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5 Tips to Get a Fresh Start This Semester

5 Tips to Get a Fresh Start This Semester

The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time, and feels like a fresh new beginning.  Even if you didn’t do as well as you had hoped during the first semester, the start of the second semester can serve the same purpose. As you head back to school, use these tips to revamp your study habits. You can finish the year successfully, and learn valuable skills that will carry you through the rest of high school and into college.

Get support. When times are tough, who helps you out? Identify the people you can trust, such as a special instructor, guidance counselor, or peers who will lend you their notes when you’re absent. It’s important to know who these people are, and feel comfortable asking for help.

Get organized. The break between semesters is the perfect chance to clear out clutter. Empty your backpack, clean your locker, and download a personal planning app if you don’t already have one.

Plan ahead. If your teachers give a class syllabus for the semester, record all due dates in your planner. Don’t forget to record start dates, too. You need a reminder to start working on big papers or projects well in advance of their due dates.

Make room for extracurricular activities and exercise. The weather will be a bit cool for a while yet, and we tend to stay indoors reading and streaming Netflix all day. But because exercise and social engagement actually boost brain activity, remember to make time for some fun.

Set goals for yourself. Finishing the semester with straight As is a great idea, but it’s hard to work toward a finish line that is four or five months away. Set smaller goals in shorter intervals, such as completing all assigned readings or earning an A on every paper. Each time you reach one of your benchmarks, you will feel rewarded and inspired to keep working hard.

As always, if you need help with or advice on college applications, give us a call. We specialize in helping high school students succeed at identifying their college choices and sailing through the admissions process.