It’s time to start off fall semester! As I’m watching some of my friends just starting their semester, and I just have one more week until classes start, I thought I’d share my tips for back to school.
Textbooks are always a big thing to think about! They can be so expensive. At the school I go to, we are able to look up which books we need on our bookstore website and then we can rent or buy them right off the website or go into the store. Luckily, I learned before freshman year that they way overprice them! For the past three semesters, I’ve ordered my books from either chegg.com or amazon.com. This is where they will be the cheapest. Make sure you get the ISBN numbers of all your books to ensure you’re getting the right edition. If you’re not big on writing/highlighting in your textbooks, I would suggest renting them. Otherwise, you can buy them, as the prices shouldn’t be too bad on these sites. If you don’t mind reading online, you could save money buying the online versions of textbooks too!
This is the plural for syllabus…in case you have yet to hear that! But anyways, make sure you get your syllabus for every class. Sometimes professors will hand them out during the first week a.ka. syllabus week, otherwise look online and you may have to print them off. These are truly a life saver if you actually look through them and keep them throughout the semester. Be sure to know the professors grading policies and how they weight homework vs. exams. Most syllabi will have all of your assignments and due dates on them. If you’re a freshman, get used to your professors not explaining the homework for the week. Check your syllabus to keep track of your homework and when you should start studying for tests!
Notebooks and Folders
These are key for having a successful semester. My advice is to really make sure you take good notes during all of your classes. For my classes like microeconomics, it would always help me to draw out supply and demand graphs for certain situations. In accounting, I would write out how to solve problems we did in class. Figure out what works for each class and keep at it! I love these Mead Five Star notebooks. They have a plastic cover, which is so nice when you’re constantly grabbing it out of your backpack—you never have to worry about ripping! I also buy the Mead Five Star folders because I feel like paper folders rip after less than a month. Some little sticky tabs are always nice too so you can mark notes or pages in your textbook that are important when you’re studying.
As for backpacks, in high school I would always go for the cutesy backpacks, but these usually aren’t the best for college. I am all for style, but for me in college it’s been more important to have a backpack that has comfy straps and is big enough to hold everything you need. I love my Adidas backpack (maybe it’s not quite as stylish, but sporty is cute too)! It has a special padded pocket to carry my laptop and even has an insulated pocket in front in case you want to bring a sandwich or snack to class and keep it cool.
If you take care of these things right away, you should be in for a successful semester! Good luck at school this year and I hope your classes go great.
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