Three Tips on Starting Your Semester Strong 

Whether you’re beginning your senior year in high school, or second year in college, starting your semester strong is an important foundation for the year! It may seem cliché but being conscientious of how you begin your year can really affect the rest of the semester.

Below are three tips on maintaining an efficient semester!  

Organize & Strategize 

Life gets more hectic once the school year starts! The homework and assignments can start to pile up if you don’t start off on the right foot because you’ll have to start managing your activities, sports, work and homework as the school year goes on!

If you start with good habits, you’ll set a good pace to run the semester in a marathon and not sprinting to finish assignments at the last second. It’s also a good time to strategize for your spring semester and not procrastinate. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from teachers or friends! 


Create a schedule for yourself to follow and really try your best to stay on schedule - this will help you get back into the swing of things. If you map out your assignments beyond just the week ahead, you’ll have the ability to create a roadmap to stay on top of those assignments and you’ll be less likely to feel overwhelmed if you start your projects and papers early on to get ahead. 

If a planner seems like too much work, you can use apps like Evernote or My Study Life to help manage all of the class notes you’ll be taking, and assignments you’ll be completing. 

Stay Ahead of The Game 

Meet with your academic advisor, or academic counselor, within the first month to go over expectations for the year. Check on what courses are left to complete before graduation and keep a checklist of courses that are higher priority that should be completed sooner than later. 


Staying ahead of the game can also relate to studying abroad! If you're contemplating going overseas, it’s never too early to plan for it! You can get organized on which schools offer the study abroad program of your desired choice, and understand what going abroad truly entails.

Make Your Dream of Going Abroad a Reality

If you’re in high school, you don’t necessarily need to wait until college to go abroad! EdOdyssey works with high schools and teachers to create mission-aligned programs so high school students can immerse themselves in cultural experiences. You can go abroad with your friends, make new memories, and get a taste at what international travel is all about. 

If you’re in college, you can contact your study abroad office, or speak with an administrator, to get information on programs available for studying abroad and see if there are peer advisors you can meet with to get more insight into what a semester abroad might look like.

Plan ahead about where you might want to travel to, so that you can keep in mind what language classes will be required or which semesters are available to apply for. 

Curious how studying abroad impacts a student’s life? Check out Finding the True Meaning Behind Studying Abroad to read on about an EdOdyssey Alumni’s experience overseas.