The Spring 2017 (can’t believe it’s actually 2017?!) semester is fast approaching. Are you ready? Although I’ll be in Europe, I still have to put a lot of preparation prior to each semester at school, which I usually start a few weeks before each semester.


Here are my top 5 tips on preparing yourself to have the best semester you possibly can:


Get Organized:

People will tell you this time and time again, but really, organization is the key to success. I highly recommend investing in a planner as well as a calendar. Being able to have a big picture of every assignment, exam, or paper that is due each day does wonders. Another organization tip I love is color coordinating. Having the same color folder and notebook for certain classes allows me to quickly run out the door with the proper books when I’m rushing to class.

 Fun Fact: color coordination is also an amazing tactic for taking notes; you should definitely invest in highlighters before your next semester if you plan on doing this!

Anyway, organization goes much further than just schoolwork. I don’t know about you, but when I have a messy room or even something as small as a misplaced shirt that I want to wear, I go insane. Having a clean, organized room allows you to enter a calm, relaxed environment before or after class.

FOR MORE ON COLOR CODING: Did You Know This Could Help You Take Better Notes In College? 
FOR MORE ON ORGANIZATION: What Every College Student Needs To Know About Being Organized

Set Goals:

Not gonna’ lie, I feel very strongly about this one. Setting a goal allows you to work to your fullest potential each and every day to achieve it. A goal can be something as small as writing neater notes to something as big as maintaining a 3.6 GPA in the upcoming semester. Whether they are long term or short term I like to write my goals down somewhere that I can constantly see them. This serves as a reminder for me to give that extra push when I really want to achieve something and find myself straying away from my objectives.

FOR MORE ON GOALS: Achieving A Goal A Day 

Learn About Your Professors:

So, you might get stuck with a professor you don’t care for, but ultimately (most of the time) there is nothing you can do about that. Sites such as ratemyprofessor.com allow you to search your professor by his or her name and find out all about them. At least if you’re going to have a bad experience, you can use this as a tool to learn what qualities your professor holds which categorize him or her as an unfavorable professor. Another way to learn about your professor is to shoot them a quick email prior to the start of class. Something as simple as: “Hey! My name is so and so and I am extremely excited to take a class with you next semester!” can go a really long way.

Find Balance:

I’ve always struggled with creating a steady balance between time with my friends, my boyfriend, my schoolwork and myself. I have learned that stress is inevitable if you try to please everyone and constantly try to do everything. You need to set priorities based on what matters most to you and go from there. Going along with this; all school work and no fun isn’t going to get you anywhere. Taking a break from schoolwork is something that you must do every once in a while. If you stay organized and don’t procrastinate, you’ll be able to find down time.

Be Positive:

I am a super nerd and really enjoy learning. However, I know most people aren’t like this at all and actually dread the thought of schoolwork. If you’re one of these types of people it isn’t going to be easy for you to work to your full potential. If you want to achieve something or learn something you have to invest enough time and effort into it. You’re not going to want to invest any time or effort if you’re completely turned off by it as a whole. The best remedy for this is to be positive. I won’t lie, a lot of homework and exams suck but think about how lucky you are to even have the opportunity to learn and go to school. There are many people out there who aren’t lucky enough to have that privilege.


I hope these tips inspire you to do the best you possibly can next semester. After executing them for a few years in college I have found that they work wonders for me! Whether it be college or high school, good luck in your up coming semester!

  • I start school a week from tomorrow so I’ve already started to write down exam and project dates in my planner (color coded, of course). Where are you studying in Europe?

    Hannah | the swirl

  • mckenna bleu

    Always stay positive during the semester, especially around finals when it is hard to get stressed!

  • I agree with everything here! Plus those pencils are so cute.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlifeblog.com

  • These are all good suggestions and I wish I’d had blogs like yours to read when I was in Uni! I do remember doing a lot of color coordinating though and I have to say that does help immensely!

  • Pretty sure positivity alone got me through college lol. Great tips!

  • Sydney Power

    I have been loving my second semester, i love all my courses and instructors! I am so excited!

  • Positivity and organization are really the only things getting me through college, haha. Thank you for the tips, and good luck in your semester abroad!

    – katrina || yourstrulykatrina.com

  • Katie Runyan

    I’m beginning my second semester of sophomore year and this advice couldn’t be better!

  • Amy

    It’s crazy to think we’re already at another semester!! I really want to stay on top of my work this semester since it’s my last one ever.. (terrifying) these are such great tips!


    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • mQs

    Getting organized and finding balance are probably the two most important things. This is my first semester out of college and it feels so weird not to be preparing!

  • Elly Leavitt

    finding a balance is definitely the most important thing for me! a good planner helps with that x

  • Michelle mink

    Getting organized was always my favorite part of prepairing for a semester of school.

  • Connecting with professors is so important in college! My professors have helped me so much even after college, that’s a great tip! Also I love the positivity tip as well, going in with a bad attitude never helps anything!

  • I always use rate my professor to check them out before I select them for the semester! I think it’s so important to know a little about your professors before you embark on a semester with them!

  • One of my fav parts of the semester is prepping my planner and color coding! i can’t wait!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  • These are great tips to follow! I could never get anything done until I got organized first!

  • Hannah Madison

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing and good luck this semester!


    Hannah from HMS Jewels