Many students dread the thought of returning to college after summer break. In the midst of summer BBQs, pool parties, and bouts of free time, it can be easy to forget about college. Transitioning from homework-free, fun-filled, and sleep-till-noon summer days to studying, early morning classes and college structure can be challenging. Here’s how to bounce back from summer break successfully and have a blast doing it!
- Establish a Sleep Schedule
Do you love summer because you can roll out of bed at noon? Whether you wake up at noon or nine, summer throws your sleep patterns way out of whack. The time to reset your alarm clock and get to bed at a decent time starts now! Set yourself up for a successful semester by getting used to going to bed and getting up early. Focus on getting between 7-8 hours of sleep each night to increase your concentration and focus in school.
- Get Free Stuff
Learn about the services that you can use for free!!! Did you know that Towson University has tutoring, coaching, and writing services available to you for FREE?? The Academic Achievement Center offers free tutoring in many 100- and 200-level courses. Having a tutor is a great way to enhance your learning at Towson and get the grades you want! Attend an AAC workshop to learn methods for note-taking, memorization, conducting presentations, using apps in college, and more! Strengthen your writing at the TU Writing Lab or get a student leadership certificate with Student Activities. Bounce back from summer break and into a successful semester by using these services (did we mention that they’re FREE?).
It is easy to get used to summer’s care free ways of going with the flow, but now it’s time to get back to having a set schedule with a written guide. This is where a planner comes in handy. Now is the time to get yourself a planner and write down key dates for the semester like add/drop date, withdraw date, thanksgiving break, and final exam schedules. All of these dates can be found on the University Academic Calendar. Once the semester gets underway and you receive your syllabi you can add more dates like mid-terms, quizzes, and assignment due dates to your planner.
I know a lot of people like to wait until classes start to buy their books to make sure they don’t waste their money on books that aren’t necessary. However, the bookstore provides a list of mandatory and suggested books for each course. Now is the time to start planning on how you are going to purchase your books, whether it is at the bookstore or online. It is important to have the materials that you need for the first week of classes so that you don’t fall behind from the start.
Lastly don’t forget to enjoy the remainder of your summer!