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Hey college students - tips for a successful fall semester!

Updated: Jun 9, 2022

Getting into a new routine can be overwhelming. There is a lot to do in a week, from buying course materials to getting yourself organized and doing all your homework. Here are some tips to help college students prepare for a successful fall semester!

Check out these college student success tips in no particular order.

  • Review the syllabus - yes, that's right, actually read it over! A syllabus shows you what to expect during the class. There is some good info in the syllabus. Take note of required course materials, office hours, class dates/times, course assignments and test due dates, and the dates of final and midterm exams.

  • Attend class - I know this one is basic - but you have to show up for class. Don't just show up physically. You need to be present. Make time for a morning routine, so you are ready physically and mentally for class. Don't just roll out of bed and go to class in your PJs (unless it's pajama day). Show up for yourself - your future self will thank you.

  • Schedule - Use your digital or paper schedule to organize everything, including class times/dates/location. Grab your copy of the future teacher planner, schedule time for organization and clubs, and self-care! Give yourself time so you can reinvest in yourself for the week. There is no such thing as balance - it is a unicorn. Make sure your day has elements for academics and learning and time for relationships. Some days you may have more work to do than others, but strive for a little bit of both on each day.

  • Get to know your professors and peers - As a professor, we are here to help you. We want to see you succeed in class, so please ask questions. If you are struggling with a topic or an idea, just ask! Bottom line - we are here to help you.

  • Study spot - Find a spot on campus that is great for you to study. Some people enjoy a coffee shop. Others enjoy the quiet of a library. Find a spot that works for you to get your work done!

  • Career services - Get to know your career services department and start to work on your resume/cover letter. It is never too early to get started on refining your professional resume. Career services can also help you find a summer internship - you never know where a conversation can lead!

  • Campus resources - There are so many resources on campus to help support you - find services that will help you! Some examples could be the writing center, tutoring services, meeting with your college advisors, counseling services, and disability services, to name a few.

  • Missing home - feeling homesick is completely normal! It is OK to miss being at home with family or missing your friends from your hometown. That is why it is essential to review your schedule and see where you are making time for relationships (both new and old). Make time to call or send a text to family and friends. Keep in touch and keep the line open.

  • Get enough sleep! I know it might be a badge of honor to pull an all-nighter, but friends, it is crucial to get enough sleep. Strive for 7-8 hours a night. Set your alarm, get up in enough time for your morning routine, turn off notifications on your phone, and get quality sleep.

What tips do you have for a successful fall semester? Please share them below or post them on Instagram/Twitter using #edumagic. The more tips, the merrier!

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