Since the newness of this semester has probably faded for most everyone, I thought I’d try to give some encouragement. It can be oh-too-easy to start the semester off strong, with the ‘I’m ready to conquer the world’ mentality (especially if this is your first semester), only to fall into poor study habits a few weeks in.
Here is a secret… your final assignment is just as important as the one you are just about to turn in. Using basketball as a metaphor, the last shot missed is just as important as a shot missed in the first quarter. People just react differently to the final shot taken at the buzzer. Every shot counts, missed or not. If you get a bad grade on an assignment because you put forth minimal effort it is possible to recover, but it requires working yourself harder on future projects.
If you have started slacking on your homework, make a resolution to start fresh today (not tomorrow, not next week… definitely not next semester). Get yourself organized (cough, cough, sticky notes), and go!
On a slightly unrelated note, winter is fast approaching. I highly recommend that all students sign up to receive STLCC alerts on their cell phones so that you can hear about school cancelations. Simply text “Follow STLCCAlert” to 40404 from your mobile phone. Despite the fact that these are Twitter updates, you do not need to have a Twitter account (however, if you do have one, you can follow @STLCCAlert ).