5 Ways to Start This Semester Right
In the spirit of new years resolutions, we’ve compiled a list of things you can do to start your academic year on the right foot.
1. Plan and set goals.
Buy a diary, calendar or some butchers paper for your bedroom wall – whatever it is, make sure you know when your assignments are due and try to start early. Maybe this year you won’t be madly writing the night before!
2. Attend your classes, participate and take notes.
You’re likely to achieve higher grades if you engage with your topics. While it may be tempting to sleep in rather than attend that 9am tutorial, try to prepare beforehand, go and ask questions or answer questions.
3. Make a new friend (or more than one).
Surveys also show us that you’re more likely to stay enrolled, achieve higher grades and enjoy university more if you have friends in your degree. So turn to the person next to you in your tute and introduce yourself. They may also come in handy if you need to do group assignments or you have to skip a class and need their notes.
4. Try something new.
Revitalise yourself with a new hobby or experience. There are a bunch of clubs and sporting options at Flinders, or you can seek out an internship or work experience with the Careers and Employer Liaison Centre. Otherwise, venture out into the big, wide world and find something that will make you challenge and inspire you to be better.
5. Focus on finding a balance.
Life changes from year to year. Subjects get harder, work pressures shift, health fluctuates… Now’s a great time to figure out how to rediscover that perfect balance between study, work, social, fitness and health after a long, summer break.