Taking stock mid-semester

Midterms are over and midterm grades have been posted. Registration for spring semester is nearly complete. We are more than halfway done with this semester. It’s a good time to take stock of where you’re at, and in a recent #WITwants2know question 63% of our respondents reported feeling good about this semester.

We all know the second half of the semester brings with it a lot more work than the first half of the semester. Ask yourself some important questions:

  • Do I have a good place where I can go and be productive?
  • What time of day am I most productive….morning, afternoon, or late night?
  • Am I doing a good job keeping track of all my assignments?
  • What resources on campus am I not taking advantage of?
  • Do I feel like I am managing my time efficiently?

Recently I had a conversation with a student about time management. The student was sharing that they sometimes find it hard to get work done in the middle of the day because their breaks in between classes is short. I encouraged the student to ask themselves, “what can I get done in the time I have?” So maybe you have a paper to write but know you won’t have enough time before your next class to write the full paper. Can you write the first paragraph? What about the bibliography….do you have all the necessary information and citations you need? Or maybe you use the little time you have to talk with a family member or make your weekend plans.

Finally…don’t hesitate to use your best resource – each other. Ask classmates how they study for exams. Find out how your roommate seems to be so organized and always has time for everything. Talk with a friend about how they use their commuting time to get work done. Your peers are the experts….be like them!