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How to Rebound After a Disappointing First Semester

March 24th, 2018 by Grace Dickins

There are a variety of reasons that you may have had a disappointing first semester. Maybe you were too involved with other campus activities. Maybe you found your course load overwhelming. Whatever the reason may be, the good news is that all is not lost. Just because you had a disappointing first semester doesn't mean you can't step up your game and do better next time.

Don't Give Up

Whatever you do, don't lose your confidence. Since it's your first semester at university, you are probably enrolled mostly in general education classes. As such, you may not have an interest in some of the subjects you're studying. Regardless, try to realise that each class is important.

Manage Your Time

Learn how to manage your time in the way that works best for you. If you want to get a planner to write everything down, do so. Make a list of everything to be done, and determine when you can do it in your schedule. You will soon understand how crucial time management is to your academic and personal success. This doesn't mean you have to give up your social life; you just need to find a balance.


Prioritisation goes hand-in-hand with time management. Make a list of all the deadlines for upcoming papers, projects, tests, etc. Which ones have a greater impact on your grade? Which require more planning? Get the most important things done first, and then work your way down the list.

Remember Why You're at University

You are in university because you want to be. Also, remember that you or someone else paid for you to be where you are. It should be enjoyable, but it involves a lot of work, too. You have to earn your degree; it will not just be handed to you because you paid tuition. If you are struggling in a particular class and need help, ask for it.

Don't Try to Be Perfect

Aspire to be great, not perfect. Everyone has flaws. If you strive for perfection, you will end up disappointing yourself. Perfection is not a healthy goal; it only results in frustration.

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