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Beginning a new semester - tips

  1. Jan 5, 2009 #1
    Hey,

    For most of us undergraduates, it's that time to start a new semester of school. I was just curious as to what "rituals" you may have found successful in preparing yourself for a new term. Anything related to organizing yourself, overviewing the material in any particular way, talking to professors, other students, etc. I want to start the semester with the feeling of purpose or a plan instead of just jumping blindly into the work.

    Thanks
     
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  3. Jan 5, 2009 #2
    I email professors and ask for a rough syllabus outline for classes I expect to be particularly difficult. I try to get an "idea" of what's going on for the major sections of the semester.

    If I have more time, I try to get a "good" grasp of the concepts that will be covered early in the semester so that I can stay ahead of the curve.
     
  4. Jan 5, 2009 #3
    After reading textbooks ahead of the class, I have to say, the best ritual for getting back into the semester is enjoying the vacation.
    Seriously, it's good advice and I'm not exactly a lazy student either, so don't disregard it.
     
  5. Jan 5, 2009 #4

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    There was a great thread with some especially good study tips a while back. I did a quick PF search to see if I could find it, but didn't have the time to go through the hit list. Maybe read through these threads to see what pearls you can find:

    https://www.physicsforums.com/search.php?searchid=1413234
     
  6. Jan 6, 2009 #5
    for what did you search? I'm just getting a "sorry - no matches found" page.
     
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