Students in the last month of the semester may often seem quite different than they did in the first month.
After midterms may be the time when students and instructors alike begin to feel fatigued, but this time is the most important. Share these tips with your students for staying strong until the end.
Stay tuned in to your class all the way until you receive your final grade. Make sure you know what’s coming up, that you have all of your materials, and know what is going to be expected from you for the duration of the course. If you’re not sure where you stand on your grades or expectations, ask to meet with your instructor during office hours or an individual meeting.
Many courses have some online component, which may include an LMS and/or a discussion board. Don’t put off logging into your classroom dashboard to keep an eye on the discussion board and any announcements.
Review due dates
You may have plugged all your due dates into your calendar or planner at the beginning of the semester based on your syllabus, but it’s time to double check them. Due dates can shift throughout the semester and assignments can be added or removed.
Before you find yourself in trouble by completing the wrong assignment or having an assignment be late, confirm that your calendar is up-to-date. Be sure to listen in class for schedule changes and ask a classmate or the instructor if you’re unsure. If your class is online, check all the latest due dates, the announcements, and the discussion board to ensure that you haven’t missed any updates.
Go to class
You’ve made it this far; now is not the time to start skipping class. Even if your grade is in a good place, the last several weeks of the semester are make-or-break for your final grade.
This also means that if you have been guilty of skipping class in the past, you still have a chance to get back on track by attending every class session, engaging in discussion, and taking in additional opportunities presented to you such as study sessions.
Keep in touch with classmates
Make sure to stay in touch with at least one other classmate from each of your classes. November and December are unfortunately the time of year that many students find themselves sick with severe colds or the flu, which may keep you out of class.
If this happens, let your instructor know as soon as possible that you won’t be able to attend and ask if he or she can supply you with notes or instruction for the lesson. If they can’t, your classmate may be able to share their notes and hints with you.