Five tips for a solid spring semester

1. Get. A. Planner.

 The most important aspect in any situation is to develop a plan. Seeing these plans physically in front of you can take the pressure off relying solely on your memory. Fill out a planner to remember deadlines for projects, papers and even specific times to study. In the long run, planners will become your best friend.

 2. Stop creeping, start sleeping

Whether or not we want to admit it, we all do it. Right before we go to bed, we pick up our phones and check every social media account we have. Instead of doing so right before bed, set aside time to do this. It can make for an entertaining study break. Bottom line, put the phone down and get some extra sleep time. 

 3. Coffee is always the answer

Whether it’s an 8 a.m. class or a late-night study session, coffee can keep you awake and focused throughout the day. Start your day off right with a caramel macchiato with an extra shot of espresso and thank me later. 

 4. The library is your friend

 Use the library. Not only is it a great place to study, but it’s also a great resource. Composition classes usually require a visit to the library once every semester along with other courses requiring in-depth research. Become aware of the most effective time for your schedule and give yourself the opportunity to study in a quiet environment. 

 5. Don’t forget to call mom and dad

Believe it or not, your parents miss you each and every day. You were their entire life for a while. Feeling the absence of your presence can be taxing on their life. Be kind to your parents and give them a call. They love to hear what you’re doing that day or even what you’re not doing that day.