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College Survival Guide: 5 Back to School Tips

As summer comes to an end and the new school year at SUNY Oswego begins, it can be a struggle to get back into the swing of things, especially for college students. It’s difficult for students to transition from endless summer fun to the constant stressful stream of assignments, projects, and exams.

However, we can make this shift easy for students by planning ahead and developing strategies to stay motivated this semester.

Here are five helpful tips that will help you strive for excellence this fall!

1. Develop a routine

In order to navigate this new semester, creating a daily routine will stir you in the right direction and will assist you in tackling your assignments throughout the day.

Here are four simple tips to enhance your day-to-day routine:

  • Set a specific time to perform your morning rituals such as waking up, getting dressed, and eating breakfast

  • Follow your class schedule

  • Plan time in the evening to study and work on assignments

  • Set a designated time to go to sleep to get plenty of rest

2. Stay ahead of schedule

At times, college can be overwhelming for students, but it doesn’t have to be unbearably stressful as long as you plan ahead and stay on top of your work.

From one student to another, it’s crucial to establish healthy study habits right at the beginning of your semester, such as starting assignments ahead of time and preparing for an exam more than a week before test time.

This tactic will help reduce your stress levels, eliminate cramming for exams, and will help you feel more fulfilled with your college experience.

3. Create a to-do list

In order to stay organized and up-to-date with your assignments, it’s essential to be goal-oriented. One simple way to set goals would be to create a comprehensive to-do list, especially at the beginning of the semester.

Some tasks on your to-do list can include:

  • Assignments

  • Upcoming exams

  • Chores

  • Study sessions

This organized list can be used to help you accomplish your goals for a specific time frame. Additionally, these lists can help keep track of deadlines.

4. Maintain your health

Now more than ever, it’s important to stay healthy throughout the semester to fight off illnesses and keep others in the community safe.

Here are a few ways to maintain your health throughout the semester:

  • Establish an exercise routine

  • Create a well-balanced and healthy diet

  • Cope with stress

  • Be hygienic

  • Get plenty of rest

  • Stay hydrated

5. Stay engaged

In order to be present and active in your classes, it’s imperative to participate frequently by asking questions, collaborating with other students, and staying engaged during class discussions.

Moreover, staying engaged will help you with the learning process and can spark new innovative ideas. As a result, being an active participant in the classroom can also help you gain new knowledge and help foster positive relationships with other students and professors.

Summary of College Survival Guide: 5 Back to School Tips

In order to excel this semester, it is important to plan and stick with strategies that will help you succeed.

Some strategies include:

  • Developing a routine

  • Staying ahead of schedule

  • Creating a to-do list

  • Maintaining your health

  • Staying engaged

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