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Jun 28 2012
Keys to a Successful Semester
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There are things to keep in mind when starting a new semester.  Here are my top five tips:

  1. Don’t procrastinate. 
    Our semesters are only 11 weeks and it goes really quick.  Putting off that 15 page paper which covers comprehensive material from the semester can be daunting at the end.  If you do a little bit of work each week, it doesn’t get so overwhelming in weeks 9 and 10.
  2. Get to know your classmates. 
    Walsh students have diverse cultural backgrounds and work experiences.  You’d be surprised by the amount of wealth of experience and knowledge in your classes!  Get to know them.  Ask questions.  You can learn a lot about others and networking can sometimes lead to career opportunities.
  3. Learn to work as a team. 
    The College really prepares you for the real-world.  Many classes have team work and you don’t always get to hand pick your team members.  Everyone has different viewpoints and backgrounds.  Sometimes tensions can flare because of different work styles and personalities. 

    When meeting the first time discuss what everyone’s strong points are:  strong communication skills = leader, fabulous writer = report writer, analytical = interpreting statistical data.  You’re put in a team, because the work can’t be done by one person.  Finding this out early will save you a lot of grief in the end.  A person told me this morning, “There is no “I” in TEAM.”
  4. Ask questions.
    Sure you can learn material by an instructor lecturing, but there are additional things you can take away by asking questions.  Walsh faculty encourages classroom discussion and questions.  Asking questions can help you understand the material better and make the difference in your final grade.
  5. Embrace technology.
    Technology has drastically changed in the last 5-10 years.  The way we communicate with instructors, read course material, submit homework, etc.  Being open to learning new technologies can only help you in the classroom, at home, and in your career. 

    I’ve learned that it is critical to keeping an open mind and occasionally upgrade to new gadgets.  You are more knowledgeable about what is going on.  People will come to you for advice and start a conversation. 

Many of this may seem like common sense.  Although being thru a degree program at Walsh myself, I’ve learned a few things.  I think you would find that other alums would agree.

What would be your top five tips to a successful semester?  Why?


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