“Back to school, back to school, to prove to Dad that I’m not a fool. I got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don’t get in a fight. Ohhh back to school, back to school, back to school.” -Billy Madison
With classes starting up again, it’s time to live up to those New Year Resolutions you made two weeks ago. Let’s be on time, get organized, and achieve those straight A’s! Just a few tips to get started.
1) Need studying help? Tutors are always in reach at Benedictine and they’re FO FREEEEEEE. Basement Krasa is a good place to start in the Student Success Center. There are a plethora of subjects the tutors cover collectively, and if you can’t find the subject you are looking for, the Student Success Center will find a tutor for you. If you’re a little lazy, not feeling well, or just plain too cold to go outside in the frozen tundra of Chiberia to get help, you are in luck! YouTube is a great resource that I have recently discovered can really anyone out! Chemistry can be a toughie you need to spend excessive hours on to understand thoroughly. Type in any area or problem in YouTube and at least something similar will pop up from teachers and scholars around the country.
2) Help! I’m not motivated! Finding motivation is tough. This is a time to have a better, happier start to your 2014 and school year. Think about how much happier you will be and visualize yourself being successful and how you are going to get there. Additionally, if you right things down, it is like a small promise to yourself that you will do it. You might feel guilty if you say, skimp out on studying for that movie. That movie can wait until Saturday night, I promise. Sure, materialistic things shouldn’t be motivation, but money can really be a motive! Not the only one of course. Keeping track of your grades is another way to stay motivated. Having that A or B looks and feels good. That D though… it brings you down. You don’t want to feel like that! Maintain those good grades!
3) WHY ARE THERE PAPERS EVERYWHERE!? Being organized helps a lot; seeing your school stuff well-kept makes everything easier and less of a burden. Make sure you have all your papers in folders and notebooks or binders to go with. Getting a planner is an easy way to go through the day stress free and much easier, therefore you are more motivated. Look at all of your syllabi and write down the important dates like presentations and tests to be proactive.
4) I’m so overwhelmed that I just want to give up… Preventing the feeling of you drowning in classes can be difficult. The solution is much simpler: compartmentalization and metacognition. Compartmentalizing is an important tool to bring along everywhere you go; think about what you’re doing and only what you are doing as you are doing it can help a ton! The current activity you are doing, whether it is studying, sitting in class, or meeting with a professor, is what is most important at that particular time. Only worry about that! It takes a load off your shoulders and helps you focus. Metacognition is knowing about knowing to put it vaguely. Having knowledge to recognize when and how to use particular strategies for learning or problem solving helps a lot. Evaluate yourself next time you finish up in class. Figure out what you need help in or what you need to double-check on.
Doing all of this with a positive attitude will get you to the places you want to go! Keep telling yourself YOU CAN DO IT, and eventually you will believe it, and you will do it.