This is your second year at the university and you already have a feel about university life and being a university student. The goal this year to keep the tempo from last year up and improve on any areas you might need to improve on.
Hangout with Freshers and Peer Mentors - Senior students would be present at this month’s BCM hangout and they’d be sharing their experiences regarding their academics and student life in general as well as how they were able to overcome challenges and remain among the best students in their respective programs. Not only would you be gaining so much, you’d have the opportunity to build great networks with fresh older students while learning from each other.
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 grade/GPA do you intend to have at your point of graduation? What courses are most relevant for your chosen career path?
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). Click here for more information on how to go about developing a study plan.
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 your examinations. 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. Below are some resources to guide you.
Evaluating for Success -It’s a new semester and the time to put strategies in place to improve on the results gotten last semester. There were things you did last semester that helped and things you did that did not help. It is time to identify these things and decide what things you’d keep doing and what things you’d stop doing. This month, you’d be evaluating the previous semester and putting strategies in place to improve on key performance indicators where your academics is concerned. To this end, you’d be required to work hand in hand with your mentor to accomplish the following tasks.
Make a list of things you did last semester that you are proud of.
Make a list of things you did last semester that you hope to improve on.
Write out your goal(s) for this semester.
Make a plan to make this semester better than last semester.
Learning the Basics of Effective Communication - Relationships are built and can be maintained by positive encounters with others. Communication will be key to this process – without effective skills, it will be difficult to properly construct and foster productive relationships. So the focus this month would be on learning the basis of effective communication. You’d be required to work closely with your mentor to accomplish the tasks below.
Learning the Basics of Etiquette - The first five to seven seconds after you meet someone are crucial. Your first impression lingers in the other person's mind long after you are gone. If you use proper etiquette, that first impression will be a positive one. In any working situation, you are perceived as more capable, more professional, and more intelligent if you are familiar with the proper code of conduct for the workplace.
Therefore, you’d be learning the basics of etiquette this month and sending in a report on how you intend to adopt these practices in your everyday life.
Preparing for Second Semester Examinations- This month you’d be focusing on getting prepared for your end of semester examination. 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. Below are some resources to guide you.
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.
Read about the five reasons why volunteering is great for you here.
Learn how to apply for a volunteer position here.
Identify an organization that does something you love and that you would like to be a part of.
Send out an expression of interest/ cover letter to your identified organization.
Introspection and Reflection - After a long 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 including successes and failures. Together with your mentor, be sure to work on the tasks below.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how well did you do. Rate yourself.
Write out what did you do well this year that you are happy with yourself for?
Write out what didn’t you do well this year?
Write out how you hope to make next year better?