How to Make the Most of Semester Two
We can all agree that semester one was rough… but semester two gives us all a chance to hit the reset button and completely smash the second half of the year. You aren’t going to get there if you just do the same old thing as semester one. So, here are somethings you can do to make the most of semester two:
Listen to your report
We are given reports for a reason, they are constructive criticism, so utilize them. Despite what the internet tells you, read the comment left by the teacher and put their suggestions into action. Believe it or not, your teachers don’t hate you and they actually want to see you improve and pass the subject (even if it’s just so they don’t have to teach you next year…) and the comments they give you will help you become a better student.
Also, take your marks into consideration. Most reports don’t just give you a mark, they give you a list of things that would have contributed to getting that mark. So, if you see some of those things are worse than the others, try your hardest to improve them so they are up to the standard that you know you are capable of.
Use a planner
Whether you get a notebook-style planner, an app or print out a sheet each week, a planner is a very important and useful thing to have during the whole school year. In semester two, lots of activities, excursions, camps and assignments are presented to you and it is important to track those things and also pencil in time for studying and much-needed breaks.
A planner can also act as a daily to-do list so know everything that needs to be done that day and you can refer back to it if you have forgotten. It is helpful to write in when you have homework due and when you are going to do it, remind yourself of what you need to pack for that day or extra-curricular activities that you might be involved in.
Stay on top of your work
This fits in with using a planner, but it also means listening to the teacher when they are handing out homework, assignments or any work for that lesson, and asking classmates or teachers about any work to catch up on if you are absent for a lesson.
Avoid distractions while working or studying as it is usually hard to refocus yourself so you might not finish the work you set out to do in time. This might mean finding a new place to work or listening to some music through headphones as you work, or finding other methods of staying focused so you can complete your work.
Improve your sleep habits
End of semester usually leaves our sleep schedules a bit messed up, especially this year, so make sure you use the term break to fix it so you are getting the correct amount of sleep for your age.
There are so many benefits to good sleep habits and you will notice how quickly your attention span will lengthen and your stress levels decrease. You will be able to focus during class for longer, and it will even be easier to take tests and even take notes in class.
Study! Study! Study!
Make sure to make time to study hard and effectively. You may think that studying is unnecessary but it is essential to help you retain information so you can ably it in tests and at later points in life.
Make sure to review key points from each lesson at the end of the day or weekend and fit in extra time to review the week before a test. But, never cram the time you have to study (about an hour each session) and remember to take breaks to avoid burnout.
Stay on top of your mental health
As much as studying and learning is important, it is equally important to take breaks for your mental health. So, never study for longer than an hour at a time, sleep well, eat well, get lots of sunlight, manage stress, exercise, connect with others and do things that you enjoy!
The term time can be a very stressful time and it is important to talk to someone if you can’t control it. It’s important to recognise when a bit of stress becomes something deeper, so check out these surveys or these checklists to understand symptoms of mental health conditions.