How To Start The Semester Off Right

Resources, planning and professors are a big help
By UW Colleges

A new semester is right around the corner, which is a perfect opportunity to start fresh. Maybe you want to get better grades or join a student organization. Or maybe you'll transfer after this term, and you want to make sure you leave on a high note.

Whether this is your first or last semester at UW Colleges, there are plenty of resources to help you get off to a good start. Whatever your goals are, here are some tips for starting off on the right foot.

1. Create clear goals

It's hard to measure success if you don't know what you're working for! Whether you want to earn a 3.5 grade point average, play in a campus musical ensemble or meet new friends, it's important to have clearly defined goals to strive for. Campus advisors  are a great resource for coming up with semester goals.

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2. Get to know your professors

Every UW Colleges campus has exceptional professors who work with students every single day. They're here to help you succeed in your higher education journey, so take the time to say hello. There are hundreds of stories from former UW Colleges students about their professors being their best advocate during their time on campus.

UW Colleges professor works with students


3. Create a schedule

Take the time at the beginning of the semester to figure out a routine that works best for you. When are all your classes and what are your assignments like? How much time will you study each day? Can you make time to join a study group? Put together a schedule and stick to it so you can achieve your goals. 

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4. Use your resources

UW Colleges campuses are a community. Your professors, advisors and peers all want to see you succeed, so make sure to use all the resources you have available. Get familiar with services like tutoring centers, study groups, and academic advising sessions early in the semester. They can make a big difference in your success.

UW Colleges students in a study group


5. Take a break

A new semester can be exciting, but it can also be exhausting. Make sure you're taking care of yourself by getting enough rest and taking personal time. This will help prevent burnout and allow you to keep going strong throughout the term.

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6. Try something new

Want to really make the most of the coming semester? Step outside your comfort zone! Campuses have plenty of ways to get involved; from playing a sport to joining a club to attending campus events. Trying something new and getting involved gives you a chance to grow and makes your college experience all the more fulfilling.

UW Colleges student activities fair