Diminish Stress and Ensure Success: 5 Tips for the First Weeks of School
To get the most out of your time and investment, start thinking about how you can succeed during the first week and beyond.
Can you believe that school has started already? Regardless of the program, school is full of new, rewarding experiences that will prepare you for a long and successful career. Whether you’re taking classes in person, online, or a hybrid format, preparing for the first few weeks of school will make your experience more enjoyable and impactful. To get the most out of your time and investment, start thinking about how you can succeed during the first week and beyond.
Strong organizational skills will take you far in school and your career. Sharpen up your organization skills by planning for the semester ahead of time. Many professors will send out a syllabus and class requirements before the first day, allowing you to get a head start on what you’ll need throughout the semester. If you’re taking classes in person, make sure you have the required reading and class materials. If you’re taking classes online, ensure you have the technology and resources to be a full participant. The first weeks of school go by in a flash, so take the extra time to anticipate what you’ll need to succeed.
Familiarize Yourself with Your Schedule
Your syllabus doesn’t just provide insight into what materials you’ll need, it also serves as a valuable tool for figuring out your schedule. When it comes to school, time management is essential. By familiarizing yourself with your schedule, you can craft the most efficient plan possible to save yourself time and effectively manage your daily responsibilities. Use a planner or organizer to make a note of important due dates and exam dates. This will give you a better idea of when certain assignments and deadlines will overlap and allow you to get ahead of hectic schedules. You’ll benefit from taking the time to plan and anticipate scheduling conflicts you may encounter.
Plan a Routine
Having to incorporate one more demanding step into your daily schedule may seem daunting, but the right amount of planning can make a world of difference in how you handle your school-life balance. Ensure the transition into your new role as a student is as smooth as possible by establishing a routine. A routine will enable you to juggle your school, work, and personal responsibilities without sacrificing your mental health. Having an effective routine also maximizes the quality of work you produce as structure makes a world of difference in productivity and overall caliber of work.
A new program means new professors and peers. Schools offer a lot of valuable resources, but don’t neglect the value that comes from forming connections with those around you. Use the first weeks as an opportunity to introduce yourself and make a positive first impression. By closing yourself off, you’re doing yourself a disservice. By connecting with your classmates, you’re strengthening your networking and communication skills, two highly valued traits for professionals. You won’t know what type of support you can get from those experiences if you never introduce yourself.
Being a successful learner starts with a positive attitude. Throughout the entire experience, be proud of yourself and your accomplishments. Preparation and organization are helpful, but neither will be as impactful without positivity. You’ll be amazed at the difference a positive mindset can make in your experience. You owe it to your future self to put your best foot forward. This will reduce any anxiety you will be feeling during the semester and allow you to approach your assignments with a clear head.
Your education has the power to positively influence the trajectory of your career, but you have the power to positively influence your education. Set yourself up for success by preparing for a memorable and motivating first week of classes. If you’re looking to begin a new program, discover all the flexible options that Herzing University has to offer today.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.