Hi, friends! School is starting soon, so I wanted to do a part 2 to last year’s post: 5 Things to do Before Classes Start, dedicated to preparing for a semester. Preparing and planning for a semester is very important to set yourself up for a successful semester, so here are five more things you should do before classes start.
Find the textbooks you need
Any experienced college student will tell you to buy your textbooks from a discount website, not under any circumstances, from the school bookstore, where they are very overpriced. First, figure out which textbooks you need. You can usually find this information on your school’s student portal (like Blackboard). Then, do your research. Compare prices for your required textbooks across different websites, like Chegg and Amazon. You can even decide to rent the book if you know you won’t need it after you finish the class. You can also ask your friends who have taken the class before if they still have the textbook and if they are willing to sell it to you.
Also, you don’t even have to buy or rent the textbook right away. Many students like to wait until after the first day of class to get their books to find out if they will truly need them. Personally, I don’t recommend this. I’d much rather have my books and send them back to Chegg if it turns out I don’t need them. (Chegg will let you send back your rented books for free within 21 days of ordering them!)
Hi, friends! It’s almost time for classes to start again! I’m both nervous and excited for this upcoming semester. For many students, the first week of school is hectic, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The best way to have a smooth first week of school is to be prepared. Doing these five things beforehand should save you lots of time, energy, and stress.
Buy basic supplies.
Buy notebooks, folders, pens, flashcards, highlighters, and anything else you think you might need. You’ll thank yourself on the first day of class when all your supplies are ready to go. Plus, shopping for school supplies is fun! (At least, it is for me.)
Hi friends! Procrastination is a big problem among college students. It’s hard to focus on schoolwork when we have things that are more fun, like TV, movies, music, books, and social media. Because of this, I decided to write a post about how to fight procrastination.
Ignore interruptions, focus
Turn your phone on airplane mode, resist the temptation to go on other websites on your computer, and turn off the music (unless it’s instrumental or you think you work better with it). Also, get yourself some water so you’re not tempted to get up during your study session. These things will help you ignore interruptions and get more done in less time!
Hi, friends! Yesterday I took my last final, and that marks the end of my junior year of college. In honor of the end of finals week, I wrote this post about ways to unwind after finals week. Congratulations on all of your hard work this past semester, and I hope this is the start of a great summer! So here are a few ways to relax after finals week.
Don’t worry about your final grade
It’s so hard to NOT worry about your final grade, especially if you don’t know how well you did on your final exam. But you need to recognize that at this point, there’s not much more you can do to change your final grade. Rather than stress out over something you can’t change, try to forget about it and focus on the amazing summer you have ahead! (Don’t be like me, who spent yesterday constantly checking Blackboard to see if my final test grade had been posted yet…)
Hi friends! Technology has completely changed the game when it comes to studying for finals. Let’s take advantage of the technology we have! Here are some digital tools that will come in handy during this crazy weeks we call finals week.
When you’re studying, it’s easy to get distracted and want to procrastinate by going on time wasting websites like Facebook or Buzzfeed. This app won’t let you get distracted by blocking these websites for a certain period of time. It’ll give you no choice but to focus on your work!
Download SelfControl for Mac here. If you’re using Windows, try StayFocusd on Google Chrome.
The Pomodoro Method helps you stay focused by having you focus on only one task for 25 minutes and take a 5 minute break. It makes sure your break length doesn’t get out of hand, but it also makes sure that you don’t go too long without a break, either.
Access an online timer here.