10 Ways to Have Your Best College Semester Ever

10 Ways to Have Your Best College Semester Ever

Whether you’ve just started the university semester, or you’re already a month or two into it, it’s always a good idea to pinpoint the best and the worst habits you’ve developed.

This ESL lesson will improve your English and give you some great tips to not only get get good grades, but get the most out of your college year.

Best Semester- Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

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1. Why are the students standing in a line?

2. Can you guess which course the students are taking?

3. What type of gesture is the professor making?

4. What grade would you say the girl received?

5. Do your professors return tests or papers to students in this manner?

Best Semester- Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. Which class are you doing the best in and why?

  • Science
  • Business
  • English
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Other

2. Which class are you doing the worst in and why?

  • Science
  • Business
  • English
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Other

3. What are your goals this semester? Choose all that apply

  • Get good grades
  • Hand in papers on time
  • Make new friends
  • Find a boyfriend/girlfriend
  • Eat well
  • Lose weight
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Don’t miss classes
  • Find a part time job
  • Other

4. How do you keep your class schedule, assignments, tests, and activities organized in college?

  • I have a day planner book
  • I use my laptop, tablet or smartphone
  • I write everything on a calendar on the wall
  • I’m not organized
  • Other

5. What do you know about your professor(s)? Choose all that apply.

  • Name
  • Age
  • Years teaching
  • Career background
  • Types of degrees held
  • Organizations he/she belongs to
  • Books they’ve written
  • Research they’ve done
  • Awards they’ve been given
  • Other

6. How many times have you spoken up in class / public this semester?

  • Never
  • Once
  • Several times

7. What school clubs have you joined?

  • Study club
  • Volunteer group
  • Sports group
  • Student union
  • Other

8. What self improvement courses are available for you to take on campus?

  • Writing
  • Studying
  • Productivity
  • Test taking
  • Speed reading
  • Presenting
  • None

9. Who could you ask to be your mentor in college?

  • An academic
  • A researcher
  • A teaching assistant
  • An administrator
  • A business person
  • An alumni
  • A retired professor
  • A senior student (same faculty)
  • A parent
  • Other

 10. After you complete your mid terms or final exams how do you unwind?

  • Go for a beer / coffee with classmates
  • Go out for dinner with friends
  • Go home and hang out with my family
  • Go see my girlfriend / boyfriend
  • Go and do my personal hobby
  • Other

Best Semester – Part III: Share Your Opinions

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Best Semester – Discuss the Photo

1. Do you think she has a personal data plan with her laptop?

2. Does your college have free on-campus wifi?

3. How often do you study or do homework outside?

Best Semester – More Discussion

Below are some effective ways to ensure you have a productive and meaningful college semester.

Read through the list of ten tips below and choose which ones you aren’t doing now, which ones you are doing, and which ones you could improve. Be prepared to discuss your choices with your instructor and classmates.

10  Ways to Have Your Best College Semester Ever

  • Make a to do list and organize by assignments, appointments, events, club activities and carry it everywhere
  • Review your lists of papers, tests, classes and goals weekly
  • Pick a place in your dorm room or bedroom and keep all assignments, term papers, books and resources there for easy access.
  • Find a mentor who inspires you
  • Get to know your professor and make a relationship
  • Sign up for a writing workshop, study group, or free tutoring
  • Join something (sports team, club, volunteer)
  • Speak up more in class to build confidence
  • Set short term goals for the semester (not just grades)
  • Find a proper balance between study and play

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10 Ways to Have Your Best Semester Ever

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