1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Beginning a new semester - tips

  1. Jan 5, 2009 #1

    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.

  2. jcsd
  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


    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    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 [Broken]
    Last edited by a moderator: May 3, 2017
  6. Jan 6, 2009 #5
    for what did you search? I'm just getting a "sorry - no matches found" page.
    Last edited by a moderator: May 3, 2017
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook