As much as we’d love to make merry for a little longer, it’s that time where we have to pay attention to productivity, learning and growing.
THE HOLIDAYS ARE OVER!
While you may have picked up new habits, goals and drive from parents, friends, family members, and of course, Telenovelas, during the break, it is particularly important to understand what’s needed when school resumes. Below are the five MUST HAVEs and MUST DOs If you have to nail those As and Distinctions at the end of the new term.
- Medical checkup:
Are you aware that you don’t have to fall ill before seeing a doctor? In fact, going for regular checkups remains the best approach to health care. Before you round off your packing, see a medical doctor for appropriate tests and information on your health status. Do this to avoid sudden illness. You don’t want to miss any of your classes.
- Relevant Groceries:
It’s very normal to have a page-full list of groceries you want. But, you should understand that there is a difference between what you want and the things you actually need. Packing groceries with short shelflife might cause an unforeseen frustration when the semester is just getting heated up with bulky assignments and continuous assessments. Just pack basic groceries like a set of toothbrushes, bath and laundry soaps, toothpaste, a few packs of cereals, milk, tea, deodorants, sanitary pads (if you are a female), and some healthy confectionery – you’ll need them for prep time!
- Study Tools:
While you’ll be provided with notes, textbooks, and resource materials, it is quite necessary that you come along with additional study aid tools such as pens, pencils, and erasers, in case you lose the ones you’ll be given. You’ll need a smart backpack that can contain books to take to classes on a daily basis, a sound recorder, a flash drive to collect slides of your lessons from your lecturers, markers for highlighting, and flashcards. All these study aids will come in handy at one point or the other.
- Personal Diary:
Diaries have always been good buddies to students who use them. Your diary can be anything you want it to be. It can be your Day Planner, your confidant, your progress checker, your bank of ideas, to mention a few. A diary well-kept can be the best tool for self-evaluation.
- Positive attitude towards learning:
This crowns it all. As you resume, motivate yourself to learn. Set goals and pursue them by studying. That class you find so boring may not be as horrible if you had not pre-created the thoughts in your mind. Walk up to your lecturers, ask questions, join discussion groups, use the library, and learn things outside the classroom.
Remember, Proper Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance!