After fall semester, it’s great to go back home during winter break and visit family. Many of us use winter break to decompress, but after such a relaxing break it’s always hard to get back into gear for the New Year! I, as well as many others, often find myself going back to classes and scrambling to get back into school mode. This year instead of falling into that New Year’s rush, try these 7 tips to get yourself back into gear for classes and for 2019
- Visit Your Advisor
Always make a visit with your advisor or registrar before classes start. Some schools require it, and some don’t, so make it a priority to get an appointment before classes start. It’s important to make sure you are in all the classes you need to be for a timely graduation! Advisors are also great to talk to because they often know the teaching and class style of different professors! For instance, if you learn best from hands-on courses rather than lecture classes, you advisor may have great recommendations for the professor that will help you get the most out of your courses!
- Introduce Yourself To Your Professors
Trust me they will appreciate it! I especially recommend doing this for courses you are excited about or that are essential for your major! If your professors see you being proactive with your coursework, you will stand out to them. Professors can be amazing references, whether it be for graduate school or job applications. Along with this, they often have connections with local businesses and often recommend students for internships and research programs.
- Get a Planner/Calendar
Whether you love having a physical planner or you prefer having an online calendar, make sure you have a way to keep track of your new schedule. It can be an adjustment remembering new classes, their locations and their assignments right away. A planner or calendar are great ways to keep track of due dates and keep up with your schedule. Many students work during school and participate with clubs or extracurricular activities, adding more to an already full course schedule. Starting off organized with a way to keep track of dates and appointments is a great way to stay on top of your schedule for the new year.
- Buy Your Books Used
Textbooks can be crazy expensive. After winter holidays, many of our wallet’s are already a bit lighter than usual. So saving money on textbooks can be a real relief. Ask your professor if they are okay with you getting an older version of the textbook. Most schools automatically list the newest book versions for recommended course materials, but often there isn’t a huge change in content between versions. Unless your professor assigns homework questions from your book, or you need a specific access code for online resources, many professors are likely to be okay with an older version. You can also buy used books online, or even rent eBooks. Renting eBooks is a great option because it allows you to access everything on your laptop, rather than carrying around a heavy bag full of different books.
- Start Off Clean
Getting clean and organized is a great way to get yourself into gear for the year. This will help relieve stress and coming back to an organized dormitory or apartment is so relaxing after the end of a busy day. If you don’t have time to clean yourself, Hummingbiird is a great way to find students in your area who can clean-up for you! This is great in comparison to traditional cleaning services because you are working directly with other students, helping them earn money, and often saving some money yourself!
- Stay Clean
This is definitely harder than starting off clean, especially when schedules get busy as the semester progresses. Getting a cleaning schedule made ahead of time can be a great way to make sure you have time carved out in your schedule to stay organized. If staying clean and organized come naturally to you and you are looking to make some extra money and have time in your schedule, you can also consider applying at Hummingbiird! This can be a great way to provide some much-needed side income while helping fellow college students stay neat and organized.
- Carve Out Time For Yourself
It is so easy to forget to spend time on yourself during school. Students are always bouncing from one responsibility and activity to another, with barely any time left in the day. Carving out 30 minutes to an hour each day to just spend on yourself can improve mental health and help you relax when courses get stressful. For some students this could mean spending an hour at the gym getting active or waking up early to do some journaling. What’s the most important about this tip is making sure to have a little bit of time that’s yours to do with as you please each day.
The Hummingbiird team hopes you have an amazing 2019 and a successful start to the semester! If you are looking to make a little extra income or are looking for a handyman don’t forget to check out the Hummingbiird app! If you liked this content make sure to follow our social media below for more posts!