So, it’s that time of year again: the start of semester. It only comes around three times a year and only two times for some. It’s a time filled with (for myself, at least) equal parts of trepidation and excitement.
New classes. New subjects. New assessment.
This is how we feel most of the time at the beginning of semester:
‘I’m ready for the classes, the subjects and most importantly, the assessment. I got this.’
For some of us, this is approximately three weeks in:
‘Yes, I know the answer to that. I’m keeping up with all of the assessment and study! Wooo! Go me!’
Midway through semester:
‘I kind of just want it to be over. Is it holidays yet? I should be studying, but I really don’t have the motivation’.
End of semester:
Needless to say, assignments and study can take their toll, so it is best to start early to gain some momentum for those last few weeks of study before the final exams!
It can be hard to get motivated at the beginning of semester when exams and assessment pieces seem so far away… So here are some tips to stay motivated at the start of semester that I’ve picked up during my three years of study.
Normally, I will try and write all the assessment due dates on the first pages of my note books for each particular subject. This way, they are easily accessible and I will know exactly how much I need to get done and when. Due to this, these assessment pieces are never far from my mind.
I also enjoy having a thorough understanding of each subject’s content by the end of week 1. I don’t mean knowing all of the content, I mean knowing what the content is. This means that I have a very good idea of how much study I need to complete during semester, as well as how long the assessment pieces are likely to take me. Some assessment pieces will take a bit longer than others, of course, so these are normally started a tiny bit earlier if they are due at the same time as others.
It’s also about peace of mind as well. I don’t ever have any assignments pop out of nowhere with three days to go before they are due, or 25 psychology articles on DiReCt (the course readings) that I haven’t had a chance to look at with only two days before the end of semester exam…
Writing down a general idea of your responsibilities and other activities throughout the semester is a good idea (I personally love the massive calendar we get mailed at the start of every year).
These may include things such as sporting commitments, work or… music festivals!
Because I knew I would be away for the first week of classes, I utilised my organisation skills and adjusted my schedule so that I could fit in these amazing three days full of music, friends and food and still feel confident about the semester ahead!
Hopefully these tips will help you feel equally as confident about tackling the new semester!