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 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 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.
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- 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. Be sure to include successes and failures as well as implementation reports).