It’s the start of another phase in your life and we trust you’re settling in quite nicely in school. Everything might seem really new and you just might be wondering how you’d make it through the next four years. We’d say that shouldn’t be a worry because we can assure you that we’d be with you every step of the way.
Hangout with Older Students and Peer Mentors - This is your first year at the university and the beginning of your journey towards a great future. The first step however would be for you to get to meet with and build relationships with other amazing people in your university. To make this possible, there’d be a freshers’ hangout where you would meet other students just like you. At the hangout, you’d meet senior students with whom you may share your experiences and expectations for guidance. You’d also meet other junior students with whom you can start to build a great circle of friends at your school.
Developing a Study Plan - Earning good grades will impact positively on the achievement of your career goals. This is why you need a study plan to help you excel in school. To develop your study plan, you would have to work closely with your mentor to;
Determine your academic goals for the year. (What courses do you want to take, which subjects are important to achieve your dream career?)
Complete this test to find out what type of learner you are.
Develop a study plan. (The plan should be based on your academic goals and your study style. Here are some resources to help).
Preparing for First Semester Examinations- To excel at school, you will need to do well in your exams. You can only do well if you take time to prepare for them. While you prepare for your exams, it would be great that you discuss any problems you may face and worries you may have about your upcoming exams with your mentor.
Evaluating for Success -It’s a new semester and the time to put strategies in place to improve on the results gotten last semester is now. There were things you did last semester that helped that you know you must repeat this semester and there were things you did last semester that did not help and you would need to change or improve on.
This month, you’d be looking at doing a self-assessment and putting strategies in place to improve on key performance indicators where your academics is concerned.
Learning the Basics of Resource Management (Time) - Time is an essential resource for which you need to gain mastery if you must excel in your academics. This month, you’d be reading on different ways to effectively manage your time and meeting with other students at BCM to discus the strategies you’re employing in managing your time.
Based on what you learn, you’d be required to draw up a time quadrant in which you’d segment the different aspects of your life and daily activities into urgent, important and not so important.
Learning the Basics of Resource Management (Money) - So you get stipends every month! But your needs seem to be on the increase and you wonder at the end of the day where all the money went and it’s like five days to the end of the month and you can’t wait for the next stipend to drop. Financial sufficiency and independence is not necessarily about how much you earn but more about what you do with what you earn.
This month, you’d be learning the basics of money management and exposed to the rudiments of drawing and sticking to a budget as well as how to save no matter how little you earn.
Preparing for Second Semester Examinations- To excel at school, you will need to do well in your exams. You can only do well if you take time to prepare for them. While you prepare for your exams, it would be great that you discuss any problems you may face and worries you may have about your upcoming exams with your mentor.
Volunteering - Volunteering is great! It gives you the opportunity to gain experiences that would transform you as a person and prepare you for the world of work. What’s even greater is that having these experiences nicely crafted on your resume will help you stand out, make you seem like a real-life, three-dimensional person, and give hiring managers a better idea of what makes you tick.
So this month, you’re going to be identifying a volunteer position and signing up for one.
Introspection and Reflection - After the academic year, it would be great to take some time off to analyze how the year went and plan for the upcoming year. Be sure to work with your mentor to take stock of the year. (This would include all activities undertaken, successes and failures as well as implementation reports.)