How to excel at the beginning of the semester

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The semester has just begun and it is time to start studying. There are many different ways to study, but it is not always easy to know which method is the best one for you. You may be wondering how you are going to achieve your goals this semester, but don’t worry. I will provide you with some guidelines on how to maintain or increase your GPA according to your personal aims.

You can use plenty of strategies to maximize your time at college and to ensure you are successful. These include utilizing different types of note-taking and taking advantage of on-campus services if you need extra help. It is a good idea to know your way of learning and to do your best to achieve good grades. The resources are there; you just have to find them.

A good way to start is time management. This is very important to success at college.

According to Purdue Global, it is important to make sure you are prioritizing your time by making sure to plan out your day. It is recommended to start out with small tasks and then increase in difficulty as you go on.

The University of Dartmouth recommends outlining your goals and making sure you meet your expectations by being clear about your plans.

There are also strategies that exist to ensure your success. One of these is the note-taking strategy called Cornell. Thinkinsights has a great page on the method, detailing how exactly to do it and a referral from an educational researcher about the benefits of effective note-taking. This will help you to prepare well for class.

According to collegeinfogeek, preparing for class requires intense note-taking and there are many different ways you can go about this. The website notes six note-taking strategies, including outlining, bullet journaling and mind mapping. Whichever one works best for you will be great and should naturally match your learning style.

The four learning styles include visual, auditory, reading, writing and kinesthetic learning. There are online quizzes that can help you to determine your learning style, such as this one.

There are many different approaches to having a successful semester. You are capable of achieving great things as you work hard to pursue your goals.

It is important to remember that there are many resources available to help you, such as Testing and Tutoring Services. You can also check out the The Writing Center for help on written assignments.

As you try to find your way through the semester, remember that there are ways that you can do well and apply yourself. If you need help or are finding anything challenging in your personal life, you can always contact  Counseling Services. 

You are not alone and this is only the beginning. You can achieve your goals by doing your best to be as organized and as watchful of the time as possible, along with using WT’s academic and counseling services when you need extra support. Prepare to study.

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