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    5 Things You Can Do Over Winter Break to Prepare for Next Semester

    December 16, 2015 Amanda Cross 3 min read
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    I know better than anyone that no one wants to talk about school over winter break. It is important to spend a little bit preparing for the new school year though, so you can avoid the night before class jitters as much as possible. Here are 5 Things You Can Do Over Winter Break to Prepare For Next Semester!



    Re-Evaluate Your Performance From This Semester

    Now is the time to re-evaluate your semester. Reflection is key to growth in my opinion. I would suggest the following:

    • Document your GPA. See which classes you passed, which ones you barely passed, etc. Reflect on why that was.
    • Go back through all the papers you can find and read the feedback you got on them again.
    • Evaluate what was going on in your life this semester. Did you have issues? Did you procrastinate? Were you depressed? What can you do this coming semester ┬áto get the resources you need to deal with this?

    I have a whole semester reflection guide that is multiple pages long that I think you will love.

    Purchase Your Books

    Now is the absolute best time to start buying your text books, if you can. You can ask for textbook money for Christmas or buy them yourself while deals are still happening. Textbooks can take a really long time to get to you, depending on where you order them from–so now would be the best time to get them so you have them on the first day of class (or at least the first week). You can definitely wait to get your textbooks, but I encourage early buying, because one of the most anxious moments around is when you are not prepared during the first week of class. Not being prepared on the first week can definitely be saved, but it can seem like a hard thing to move on from.

    Restock Your School Supplies

    I don't know about you, but for me it seems like as soon as I get done with the fall semester my stock of supplies is just depleted. Make sure you are all stocked up on pencils, pens, notecards, paper, etc before going back-to-school. Since it's a school related expense your parents will probably feel more comfortable paying for the items, and let's face it, if you can get these items free that would be ideal.

    Check Your Financial Aid

    This is especially prudent after you get your final grades back. It's important to check to make sure your GPA is in line with any scholarships or grants that you have. You don't want to go back to school and realize a day before classes are back in session that your scholarship wasn't renewed and your schooling isn't fully paid for. So be sure to check on this as soon as possible after grades are posted.

    Research Your Professors

    Most people research professors before they register for classes, but if you haven't logged on to RateMyProfessors or asked your friends about a certain professor, now would be the best time to do so. Usually at this time you can still change your professors if you decided a professor isn't really for you.

    Do you want more tips on things you can do to prepare for next semester during winter break? You are in luck! I came up with 10 total things you can do during winter break to prepare for the spring, and the next 5 tips are available for e-mail subscribers. Sign up now to get this second article plus the Semester Evaluation Worksheet mentioned above.

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  • kenzie negron December 16, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    all awesome times! Ratemyprofessor is probably one of the most helpful websites when you’re in college! I love love love that website!

    • Amanda Cross December 17, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      I agree! It has definitely saved me from a few bad teachers during undergrad. Definitely one of the best sites out there for college students.

  • Heidi Kokborg December 17, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Thanks for the great list! Purchasing books is a must before starting the next semester!

    • Amanda Cross December 17, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      Thanks for the comment! Purchasing books as soon as possible is definitely the way to go!

  • Samantha December 31, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    good list. thanks for the advice!

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    My name is Amanda Cross, and I am the blogger behind The Happy Arkansan. I am a blogger, freelance writer, and podcaster. When I am not creating content for any of my content online, I can usually be found baking, watching YouTube, or napping. I love helping millennials and young adults navigate the mess that is adult life. Keep reading for my thoughts and experiences.

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