Going back to college can be a very stressful time, especially after enjoying a (relatively) stress free summer. Even though we are about four weeks into the Autumn Semester at Ohio State, people are still trying to find their rhythm between juggling work, school, and having a social life. Forcing yourself to get back into a routine and finding time to finish assignments can be frustrating, but with these five tips you can find yourself being productive in the early part of the semester and hopefully for the rest of the academic year.
1. Go to class at least 10-15 minutes early
By getting to class early, not only do you not feel rushed in the morning but it will also give you the opportunity to talk to professors before class starts. This tip is especially helpful if you cannot make it to the professor’s office hours and/or are too timid to reach out and make a private appointment with them.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Syllabi are annoying and can be confusing at some point. If something does not make sense, ask your professor about it. They (hopefully) are the ones that wrote it so they should be able to clear up any confusion that you may have. If you don’t ask, you risk missing a deadline which can negatively affect your grade. This does not apply solely to syllabi either. If you have any questions about anything, ask. Professors love questions, no matter how intimidating they may seem.
3. Get a planner and write out all due dates
By doing this, you are only setting yourself up for success. By having everything written down, you will know when to start assignments and when to turn them in. If you are super organized, even color code by class so that way you know which assignment is for which course. Just be careful not to switch colors half way through or during next semester because then you will think that blue is for math when now it is for English. If something does not make sense, refer back to tip 2.
4. Make yourself known to your professors
If you haven’t done so already, introduce yourself to your professors. It does not matter if you are in a 700 person lecture or a 15 person lecture, professors want to know what kind of people are in their classes. It only
takes a minute to do after class and by doing so, you will immediately create a bond with them. Between that, asking questions, and going to office hours, you can possibly increase your chances of getting the help that you need. If your professor knows you and knows your work ethic, and you get a bad grade in their class, they are more willing to work with you on how you can improve the grade (especially if a scholarship is on the line).
5. Get involved
Even though this tip seems to be overused, it is not one to ignore. By getting yourself involved on campus, you open up opportunities to make new friends and even gain professional ties with potential employers. It is never too late to join casual clubs, so don’t let being four weeks into the term be the reason you don’t join.
If you follow these five tips, you are more likely to have a successful start to the 2018-2019 school year. You will
open yourself to new opportunities and find yourself being a little more stress free!
Brooke Crockett is a sophomore majoring in Strategic Communications and minoring in Professional Writing. She is an Account Associate for The Practice and is a member of PRSSA. Brooke hopes to pursue a non-profit communications career after graduation.