Spring 2017 Semester Goals

spring 2017 semester goals

Back at it again with my goals! Part of me wonders if these really help but I know it makes me feel better to set goals for myself, even if I don’t always reach them all. This time, I am going to try and focus on including only my education/school related goals in these. As you know, I previously listed my 2017 personal goals as well as my 2017 blogging goals. If you haven’t read those, be sure to go check them out.

#1 Continue my all-A streak in my courses. I made all A’s again this past semester and I am very proud of myself, especially considering all I went through during that time. After making the Dean’s List yet again, what better goal could there be than to continue my streak for my last semester before student teaching!

#2 Stay involved in my sorority/organizations. Even though I have made it past my first semester in my sorority, which is known for being the busiest, I still want to make sure I go to as many events as possible. I love being involved and I want to continue to be such. I also want to keep being involved in the organizations I am a part of.

#3 Finish all my paperwork/meetings for study abroad. Although I’ve shared this with you guys, I am going to Ireland this coming up May. I have never left the country so I am beyond excited for this experience. I got the email that I was expected with conditions (obviously pending more paperwork, payment, etc.) so I am moving forward with the process.

#4 Get everything finished for student teaching. After this semester, I will be student teaching. I am sooo close to graduating, it’s unreal. I’m beyond excited for what my future career will hold and I cannot believe that I am this much closer to working in a school and having my own classroom.

#5 Invest in the perfect planner for student teaching. Planners are what keep my life in the most organized condition it can be. Being that student teaching will be such a time consuming and new journey, I need to get the perfect planner for this process. I am planning on getting the Erin Condren planner but I am still looking into my options. Any suggestions?

That is all for my goals for this semester. I can’t believe that it this time of the year again already. I know it happens twice for me but I get equally excited every time (until all of those assignments start rolling in). I can’t wait to see how I do with this goals.

Share your goals for this upcoming semester with me!

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BTS | How to Use Your Syllabus

Now, if you’re like me, you like to keep everything nice, neat, and organized whenever you’re in school. Being able to tell what your next move is will make sure that you never fall behind or end up with poor grades due to just not being on top of things. One of the ways to do that with your studies is to learn how to utilize your syllabi. Now, if you’re in high school, this may not be as effective for you as many high school classes, at least in the United States, do not really make use of their syllabi. They make them as a requirement for the classes and students toss them to the side. In college, your syllabus is everything. It holds the magical key to an A in your ALL classes (Yes, I’m dead serious.). You can get a 4.0 GPA by just utilizing these tips and then following through with the needed processes after!

 

#1 Try to print off your syllabi before classes start!

Some people don’t think that is a good idea but I really feel like it gets me in the school mindset before I even get started! Sometimes your professors will actually give you copies of the syllabus in your first day of class but some just say, “You can get it online,” or “Read it online.” I don’t like this. I feel like I have enough to print off without them not giving it to me. However, this is why I’ve gotten into the habit of just printing them ahead of time. If you can’t find a place to print for free, try to print them there in smaller fonts and with less color to save some $$$.

 

#2 Talk with your professors about anything you don’t understand.

Your professors are your resource. They are there to help you. If there is something in the syllabus that you don’t understand, or eve don’t agree with, talk with them about it. They can either explain why it is there, tell you how they can accommodate you, or just assign you with whatever you need in regards to it. I always talk to my professors on the first day of classes if there’s something I don’t understand or something I feel is missing from the syllabus. It’s good to get all of that out of the way ahead of time.

 

#3 Write down all important monthly, weekly, and daily projects, dates, assignments, etc.

This is a vital first step before classes get fully started. As soon as you get your syllabi, write down EVERYTHING. All the important things you need to remember should go in your planner, to-do list, or whatever you record these things in. If you don’t use a planner, a later tip might be of more use to you for this part of things!

 

#4 Make a monthly checklist for big items for ALL classes for your planner/binder.

I think this is the best thing to do for big assignments. Whenever you make checklists (or at least for me), you always are more inclined to work on things ahead of time because you know exactly when they’re due and how much more time you have to complete them. Combining them all onto one checklist also keeps you from missing something because you’re flipping through syllabi every day to see what you have due. Big projects normally take a lot of time so this helps you manage that.

 

#5 Create an assignment list for day-to-day things that will need to be done sooner rather than later.

This is the same concept, except for same, everyday assignments! I recommend making this list all at one, just like the monthly checklist or doing it weekly (this is what I do). Writing down everything you need to accomplishment each week keeps you updated on everything, just like the monthly checklist does. If you want, you could combine both lists to make for a HUGE master list but I think splitting it up making it easier to tackle and more organized!

 

#6 FOLLOW THROUGH!

This is the most important tip of all. If you don’t use all of these resources you’re making, doing your assignments, and following the rules and information stated in your syllabi then none of this is going to help you! Your syllabi are there to guide you through your semesters with ease. Utilize them to do so!

 

I hope you all found this post useful and I wish you all the best of luck with organizing your semester! If you have any requests for back to school posts for this series, leave them in the comments down below.

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