Starting the Term Strong

Welcome! Here you will find resources and strategies to begin the term strong.

Starting the term strong will provide a solid foundation for the rest of the academic year. In addition to using these tools and strategies to prepare for classes, be sure to ask questions and reach out to your instructors, classmates, academic advisor, and Learning Center staff and tutors for support.

Downloadable Resource: Weekly Planning Calendar [PDF]

Video: What Is the Learning Center?

Video: How to Stay Ahead

Video: Planning your Semester

Additional Planning Documents

A thumbnail image link to the Learning Center resource: Organization Skills Quiz

Organizational Skills Quiz and Tips

A thumbnail image link to the Learning Center resource: Blank Semester Planning Template

Semester Plan Template (Blank)

How to get the most out of this semester plan template:

  1. Add all your courses to the columns across the top of the document.
  2. Optional: Add the date range of each week.
  3. Take all of your syllabi and add all the due dates for big assignments, exams, and projects under each course and in the row of the week that it is due. Use the ‘Notes’ column to add any additional events or commitments you have that week.
  4. Make a habit of looking at this at least twice per week. At the beginning of the week to plan the week ahead (use the weekly calendar) and toward the end of the week to see what the following week looks like. Print it out or keep it on your desktop for easy access each week.

This Semester Plan should help you prepare and plan for the heavy weeks, weeks when you have many assignments, projects, etc., so you can work ahead. Stop by the Learning Center if you have any questions on how to use this document.

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