Is it already time for students to start thinking about how to hit the ground running?! How you handle yourself over the first weeks of the semester sets the tone for the rest of the year, which can impact the rest of your academic career and beyond. To help you out, here are five quick tips for making the most out of the first week of school:
- Schedule All Important Deadlines
Whether you’re a high school senior or a college student, it’s important to plan out the most important dates for the year and put them down on a schedule. If you’re a high school senior, for example, you’ll want to know when college application deadlines are, when you need to take the SATs, and when you’ll want to start considering campus visits. If you’re already in college, take a look at your class syllabus and write down the dates of any tests or when important papers are due.
- Seek Out Your Resources
In the first week of school, it’s important to find out what resources are available to you and network a little bit so that you’ll be good to go when you do need a bit of help. This includes tutors, guidance counselors, teachers, your peers, and even just getting fully acquainted with the school's library. If the school year is going to be a huge challenge, then there’s no reason you need to take on the entire burden all by yourself. Ask for help.
- Pay Close Attention in Class
You want to pay particularly close attention in the first week of class, and even flip ahead to see what you’ll be studying a couple of months down the line. If you’re in over your head in a particular class or way overqualified, now is the time to figure it out. If necessary, speak to your counselor or advisor and discuss a workload that makes more sense for you.
- Buy All Your Supplies
There’s nothing worse than finding out you need something when you actually need it. Go out and buy everything you’ll need for the semester:
- Books for all your classes.
- Notebooks, pens, and loose leaf.
- Printer ink, if necessary.
- Stapler, staples, scissors, tape.
- Paper clips.
- Index cards for notes and studying.
- Calculator, if necessary.
If it’s your first week of college, you’ll need plenty of additional supplies to live on your own for the first time.
- Start Taking Notes
From your very first class, start taking diligent notes. Once you have the habit and a good system in place, it’ll be second nature for the rest of the year. Taking notes also keeps you actively engaged in the classroom discussions, which helps you internalize and learn the material in the first place.
Once you have the first week of school figured out, you need to pay attention to your finances, too! Reach out to us here at St. Mary’s Credit Union to discuss our Gateway Checking account, a checking account specifically designed for students and young adults.
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