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Spring Semester Success

Did you set any resolutions for your academic life? During the next week, consider developing academic-specific goals by evaluating your previous experiences and creating a plan of action that will set you up for success. Start off strong this semester with new goals that can help you improve. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  1. Take a step back. Prioritize this semester’s classes and activities to be more efficient, and if you get overly stressed or overwhelmed, take a step back and reevaluate your priorities and goals.
  1. Create daily goals. With more classes being hybrid or fully online and having virtual lectures to watch, you may find yourself more unorganized than you normally would be. Create a plan for yourself by using a physical planner or an online tool (like your Google or Outlook calendar) to set aside specific times for specific tasks and create daily goals. This can help you feel less overwhelmed and have a better grasp on all of your assignments.
  1. Improve learning habits. Did you have to study more than expected last semester? Each student learns differently and each semester is slightly different. Take the first few weeks of each class to experiment with different notetaking techniques and learning mechanisms to discover what works best for you within each course.
  1. Take advantage of academic resources on campus. The library and multiple departments have tutoring services available for students. You can reserve a time for tutoring in the library and some departments by logging into TechConnect (accessible via TechExpress – https://express.tntech.edu).
  1. Plan ahead! Look at your major’s entire curriculum and make a tentative schedule for the rest of your college career. This will make the advisement process easier in the future and help you keep track of your progress. Search for your program here https://www.tntech.edu/majors and then click on “View Program’s Catalog Information” or use DegreeWorks (accessible via TechExpress – https://express.tntech.edu) for a layout of your major’s curriculum. You may also consult with your academic advisor.
  1. Explore career paths! Whether you know exactly what you’ll be doing after college or not, research other possible career paths that correspond with your major. Visit the Center for Career Development or their website (tntech.edu/career/students) for helpful tools!
  1. Apply for internships or job shadow! The best way to determine what career path to follow is to gain experience in different fields. Speak with faculty in your major to explore what opportunities would be best.
  1. Take care of yourself! While studying for classes and participating in extracurricular activities, make sure to make time to decompress and focus on your mental and physical health. Setting aside time for yourself will help prevent burnout at the end of the semester. Our Student Wellness page has many resources to help you stay balanced this semester - https://www.tntech.edu/studentlife/wellness.php.


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