There’s a reason that every college organization blog will tell you to keep your syllabus handy: sometimes, your prof will tell you what’s testable and what’s not. Oftentimes the syllabus will tell you if the final is cumulative or not, or if there are lectures or chapters that are not testable.
It’s easy to think that cramming and pulling an all-nighter will land you a better grade. Here’s the thing: often, sleep will serve you better than cramming. If you don’t sleep, you’ll just be exhausted trying to write that sucker tomorrow morning. In first year, a girl I knew tried to pull an all-nighter and actually ended up falling asleep and missing her exam! Go to bed at a reasonable time, otherwise you might not remember any of the material—or worse.
Again, figure out what will be tested. If your test is likely to be straight memorization, try rewriting notes over and over and using mnemonics. If your exam will likely be about implications, make diagrams, connections, and ask what would happen if you changed something. This works well for chemistry, history, or cell biology.
- Work out at least once a week: working out is entirely new to me since I’ve always played soccer and/or waterpolo year round, which usually provided me with enough exercise. But university is different. I have yet to discover what works best for me (home workouts vs the gym vs gym classes), so this goal is super ambiguous and small for now.
- Create a budget and stick to it: Again, a newer concept for me, but I’m really trying to manage my money better to start out on the right foot after I graduate.
- Get at least a 75% in all my courses: My grades suffered a lot last year, and there was a huge disparity in my grades between classes. I’d like to make sure I’m putting the appropriate amount of work into ALL of my courses.
- Get a 80% average overall: I just really want to get back onto the Dean’s Honour List. Losing that was a huge blow for someone who has been on the honour roll every year since kindergarten 😛
- Run 5km in under 30min: I used to play soccer, so I could do this with no trouble. Now? Not so much.
- Reach 1000 pageviews on Hope and Mascara: I’m incredibly excited to grow this blog!
- Use my planner consistently: Because working on these goals, school, blogging, exercise, volunteering, clubs, and social commitments is a lot to remember!
- Join 2 clubs that I actually enjoy and GO TO THE MEETINGS: In line with my motto above, I’m a firm believer that you’ll only go to club meetings if you actually enjoy the club. As such, I’m straying away from the pre-med, pre-law, pre-etc, investment club type things that I don’t really enjoy, and instead focusing on my hobbies.
- Find a volunteer position: I’d really like to find a continuous volunteer position, rather than just events every so often, which are harder for me to schedule other commitments around.
- Keep up with schoolwork: Again, something that really screwed me over last year, and I’d like to work on improving at.
- Write at least 10 times on Hope and Mascara: Part of my action plan to grow this blog!