Schools Training

Student Guide to Making the Most of Your Semester

8 JAN 2014

Many students start the school year filled with endless amount of hope and ambition, yet just as many who start out hopeful end up dropping out. Why? There are many reasons, however just taking the time to plan your future and to decide the career path you would like to take and will give you the motivation to get through the semester, as well as the next few years of school.

Decide on your career based on what you would like to do, and not based on what your parents would like for you to do. Even though it will be difficult (and sometimes painful!) to claim your independence, you’re the one who will have to live your life. Taking the time to read Canadian education news is a great way to learn about how other students are getting through their school year.  With that in mind we’ve compiled a list of life lessons that any student, whether they’re in their first year or last year of school can benefit from.

Find Your Motivation

It’s true that we all have days where we feel unmotivated.  If you’re feeling unmotivated more often than not, then it’s time to re-evaluate the program that you’re studying. If sitting through lectures about human rights issues doesn’t appeal to you, then most likely working as a human rights lawyer won’t be the career best choice. The hardest part about school isn’t being smart enough to get through it; it’s having enough motivation to do it. To help you find motivation be sure to take a look at your school directory of classes offered to help you plan (and get excited for!) the upcoming academic year.

Set Clear Goals

It’s not enough to set a goal, since having a vague and undefined goal isn’t enough to make it happen. It’s important once you’ve set a goal to also have a plan of action how to make that goal happen. For example if one of your goals during the school year is to build an engine from scratch, then you’ll need to plan how to obtain parts and how your budget will be able to fit all of this in. Every goal has factors that should be considered in how that goal will be accomplished.

Engage in Class Discussions

Though it can be intimidating for some to speak up in front of a classroom full of other students who may not share their opinion, engaging in discussion is the best way to learn a subject and to grow intellectually. That being said, part of engaging in class discussions involves regularly attending class and actually paying attention. If you’re not feeling confident enough about the subject, then take the time to read up on your upcoming class topic beforehand. Educational articles are a great place to start.

Get Involved

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to find out that the more you are involved on campus, the more connected that you will feel to school life. As well, getting involved on campus in a great way to meet other like minded students, gain experience and develop professional relationships with your peers through networking.

Finally, whether your program is a short 1-year intensive program or a 4-year academically focused degree, taking the time to make the most of your education will ensure that you’ll get the most out of it. Enjoy it while it lasts!