Want to be prepared and ahead of the game for this upcoming semester? Here’s a list of things you should do before your semester starts. It will put your mind at ease, and give you a smooth start to the year.
Make sure you have all your classes and financial aid settled.
This means that you should be aware of what financial aid you will be receiving, when it will be disbursed, and what amount, if any, will be your responsibility to pay once your aid comes through. Also, financial aid is subject to change according to the amount of classes that are taken every semester. You should also have your classes scheduled in a manner that is feasible and as convenient to your needs as possible. Be aware that class schedule may change the first week of the semester.
Find out where your classes are.
Being lost and rushed are two things that you do not want to be the first day of the new semester. Avoid the confusion by coming to campus the week before classes start, locating your classes and running through your schedule. This way, you are already oriented and have a good sense of how long it will take you to get around campus between your classes and other activities.
Plan out a general, but flexible, weekly schedule.
A good schedule is the key to success in a hectic college environment. Before the semester starts, sit down and take the time to plan out a general weekly schedule. Not only does scheduling help to put you in the right frame of mind, but it also will help keep you organized and make it easier to stay on track and make adjustments when necessary. When you are constructing your schedule, be sure to include class time, study time, extracurricular time, and exercise and down time.
Email your professors to ask if they will send you the syllabus ahead of time.
Having your syllabus ahead of time could work to your advantage. Knowing what your class’s assignment schedule will help you plan and make the appropriate time for big assignments. You will also be able to talk to your professor and make arrangements to get material ahead of time if you know ahead of time if and when you will be missing class.
Have your materials ready.
These are some basic supplies that you are likely to need:
- Back-pack/rolling bag
Having a notebook or folder for each class will help keep your materials together and organized. You are less likely to lose your notes and handouts, can find everything when it comes to study time, and have less mess to clean up.
Plan your commute.
Your commute is one of the most important parts of your semester. The week before the semester starts, run through your schedule, and work your commute into the mix. Timing is everything, whether you use public or private transport. Try different routes and take traffic patterns and possible accidents into account when mapping out your trip. This way, you are prepared for the road and will have less stress when it comes to getting to campus on time.
Check out book rental options.
Renting your books is a simple, smart option. Renting books is more affordable, and you will have less clutter at the end of the semester once you return them. E-books are also a viable option if you have a tablet that you use for school work. If you do choose to purchase your books, and you buy them from an online source, be sure to order them at least two weeks before the semester starts, to allow time for shipping.