Monday, January 9, 2012

Spring semester -- 3 tips for getting started

Whether you are returning to school after winter break or beginning a new program (and thus starting your first class), here are a few tips to help you get off to a good start:

1. Do you have a good work space? If you will be doing your school work at home, do you have a quiet place to work? If so, have you reduced the clutter? And can you leave your school materials there? Ideally, you have a dedicated work space, so that you can leave papers or books there and ready for you to pick up where you left off in a previous work session.

2. Have you asked for help? If you have a partner or kids, ask them to take on one of your household responsibilities to lighten your load and help you make room for school.

3. Do you have a good study buddy? I'm not talking about someone who will quiz you on the work, but rather, someone in your program or perhaps a friend who is also doing graduate work, with whom you can vent when things get stressful, problem-solve when you get stuck, and recognize even the small accomplishments? If you don't have someone like this in your life, look around your first classes and see if there is anyone you think you might connect with and if so, get to know that person.

Long-time readers -- any other ideas for starting the semester successfully?

Cheering you on,

Photo by HLS

No comments:

Post a Comment

Creative Commons License
The Encouragement Lounge by Harriet L. Schwartz is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.