New Semester? 4 Grade-Saving Necessities You Can’t Afford to Skimp On By Emma Sturgis

You don’t escape back-to-school shopping lists in college. The items you need simply scale up. Rather than shopping for glue sticks and craft paper, you’ll need planning and note taking basics, a tablet or laptop, high-speed Internet service, and an ergonomic desk and chair set. You’ll also need to know how best to implement these tools, so keep reading.

Plan And Organize

Before the semester begins, devote an area of your dorm room or apartment as a study area. You’ll need a roomy desk in a well-lit area. Make sure to use a comfortable chair that ensures good posture. Once you have your class schedule, plan a daily study time and spend it at your desk.

Throughout the semester, write down your class schedule, study sessions, each professor’s office hours, assignments, and quiz and test dates in a planner. Block out your daily study time, then as you receive assignments, divide the large block into separate smaller blocks devoted to each subject. Stick to your schedule.

Buy The Right Tools

Everyone needs the right tools for the job. Where would a plumber be without wrenches or a carpenter without a saw? Students need the right tools, too. The basics include highlighters in various colors, pens, pencils, loose-leaf paper, notebooks, and a laptop or tablet. Along with your mobile device, you’ll need reliable high-speed Internet. You can save money and take care of your entertainment needs, too, by finding a service, like Solarus, that provides high-speed Internet, television, and telephone services. Don’t forget your planner and an up-to-date smart phone with an unlimited everything plan. You’ll need it for studying on the go.

Attend All Learning Opportunities

Don’t just attend every class. Also, attend every study session your professors setup and each professor’s office hours. Simply drop by to clarify a point or ask for more information. Although they don’t usually admit it on the syllabus or in class, most professors track student effort throughout the semester. At the end of the semester, your effort can earn you the extra point required to bump you up a letter grade.

Target The Right Study Areas

Most people put more effort into things that interest them. You do have to slog through the core requirements to earn your degree though. Usually there are multiple opportunities to fulfill core requirements. For instance, a math core might offer an algebra or a geometry or a statistics class as a qualifying course. Choose the option that most interests you and will help you in your major requirements. A journalism or business major would find statistics helpful while an engineering major would need the algebra or geometry.

Pick your major according to what you love to do. If you love dance and took ballet and tap as a child, you can turn that into a profitable career. You don’t have to be a professional ballet dancer. You could choose a career in healthcare as a dance therapist.

Don’t skimp on what you really need for a successful semester. Buy the right tools and use them appropriately. Develop discipline and stick to your study schedule. Adopting the right preparation, tools and attitude in college prepares you for post-graduate success, too. Hiring managers love well prepared, disciplined, talented employees.