Well, despite some snow, ice, rain, and cold weather, we’ve all made it to the fourth week of classes! This is always an interesting time; it still feels like the start, but things are picking up quickly. Today, I’d like to talk about something that I’ve noticed both in my time as a college student and as a staff member here at SU about this time in the semester. Students tend to come in each semester ready to turn over a new leaf. They say “this semester, I’m going to [insert good study habit here] instead of [insert bad study habit here].” Now, I don’t want anyone to think I’m discouraging this type of thinking, but all too often students give up on those goals right around this point. Maybe due to a less-than-ideal-grade, because of a not-so-productive trip home for the weekend, or countless other reasons.
I get it. In fact, I’ve been there several times. It’s incredibly frustrating and can have a short and long term impact on your level of success (if you let it). So, if you’re finding yourself in a situation like the one I’ve described, here’s my advice: stop, take a deep breath, and cut yourself some slack. It’s still early in the semester, and you have time to accomplish all that you set out to. Take some time today (no, don’t wait until tomorrow; get it done today!) to come up with a plan. Make sure your plan is a realistic one, rather than a “crash course-get everything done in two days with no sleep” plan. Then, remind yourself of the goal(s) you set at the start of the semester and think about what you can do better moving forward. Remember, making mistakes is part of the learning process; just be sure to learn from them and try to avoid making the same one twice.
Now, I’d be doing you a disservice here if I didn’t talk about the Study Skills Workshop Series that the Link offers (check out the schedule). If you feel as though you want to get better in one of the topics, we encourage you to attend the session on that topic (and please, feel free to attend more than one throughout the semester). If you can’t make either of the session times, feel free to reach out to the Link in order to schedule a one-on-one appointment with someone to talk about it further. We hope to see you there!