Start your semester right with tips from SAN

Posted on Aug 19, 2019 in News

New semester tips from KU Student Alumni Network

A new school year is here already, and with it comes a fresh start and new classes. Here are some tips for KU Student Alumni Network members to get your semester off to the right start.

Getting organized

Everyone says get organized; we’ll show you how to actually do it. Pick out a folder or a notebook for each class, but be prepared to switch it up to fit the class structure. Don’t just shove papers into your backpack, you might not see them again. If a professor publishes slides on Blackboard, find free printing on campus and take notes on the slides instead of writing down the info from the slides.

Textbook tips

Write down what textbooks each class asks for, and check prices at the KU Bookstore compared to online retailers. You can use the KU Bookstore’s comparison tool or do it yourself. And remember: keep your receipt if you buy from KU. You can return a textbook until September 16 with the receipt.

Master your schedule

We hope you spent some time optimizing your schedule for what works for you. Whatever you ended up with, let’s make it work. Set your schedule as your phone background for the first week. Leave extra time to get to classes if they are in unfamiliar buildings.

Most importantly, plan out your time between classes. Find some time to get to the library or wherever you study if you have a break, or swing by the Rec before it gets flooded. Don’t go home between every class; you might be tempted to stay there.

Get to know your classmates

Don’t worry if you don’t know many people in a class; chances are your peers don’t either. Use the first week to talk with people sitting around you. It might come in handy when you need to pick partners for a group project, study for a test, or catch up after a missed class.

Office hours

Everyone tells you to take advantage of them, but do us a favor and do it right. You don’t have to parade in at the first possible opportunity with no plan. If you’re going to use your professor’s time, make it count. Start by introducing yourself after class on the first day to put a name to a face, and come in later with a real question about the class, or even better, the material. Showing a genuine interest in learning the concepts is the best way to stand out.

We hope this tips help you get your semester off to a great start! Have tips to add? Let us know at

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