Spring classes not love at first sight? Here are some ways to get the sparks flying.
When you start dating someone, especially in the beginning, you better be on your best behavior. This means, listening to all of the stories, nodding your head when appropriate, laughing on cue, asking deep questions. All of which you cannot do if you are busy live tweeting the waiter’s sarcastic comments, instagramming your food, or taking quizzes to find out which historical figure has your same zodiac sign. The same goes for your classes. When you are in class, give it your full attention.
- If you have to use your computer, turn the internet off so you aren’t tempted to go online.
- Sit close to the front of the class, it makes it easier to pay attention.
- When you don’t understand something, ask a question. It shows your interest.
The quality time you spend with your classes now will only make it easier to succeed later in the semester.
Believe it or not, you CAN make your study sessions fun! Instead of rolling your eyes at the thought of another afternoon in the library, try to think of it as going on a date with your classes. When you go on a date, you don’t always want to go to the same place every time. The same can be true for studying. Mix it up! Spend an afternoon with your class materials in Starbucks. You can sip coffee, grab a snack, and listen to music as you read through your notes. Hungry for dinner? Take your notes with you! If you mix studying with something enjoyable, you may actually find yourself looking forward to your study dates! So, when is your next study date going to be? Try planning one each week this semester.
It may not be love at first sight, but after giving your classes some time you may find that you will start to warm up to them and you may just hit it off.
Academic Achievement Center