- Make absolutely sure that you are enrolled in the correct classes for the semester.
- Go through the university academic calendar and mark down important dates. Note the final enrollment dates, drop dates, holidays, etc.
- Mark your calendar with your own important personal dates, deadlines, goals, etc. If you're applying for law school, make sure you know when applications are due (remember, you need to ask for recommendation letters well in advance, but that will be a different post). If you're planning on taking any professional certification exams, what are the possible dates for those exams and how much time will you need to allocate for studying, in the lead up?
- Figure out your class schedule, which campuses / buildings / rooms your classes are in. Decide what your days are going to look like. There might be a certain day of the week when you need to remember to pack a lunch because you don't have much extra free time in your schedule, and other days when you'll have time to work at an on campus coffee shop for several hours between classes - know when those days are.
- Be aware of what you know, and what you don't know. At almost any university, your professors will have submitted to the book store in advance, the required textbooks for the course. You can find out which books are required in that way (and how much you'll need to budget for them). However, you will probably NOT have success emailing your professors and asking them to send you their syllabus. A few professors may have finished their syllabi weeks in advance, but just as many will wait until the last second to finalize details. You'll probably need to be satisfied with knowing the required textbooks for a course now, and waiting another week to find out all of the course deadlines and details.
So that's it - a few quick and easy ways to get yourself ready for the semester. Is there anything I've forgotten? What are the ways you get ready for the semester?