Tips for a Great Semester

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tips for a new semesterAcross the country, students are gearing up for the start of the 2016 Spring Semester. Here at Chatfield College, classes will begin on Tuesday, January 19th.   If you or someone you know are among the many students who will be returning to class this spring, here are 3 tips that will ensure that you have a very successful and productive semester.

Go to class. Unless you’re taking online courses, the first thing you must do in order to ensure your success at the college level is go to class regularly. Since most college classes meet just once per week, missing even 1 class period can have a significant impact on a student’s grade. The more absences you accumulate over the course of a semester, the more likely you are to fall behind and/or flunk out. At some colleges, for example, a student can receive a grade no higher than a D, after a set number of absences. Professors understand that students will have situations and circumstances which will cause them to miss class from time-to-time, and that’s ok, but you should inform your professor ahead of time. Avoid being absent, unless it is absolutely necessary.

Complete and submit your assignments on time. Spend a few hours of each day studying and doing home work. The sooner you start on a project, the better the project will turn out, and you’ll be more relaxed doing it.  If you get your work done little by little, you should have no problem meeting deadlines. Missing assignments or submitting work late is the sure way to fail. Instructors understand that you have a life outside of the classroom, and will more than likely keep that in mind as they assign due dates, but it is ultimately your responsibility to turn in your work on time.  Remember this, “Time can be your best friend, or your worst enemy.”

Stay organized. Staying organized will enable you to be more productive and efficient. For example, knowing where to find important lecture notes can save you from having to spend hours on google, searching for information. Instead, you can spend that extra time on actually getting work done. Look over your syllabus weekly in order to keep track of important due dates. Never combine lecture notes, and keep lecture notes from each class separated by using a 3-5 subject notebook (if you have four classes, use a 4-subject notebook). Also, take good care of your books and manage your time wisely. Once you’ve accomplished this, things will get progressively better. Adversity will come and challenges will arise, but if you follow these 3 tips, you will have a very successful and productive semester.

Good Luck!

-Sokoni Hughes, Admissions Counselor

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