A new semester is beginning, but the school year is halfway over.
Some students are starting their first semester at the university while others are continuing their Shippensburg University journey.
The next 15 weeks will be stressful for many students. Here are some tips to help get you through.
Go to office hours:
Sometimes going to class is not enough. Do not wait around and hope for a miracle if you are struggling or lost. With it being halfway through the school year for a lot of students, now is the time to focus on getting good grades.
Professors are required to have office hours for that reason: they are there to help. Students can go to office hours whether by appointment or just a walk in. Do not be afraid to ask for help.
Read the syllabus:
Most professors will give students a syllabus on the first day of class that will layout the rest of the semester. Be aware: some professors will change some elements of the syllabus as the semester goes on.
Do not be the student who asks when an assignment is due. First, review the syllabus and then ask the professor if you have further questions.
Take care of your health:
It is very easy to become sick during the winter months so take any necessary precautions. Regularly wash your hands and bundle up when it is cold outside.
By not taking care of yourself, you can put others at risk of getting sick which can spread around the campus. If you are too sick to go to class or may be contagious, stay home and rest.
A full night of sleep will leave you well-rested and provide more energy for the day.
Visit the tutoring center:
As the semester goes on, it is easy to become lost in some courses. The Learning Center, located in Mowrey Hall, is the place to go when you are struggling with your courses.
Tutors can work individually with students to study and prepare for exams and assignments.
While the tutors will help, it is the students responsibility for actually doing the work needed for the class.
Use library resources:
The library offers many resources for students for projects and other assignments. Students can visit the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library or go to library.ship.edu to conduct research for class.
The library also offers quiet study areas for students. Studying in a quiet place will allow for more concentration for students.
The third floor of the library offers a wide variety of books students can check out.
College can be a lot to handle but it is not the end of the world. Take these small steps to ensure that you are prepared for the semester. You will most likely be happier if you are more prepared.