Preparing for the upcoming semester

We can all agree that the week before university or school starts is a true, bittersweet moment. As the holidays near an end, I cannot emphasise enough on how important it is to prepare for the upcoming semester. It only takes a while, but it truly makes a difference.

I have divided my preparations for uni into 3 categories.

Mentally

The first and the most important, is to get prepared mentally. We are not robots who can go from vacation mode to studying instantly. There is a transition period. Allow that transition period to be before the chaos rather than during.

To go from relaxing to facing several subjects at a time can sometimes be overwhelming, so set and allow yourself to be in a good mental state, ie; ready to attack and concur.

Write a letter

It may seem foreign, rather it is new to me as well.
As a method of preparation for the stress and hardships of the upcoming
semester, I encourage all of you to write a “You Can Do It “ note.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be an essay, but just write down a couple encouraging words to yourself. After all, you know yourself the best. Reflect upon the previous semester and the hardships you faced. Note down a couple mistakes or “regrets” that you might have had. Allow yourself to analyse the previous semesters so you can make sure you don’t repeat the same mistakes.

What did you go through emotionally?

Was there anything you could’ve done differently which would have resulted in an easier experience?

Just write a letter to yourself that you know will work for you, to motivate yourself and make sure it is something that would be uplifting when you are going through a low.
In the end, this whole journey is a learning process, the more you learn the more you grow.

Work Preparations

Now moving onto more hands-on tasks.

Organise previous semester notes

Firstly before getting ready for the upcoming semester, make sure all previous semester related notes or pages are safely and neatly organized into a folder.


Get rid of what you no longer need. You don’t want your desktop to be filled with work of previous semesters.
You don’t want your room to be taken up over your work from previous semesters.

Now once all that is sorted.

Go over the upcoming subjects

I would recommend you all to go over your subjects and see what is going on.

I use the app Notion for my notes. It really helps to have already a gallery view of all the subjects that I have so that it is ready for when uni starts. If you use notebooks, have your notebooks ready.

Whatever method it is that you use, make sure it is accessible.

Markdown the dates

Next up is my diary. I personally only use my bullet journal for uni-related purposes. I like to have a physical copy.

Go through your schedule and mark it down. Make sure you have a rough idea about what your weeks will consist of.


If you can and already know, write down the dates of your tests and exams.. It is always better to have a birds-eye view on what the semester holds before diving in.

Ask Seniors

Another tip is to ask your seniors for assistance. You could ask them for notes that they have collected. Learn from their experiences by listening to their advice and their struggles so you are prepared and know where to put in the extra work.

Environment

Now towards the last category before starting uni, is to make sure you know where your study spot is going to be.
Due to the current pandemic, a lot of us are at home or have relocated.

Make sure the place you’ve chosen has limited distractions.
You should have good lighting, a clean workspace, and an overall quiet environment to work efficiently.
Let that air diffuser or candle start burning.

Conclusion

I hope this inspires you to start preparing for uni. It will only take a little bit out of your time, but will go a long way.

Lastly, while you’re getting ready for the upcoming challenge, don’t forget to enjoy and absorb that last bit of holidays left to the utmost best. Good luck to everyone! 🙂

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