Semester guide: How to do it right – from the beginning

Semester guide: How to do it right – from the beginning

Whether it is your first semester or your last semester in college, the beginning of a new term means you are back at square one.  Prepare for the semester and you will be off to a great start.

We at peerTransfer have a few great tips to get you into the right mindset!

Time Management

We cannot say it often enough, time management and organization is key for every good start. Make sure to plan ahead and use a calendar to track your activities, classes, homework and study sessions. Prioritize your tasks and avoid overload or unreachable goals.

Reasonable course load

You might think that taking 20+ units sounds great in theory, however, it will probably backfire on you along the way.  The heavy course load might have a negative impact on your grades while you’re trying to maintain a healthy life balance.  If you cannot avoid a heavy course load, then it may not be a bad idea to cut down on your other activities, to ensure you can achieve your goals.


You should make sure you always have access to the necessary study materials. Whether you buy your textbooks, use the library or online versions, make sure they are available to you so you don’t fall behind on your reading and stay on top of your homework.

Life Balance

A healthy amount of non class involvement should be on every student’s agenda.  Whether you’re joining a club, a sports team or you volunteer somewhere, you should make sure to do something that will keep you mind and body balanced.


You may be a straight A student, however, if you are not on top of your financial situation, you won’t be able to finish the semester. Make sure your fixed costs are paid, you have enough money in the bank, and to make sure you have paid your tuitions!

Let us know if you have any questions or would like to share more tips and tricks in the comments below!

Have a great semester!

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