Mid-Semester Checklist

By , February 28, 2012 8:15 am

It is a good idea to take some time mid-semester to reflect on your semester so far. These reflections can help you catch problems before it’s too late to fix them. It also helps you stay on top of things so the end of the semester isn’t such a hectic time! The last thing you want to have happen once the weather gets really nice is to be stuck inside because you put everything off until the last minute!

  1. Attendance: are you going to class? Many professors have strict attendance policies that can directly affect your grade if you miss class too many times. Besides that, many professors will give you everything you need to be successful on their exams…but that’s only if you’re in class to hear it!
  2. Grades: what are they? Keeping up to date on your grades can mean the difference between an entire letter grade! If you know you’re close to the edge of any grade, that can be a huge motivation to study a little extra for those midterms coming up, or to do that extra-credit assignment you’ve been putting off all semester. Just being aware of where you stand can make a huge difference in how you approach the class…and you might not even realize it.
  3. Assignments: are you finishing them? Even if your professor doesn’t assign grades for them, their purpose is the help you succeed. Why not take the time to do them now? This will likely end up saving you time when you start preparing for the exam!
  4. Academic Resources: are you using them? There are multiple resources on campus with a specific goal of your academic success. Supplemental Instruction, Math and Science Resource Center, Foreign Language Resource Center, and the Writing Center are all options to give you additional support. You can also check out the tutoring services page for more information.
  5. Office Hours: do you know when they are? Have you been to see your professor outside of class? Even if you don’t need help, professors love the chance to say hi to their students. Getting to know your professors can be a huge advantage to you- especially when you might need a reference or help with a research project in the future.  
  6. Health: take care of yourself! The worst thing that could possibly happen that dreaded week you have tests in every class is to get sick. Eating right- and on a regular schedule, exercising and keeping your body in shape, and getting adequate sleep each night can fight off any infection you might come into contact with. Plus you’ll feel better, and you’ll be able to focus to get everything done you need to! Swinney Recreation Center, the MindBody Connection, and Student Health and Wellness are all on-campus resources to help stay healthy.

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