School holidays are very nice and enjoyable especially in this winter time, but you know it will never last forever, enjoy your holidays while at the same prepare for the second semester. If you know that you didn’t do well in first semester this is your second chance. You should not go back to school with the wisdom and mistakes of first semester, rather recognize that the start of the second semester of school is another new beginning for you. You need to prepare for the reality of the second semester by planning a few goals before you return to school. Here are a few suggestions for you:
Recognize this as a new beginning
Remind yourself that the new semester marks a fresh start for you. You will have new classes and new lectures. If your first semester was a success, you can be satisfied that he has found some successful strategies. You’ll want to continue to stay focused. If your first semester was not as successful as he had hoped, you now have a chance to make some changes with a clean slate.
Take advantage of confidence gained
Everything was new at the beginning of first semester. You may have felt overwhelmed. Now, you have some confidence in your ability to make friends if you are on first year, to navigate this new college community, to get to class, to talk to lectures, to do what you need to do to succeed. Remind yourself that you can capitalize on this confidence as you return to school knowing your way around.
Learn from fall semester
Your student learned a lot during fall semester – both about college life and about himself. Remind him to review the lessons that he learned and to use that information for a successful second semester. Did his approach to studying work? Does he need to ask for more help this semester? Should he think more carefully about social choices? Was he too involved on campus or not involved enough? Some reflection will help him approach this semester with helpful lessons learned.
Know how to take a test
Take the notes and make a study guide, look in the textbook and put all important ideas and details in your notes and review the study guide, go over it until you feel like you know the material well. Make someone test you on the study guide, you can also try to sing the question and answer or whatever else you like to do. Use memory tricks. If you think you’ve got the material down, try to do some synthesis with what you know, like writing an essay.
Keep track of your grades
You won’t get a high score if you don’t aim for one. Some schools have an online place where you can check your grades whenever you want. Utilize this and make sure that you have a username and password from your teacher. If not, ask your teacher for your grade. You can average it yourself if you’re desperate, or you can wait until the next progress report.
This is a good time to get involved on campus
You may have been cautious about getting involved in too many activities during your first semester. Many students are concerned about having enough time for studying – or they are spending a great deal of time working at jobs. Second semester is a good time to try to get more involved on campus. Being involved in campus life often helps students academically. Being engaged in the college community will help you continue to make connections and feel more satisfied with your experiences.
Think about, and talk about, goals for the semester
New Year’s resolutions may be overrated, although many people find it helpful to think about the year ahead. Whether or not they are as formal as resolutions, you should think about your plans and goals for the next four months. What do you hope to change? What do you hope to achieve? What will be required of you to accomplish these goals? Putting some of your goals into words – and possibly putting them on paper – will make them more real, and will serve as a reminder as the semester progresses. Thinking about what will be required to reach those goals will give you a plan of action.