Students maintaining rhythm

Allen Glines


Staying on top of assignments and exams is all a matter of a student’s ability to get in a comfortable rhythm.

As each semester gets underway, students have to familiarize themselves with their new teachers’ expectations and the workload that each course demands.

During the first couple weeks of a semester, it might be difficult for a student to get going, especially if they have had a lot of time off.

There’s nothing wrong with taking a break from school from time to time; however, the longer a break a student takes, the harder it becomes for them to get into an academic frame of mind.

In order for a student to maintain rhythm, they should attend every semester in an academic year. It doesn’t matter whether they’re full-time or part-time. As long as they have something on their schedule, they won’t lose sight of what’s expected of them.

Students who haven’t been to school in several months or years have a difficult time finding their rhythm. Schools change so rapidly each year. It’s hard to imagine how much a school changes over a period of several years.

The best way to maintain a good rhythm is to stick to a schedule. Work ahead where possible. Approach each class on an assignment-by-assignment basis rather than looking at what needs to be accomplished over the entire semester.

It’s important for students who have several classes on their schedule to look at their classes individually. Do what’s required for one class before you move onto the next. Avoid working on several assignments at the same time, especially if they come from different subjects, to avoid confusion.

A student needs to be aware of their teachers’ expectations while they’re trying to find their rhythm. Every teacher demands different things from their students. These demands become more prominent as the student advances through their courses.

Teachers are also responsible for setting the pace of their classes; therefore, it’s the responsibility of the students to follow this pace. Whether the students are comfortable with this pace or not is irrelevant. Students will find that it’s wise to figure out ways to adapt as they move through their academic career.

Any time a student falls flat at the start of a semester it might be the result of the fact that they’re approaching their studies cold. There’s no warm-up period when it comes to the beginning of a semester in college. You have to get going or risk getting swept away. Hiccups are bound to happen along the way. The key is for students to not get frustrated or feel frantic when things aren’t going right. Over the course of a semester, they have more than enough time to regroup and finish strong.