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4 Strategies For A Successful Semester

4 Strategies For A Successful Semester

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Second semester is coupled with the beginning of a new year and a new opportunity to build on lessons learned from the fall semester. While many students return to the second term excited for new classes and connecting with friends, for many students the beginning of a new semester can be accompanied by concerns about a return to the stress of school. Building on the research of Dr. Amy Baldwin, University of Central Arkansas, we share four strategies students can use to have a positive start to the semester and ultimately a successful end to the school year.

1. Becoming Comfortable Asking For Help

One of the most important strategies students can adopt to have a successful academic experience is becoming comfortable with asking for help, whether that is reaching out to a faculty, staff member or fellow student. Students can practice asking for assistance with a trusted friend, tutor, or advisor. Sometimes asking for help in an email is less intimidating than asking in person. Coach students about the importance of asking for help as well as different ways to approach these conversations. 

2. Learning To Handle Procrastination

Everyone is prone to procrastination! Research shows that students often underestimate the length of time assignments will take to complete and are unsure of how to structure their time outside of class. Rather than making students feel bad about this very human tendency, provide coaching resources, like this one, to support students to understand why they procrastinate and strategies for addressing procrastinatory behaviors. Short videos can help students learn techniques like the Pomodoro method and time chunking that they can immediately apply to addressing time management and procrastination this semester.

3. Addressing Loneliness

Over 60% of surveyed college students cited that they felt very lonely in the past year. College students, coming out of pandemic learning, are struggling to feel connected and make friends. Parents, faculty, tutors, advisors, and staff such as residence hall directors can coach students on how to feel more connected and share the benefits of getting involved in school be that clubs, organizations or taking on roles like tutoring and mentoring.

4. Finding Support For Anxiety

71% of all students said they were struggling with stress, anxiety and depression in a recent survey by TimelyMD. Guiding our students to resources and strategies for addressing anxiety is critically important to their success in the second semester. Faculty, staff, parents and families can learn more about helping an anxious student with this video. They can also remind their students about campus mental health resources and share stress management strategies like those found in this introductory video.

To learn more about how to support students for a successful second semester, join us on February 27 for Addressing Concerns Of First-Year Students: Online Intervention Strategies & Resources as Amy Baldwin shares her research, expertise and insights into how we can best support students to have a successful spring term! 

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By Meg Foster
Online Learning & Design Specialist - Consultant


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