It’s that time of year again! Winter break is now over and if you’re a post-secondary student your classes probably started on January 5th, 2017. For elementary, secondary students, and some college students you might have had your first day on January 9th, 2017. If you’re a University of Manitoba student, though, your classes won’t have started until January 18, 2017. Winter term start is a little disjointed between schools this year, but that’s okay. All students coming back, or maybe just starting, winter term all have one thing in common: getting back into the groove of school. Another thing you all have in common? Being buried under snow. Hope you have snowshoes!
Getting Your Rhythm Back for Winter Term
Any break in a routine can be difficult to overcome. Whatever the reason for your break you’ve got to put effort and focus on getting back to where you were before you left. The hardest thing for a lot of students returning to classes is remembering just what their routine was. This lapse of routine means your sleep patterns may or may not be a little crazy right now.
With a new semester comes new classes. Maybe your 8am class has been replaced with a nice 10am one. Maybe that Thursday where you had four classes in one day has been chopped up to be a bit more manageable. If that’s the case, that’s awesome! Winter term is that prime opportunity to learn from potential mistakes from last term and work on getting a better system into play. You can also learn from what did work and try to replicate that too.
If there was anything you hated about last term, write it down. It might sound silly, but if you write it down and really look at the issue, you might be able to find a strategy to keep yourself from repeating yourself in winter term. Instead of agonizing over how you could have or should have done things differently, focus on what you can do now to make things better. You don’t have a time machine, so you can’t really go back and change things (thought wouldn’t that be awesome?!).
You Are Not Alone
You won’t be the only student having to rejig their routine or process in order to jive with a new term. Yours truly and one of our other Navigators are also part-time students this term! So we definitely get that juggling classes, a life (wait, what’s that?) and work can be exhausting. This is where having a breather now and then can come in handy. Some people like to schedule coffee dates and some people take part in a hobby or activity. Also check out what your student services might be doing to help enhance (or remember) your study skills:
It’s important to focus on the methods that work for you. Not everyone comes back to classes in the same frame of mind or with the same goals. Don’t be afraid to touch-base with an academic advisor if you’re struggling. It’s completely normal to flounder at the beginning of a term. If you can manage to relax, you’ll see that you can swim.
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