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3 Tips for Starting a New Semester Strong

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3 Tips for Starting a New Semester Strong 

Block schedules offer high school students the opportunity to focus their attention on fewer classes per day and allocate more of their time to exploring in-depth lessons and activities. Another excellent benefit of this schedule is the 2-semester school year calendar, which mimics that of most colleges and universities. That said, the semester transition in January can provide challenges as everyone attempts to navigate wrapping up previous coursework and preparing for a new schedule. If the semester change is managed well, however, it can be a wonderful chance to reflect and re-energize. Here are 3 Tips for Starting a New Semester Strong that should prove helpful for students, educators, and parents alike.

1. Set Your Intentions 

Setting intentions is a mindful practice in evaluating where you are and where you want to go. It helps you to leave last semester behind and look forward. Create a positive vision for your future in this new semester. What do you want to accomplish? What healthy behavior do you want to adopt? What would you like to learn? Your intention is personal and doesn’t need to be shared with anyone, but you should write it down somewhere for your own accountability. As the semester progresses, check in with your intention and reflect on your growth. 

2. Establish a New Routine 

We are creatures of habit. Look around the hallways on any given day and you’ll see proof in the movements and behavior of those around you. Many people like to congregate in the same place before the first bell, walk the same paths between classes, chat with the same friends along the way, grab the same snack from The Commons, and sit in the same seat in study hall (even when they’re not assigned). Starting a new semester puts all those habits in flux. Embrace the change and establish a new routine quickly. Take time during that first week to figure out where you want to spend community lunch time, how you’ll balance the requirements of new courses, and when you’ll complete homework and study.  

3. Make a Great First Impression 

The power of a first impression cannot be overstated. The transition to second semester gives you the chance to meet new teachers and peers. Whether you’re incredibly outgoing or introverted and reserved, bring a positive attitude to these first exchanges. Participate in class, get to know your new classmates, and ask thoughtful questions. If you bring openness, understanding, and inquisitiveness to the start of a new class, you’re bound to set the tone for a successful semester.