It’s Week 5- Time to Assess October 22nd, 2012
Week 5 marks the middle of the term.. You are half way done with your classes and most likely have already experienced a number of tests, papers and projects. This is an excellent time to think about what you’ve already experienced and use it to make the next 5 weeks even better. Here are some good questions to ask yourself. If you want to discuss this more, consider making an appointment with your academic advisor or an academic coach in the Academic Success Center.
1.)If the term were to end today, what GPA would you have? Use the GPA calculator to find out. Are you satisfied with where you are? If not, consider the questions below and then make a plan with specific things you can change to see a better result at the end of Fall term.
2.) Have you found good places to study on campus? If not, change locations. The library’s and study lounges are standards, but what about a coffee shop downtown, the public library, or perhaps an unoccupied classroom?
3.) Have you found good people to study with? Study groups can be great ways to discuss material, go over practice problems and help answer each others questions. If you haven’t made friends in your classes, now might be the time to do so.
4.) Have you figured out the best things to study for each class? Where do most test questions come from (notes in class, readings, practice problems, test reviews)? How can you use this to your advantage?
5.) How far in advance did you start studying for mid-terms or writing that first paper? Was that enough time? If not, make a plan now to start earlier for the next round.
6.) Are you taking good care of yourself? If you aren’t getting enough sleep, eating regularly, finding ways to exercise, etc. then it’s time to start doing so.