2011 is behind us and now we’ve embarked on a new year, 2012.
Last year was a pretty good year, especially for me in academia. As many students can attest, the beginning of a new semester can bring with it, new challenges, fresh perspectives and even elevated stresses.
In my experience, as a mom, full-time employee and part-time online student – organization is key. (Notice how I rated all of my responsibilities).
First, before registration begins, I discuss my registration options with my academic advisor. Who in my view, is a pretty awesome lady! I know sometimes we feel that we’re capable of doing the basic things on our own such as applying to the classes of our choice – but in order to fully take advantage of your highest potential, it’s always a good practice to seek out help from an advisor who can view your strengths and weaknesses before making a recommendation.
This tactic proved to be very successful thus far. And while I can’t say there weren’t times when I wanted to give up, my adviser was there to lead me in the right direction.
Second, communication is vital. Communication is a means by which two or more people interact. If you find there’s trouble lurking or that you’re not quite sure how to get an assignment completed, talk to your professor – they’re the first point of contact. The staff at SPS are truly great at responding to the needs of their students. Being an adult can sometimes make you feel like you shouldn’t ask for help. Well, I couldn’t disagree more.
That’s the whole point of communicating!
At times home life, work and school can wear on you as an individual. But the way to come out on top is to ask for help when it is needed. I’ve also found that communicating with classmates has proven to be fruitful. For the past two semesters, I’ve met some really nice people on blackboard.
Third, networking is essential. Find at least one classmate in every class that you stay in contact with, in case you’re unable to attend class or have to travel for work or family related issues. This can serve as a backup plan. Remember, we’re adults and should be able manage our schedules accordingly. (Especially since we do it for our children and jobs)!
Don’t neglect your responsibilities.
Fourth, stay on track with all assignments. Again, this is as essential as any other item I’ve listed. Staying on track with assignments will keep you focused and also help you to remain in sync with quizzes, tests and projects, to which a portion of your final grade can/will be affected. I’ve found, when I see myself falling behind, I remain in contact with my professor. Look things happen, this isn’t a perfect world we live in. It’s the professors decision to delay or extend a due date. At most, they’re willing to help to if you keep them abreast of the issues. If that isn’t feasible, ask your professor if they’re assigning extra credit. I recommend all students take advantage of these extra points, since you never know what may happen down the road.
Points do add up!
Your experience is what you make it. Get ready, get set, and go!