How to Start A New Semester Right

One semester down, one more to go – for this school year year, anyway! Are you ready to go back to school after 3 or 4 weeks of vacation? It can be difficult getting back into the swing of things, but with these tips and tricks, you’re sure to start second semester off on the right foot!

How to Start a New Semester Right

1. Buy yourself a planner

You might be thinking to yourself, “When is this chick gonna stop telling me to buy a planner?” Well, my friend, the answer is never. A planner is a fantastic way to plan your day and write down all of the assignments you’ll receive in class. And yes, you’ll need one at the start of second semester because contrary to popular belief, you will have assignments during syllabus week.

My favorite planners: Kate Spade // Sugar Paper (only $10!) // Rifle Paper Co.

2. Get all your school supplies together

Excuse the slight nerd in me, but I have loved to organize my school supplies ever since I was in elementary school. I was (and still am!) the girl who had coordinating folders and notebooks with a pencil case to match. Sure, some of that was due to aesthetic reasons, but that way I always knew which folder/notebook set went with a certain class. Black glitter went to accounting, floral print went to retail merchandising…you get the idea.

If you don’t feel like color coordinating your supplies, at least label each one with which class it corresponds with. It’ll save you a lot of time in the morning when you don’t have to look through each notebook trying to figure out which one you need for that day.

3. Set academic goals

Setting academic goals is a great way to start the new semester off on the right foot! Perhaps you skipped a few too many classes last semester and you want to have a better attendance record this time around, or you could set a goal to get on the deans list!

Make sure you write it down, tell a friend, or something else that gives you some accountability. Now that people know about it, you have to do it.

For more information on goal setting, check out my guide to making resolutions.

4. Go to class!

I’m not your mother, and I can’t make you go to your classes, but I can and will strongly suggest you do. Going to class is especially important during the first week because you’ll learn all about the class, the professor, and all of their policies. What if one professor has a super strict attendance policy and you already lost some points by not attending the first class? Yikes, that wouldn’t be good!

Plus, going to class during the first week sets a really good habit of going to class every day you have it!

5. Turn off Netflix

This goes for Hulu, HBO Go, and whatever else you use to stream your favorite movies and TV shows! The first week of school, whether it be the fall or spring semester, is your chance to meet new people and try new things! So keep your dorm room open and talk to people you didn’t see when you were gone for break or meet new people around campus! The first week of a semester has the most time for social events, so make sure you take advantage of it!

I wish you the best of luck with this semester! Have fun and study hard! For the rest of my posts on college, head over here!

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4 Replies to “How to Start A New Semester Right”

  1. These are so great!! I’m going back for my next semester in a couple of weeks and I’m excited to use these tips.
    xoxo, Jamie

    1. Thanks Jamie! I hope you have a great semester!

  2. love this post. I live by my planner and probably would not get anything done if I didnt have it. Wishing you the best of luck in your next semester! x,kenz http://sincerelykenz.com

    1. Thanks Kenz! I live by my planner too – literally everything gets written in it! Have an awesome second semester 🙂

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