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Are You Ready For The New Semester?

Are You Ready For The New Semester?

A new semester will start soon! Are you ready for it? Today, I would like to share some tips to get yourself better prepared for the new semester.


• Read the feedback from your previous assignments

Reading the feedback of assignments could help to improve your academic skills. If you consider the feedback from your lecturers, it would be beneficial for your next assignment. By reading the feedback, you can understand your strengths and weaknesses; If you feel like you are not satisfied by the grades you got, try to find out what’s wrong and if you’re unsure, talk to your lecturers about it. I’m sure they will be happy to explain. If you’re doing great and had grades that you’re satisfied with, keep it up! However, I would say there are always areas for improvement since there is no perfect piece of work.

• Get yourself organised

Sort out the notes from last semester. If you need any books, resources, or supplies for the new semester, make sure you prepare them before the start of the semester. Also, if you already have your reading list, you can spend some time reading the books to get a rough idea of what you will be learning in that module. This will help you lower your stress levels and become more confident in yourself, as you can catch-up a lot easier during the lessons.


• New schedule

Get used to your new timetable, your timetable may change for the new semester, and you may also need to spend time doing other things. For instance, if you need to work or have family responsibilities and study pressure, it can be overwhelming when everything is all together. Write down everything you need to do in your schedule and adjust to the new routine. A routine will help you to structure your day.


• Make yourself plans: short term & long term

When you get your new timetable and assignment briefs, make yourself a few plans. I recommend you set both short-term and long-term goals to help you get motivated throughout the semester. For example, you can plan 2 hours every day for each module. You may as well focus on one assignment at a time. It doesn’t matter how you plan it, and there is no right or wrong.
→ Follow the SMART goals to help you to set better goals: S – Specific, M – Measurable, A – Achievable, R – Realistic and T – Time Constrained.


• Finally, Enjoy!

No matter if you’re having online or face-to-face lectures, get involved in your lessons and enjoy your time! Treat online lectures the same as when you’re having face-to-face: 

  • pay attention 
  • ask questions
  • do the best you could during lecture activities
  • talk to your course mates
  • keep yourself connected to your course and the university

It will make the challenging time a bit easier.

See you next week~

Hoi Yan

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