and definitely things I wish I knew when I started college/before I graduated haha! I love and agree with all of this!

  13. Wish I had this list put together when I was in college! haha so good.

    xo // http://www.thematerialgirl.co

    1. Haha thanks Macarena!

  14. The “doing homework in bed” I am soooo guilty of! It was such a bad habit to have in college and I wish I had broken it then because now I find myself working in bed all the time haha.

    xoxo, Hannah

    1. If only beds weren’t so comfortable! Thanks for reading,Hannah!

  15. These are all great tips! I always used my planner when I was in school and it was so helpful!

    The Blush Blonde

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