After not having class for a few weeks, it can be easy to fall into a routine of sleeping in, lounging around, and my favorite, being glued to Netflix for hours on end. But with the first week of classes over, so must the relaxed winter break routine. Here are 6 tips to help you get back into the swing of things:
- Invest in a planner and/or desk calendar! I am a huge fan of the homework planner and desk calendar. If you don’t own one of these already, this is one purchase I highly recommend! They not only help you to keep organized, but they also make you time conscious and keep you aware of upcoming tests, projects and papers.
- Find a new study spot. Finding a new space to study will feel like a fresh start; which is essentially what a new semester is for! If you’re accustomed to spending nights on the 2nd floor of Mugar, try out another floor, or even a totally different building (like the COM Lounge!).
- Set aside a certain amount of time for studying, doing homework, and writing papers. I will be the first to say that I am an occasional procrastinator. Reserving a set number of hours per day/week toward your class work will prevent those all-nighters in Mugar filled with coffee and Red Bull. Once you become used to doing work at these times, it will start to become routine!
- Get on Twitter! If you aren’t already a big tweeter, it’s time to start! Many professors utilize this media platform to update students on upcoming events, relevant news to their courses, and interesting facts. It is another great way to stay connected to the University and the city of Boston. Even Dean Elmore tweets!
- Familiarize yourself with your professors’ office hours. This will only be beneficial to you. I have found, from my own experiences, that when a professor can match your name to your face, you are in a better place than the rest. Displaying interest in your studies and taking the initiative to meet for extra help is always a smart move.
- Get involved in something that interests you. Many clubs and organizations are beginning to hold interest meetings for the spring semester for prospective members. Getting involved in an extracurricular activity will also help teach you how to balance your free time with schoolwork.