Your most Successful Semester of College

The 2018 fall college semester is just around the corner.  Whether this is your first (freshman) or last (senior), this could be your most successful semester.  We’ve asked one of our college students to identify some steps they take each semester to ensure a successful semester.  Our college senior is Mikaela, she maintains a high GPA and is on the highest honors list at her college in PA.  Here are some of her tips for a successful semester.

Tips from a College Senior for the fall college semester

Plan before you get to school.  Your syllabi usually come out two weeks prior to school.  One helpful tool is to purchase or create a planner.  These come in many different varieties from daily to weekly.  If this is your first semester, you may need to experiment a little.  But a planner will help you keep your assignments in order.

Keep up with your college assignments.  Don’t wait until the last minute to complete your assignments.  The tendency is to wait.  And sometimes you feel like you have a lot of time left, but time can easily get away from you in college.  Waiting will only mean that you get jammed up toward the end of the week, or end of the semester.  “I try to get my weekly work done early in the week, so I have the weekends off.” (Mikaela, college senior)  You can also divide larger projects into your weekly work schedule.  By keeping up with your weekly work, you can ensure a successful semester.

Make a wise decision regarding your class textbooks.  First, rent books that you are not going to keep.  If you are going to keep your books, think about buying them online or from friends who may have already taken the class.  Check the college classifieds or college bulletin boards to find books that may be available for your upcoming classes.  You may be able to save hundreds of dollars this way.

Additional Advice includes: You need to work to balance your class work with activity/rest time.  Also, use google drive for notes…this way you can share your notes with classmates easily.

Tips from a College Financial Planner:

Find the best way to send money to your college student.  It never fails, every semester there will be a call from your student to ask for money.  You need to find the best way to send money to your college student.  There are multiple options available.  Using your local bank to transfer money may be the best option, but make sure there are no holds on funds or restrictions on amounts of transfers.  You may also be able to set up an automatic transfer to your student’s college account to give them extra funds for on-campus spending.

Again these are some tips that we have found beneficial.  We invite you into the conversation below.  Please take time to add your tips, or thoughts on the tips we have mentioned in the comment section below.

 

Author: Dorothy Mautte

Dorothy is President and Chief Consultant for College4Less™ a College Funding Planning Company associated with the Strategic Education Technologies Advisors and The College Planning Network (CPN). CPN is a network of financial professionals who specialize in helping “families successfully navigate the college admissions and financial aid planning process so their children can attend the college of their choice − regardless of the cost.” Dorothy has served in the Financial Services Industry for over 35 years and has helped hundreds of families plan for college. Whether you have high-school aged children or younger we can help you find the best resources available for all your college needs and design a strategy for you to pay your share and still be able to retire Set for Life without risk.

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