It’s getting closer and closer to that time! School is starting again! Over winter break I always get so bored just sitting at home. It’s nice having downtime, but you can only watch so many episodes of Project Runway people! When the week before classes comes around, I shift gears into work mode. I start cleaning, organizing, and doing everything I can to start my semester off successfully.
See What School Supplies You Still Need
After a semester ends, I always forget to buy new school supplies! I usually reuse any folders I have, but if they’re too torn up or unusable, I toss them. Pens, pencils, paper, and whatever textbooks I need are the first thing I search out since nearly every class needs one or all of those things. Everything else I usually wait a few days for to see what the professor wants me to buy or purchase for the class.
Print Off Your Syllabus
Some professors are nice and will have the syllabus ready and printed off for you in class…at least, when I was a freshman that is. Professors seem to be really picky about printing things out for my classes and make the students print everything off. Just to be safe, I suggest printing out your syllabi for every class, and hey, if your professor gives you one in class, then you’ll just have an extra one!
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Locate Your Classes
Whenever I get a new class schedule, I like to look at my schedule and see where I’m going each day and plan the route. Depending on when I get to campus, I walk the route to each of my classes. I don’t live on campus, but I do live close enough to where I can just walk to class and not have to drive. Walking takes time, and I really have to plan my time accordingly if my classes are in faraway buildings or close together in time. This semester, I have four classes back to back to back to back on Wednesdays. Not looking forward to that. Luckily, however, all the buildings are close together so my walk should be too bad!
Walking to classes in the cold? Read my article 5 Tips To Surviving The Chilly Walk To Class.
Make A Color Code System
Color coding my notebooks, classes, and my planner is something I always do before classes start. Seeing a certain color on my notebooks that I know is associated to a particular class makes things a little easier for my brain, and I don’t have to go through every notebook to find the one I want. I usually add a little color to the tops of my notebooks so it’s easy to see when I’m looking in my bag. I also color code my planner entries so I know what’s due for each class without writing everything in black. I write all my sorority events in red, so I know when I see a red entry, it’s for Alpha Chi Omega! If it’s blue, it’s a science class, pink for journalism, and so on! It just makes it a little easier to find things.
Memorize Your Schedule
Every semester I spend so much time memorizing my schedule and figuring out where I need to go and when. When a semester ends, I basically have to wipe my memory and start over again. I make a point to print off my class schedule and keep it in a folder or binder. I make notes of building names and room numbers, and I’ll take a picture of it on my phone!
Get Your Room Organized
Clean up time! My room is a complete wreck after finals week. I have old papers and tests shoved into drawers, I can’t find certain clothes I want to wear. I just can’t get anything done in my mess. Start hauling all the papers you don’t need for next semester into recycling and just clean everything! Wipe down surfaces, organize your closet. You may never get this time again! My room always looks so neat at the beginning of the semester, but by the end, it’s a disaster once more.
Want to start your overall semester off right? Read my article How To Start Your College Semester Off Right.
Make A Tentative Schedule For The Semester
If you have all your syllabi and class information before classes begin, get started on this! I like to write down every single thing I have going on that semester in my planner or in an electronic calendar depending on my classes and things I’m doing. I like making a rough schedule of all my assignments and activities going on so I can plan my time accordingly and accurately for the semester. College students have very minimal time, so use it wisely!
What do you do to get ready for classes the week before? Let me know in the comments!