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December 11, 2017

How to Prepare for Next Semester

Transitioning between semesters doesn’t have to be difficult if you remember a few key tips

Another semester is quickly coming to a close while the next semester is fast approaching. As a busy student, this can be a stressful time. Transitioning between semesters doesn’t have to be difficult if you remember a few key tips.

1. Review Your Schedule

Did you know classes for next semester are posted online? Simply sign in at and view your courses.

If you are taking institute classes, be sure you know when the next session starts and that you are taking the course for credit. Remember that institute courses often begin and end at different times than your online academic classes.

For students in PathwayConnect, gathering times and locations typically don’t change between semesters. However, you can contact your PathwayConnect missionaries to double check.

Take some time to review your upcoming semester and make plans for the future.

2. Get Organized

After a semester of hard work, students can find themselves cluttered with old notes and assignments. Here are a few quick ways to prepare your work space for the upcoming semester:

  • Sort through your old assignments and notes
  • Discard the things you no longer need and organize anything you keep for future semesters
  • Prepare a calendar or daily planner to jot down notes, mark important dates, and keep track of assignments
  • Restock any school supplies you may need

For more tips on how to stay organized during your semester, learn how to boost your productivity.

Organizing old notes is a great way to prepare for an upcoming semester.

3. Reflect

Set aside some time to reflect on the past semester. Consider the following questions:

  • What do I wish I would have done better?
  • What did I learn that will help me in the future?
  • Who has influenced my life because of my participation in BYU-Pathway Worldwide?

Write down your experiences in a journal. Acknowledge how you were able to grow spiritually, temporally, and even socially. Jot down any tips that will help you grow in future semesters and beyond your schooling. These memories can serve you throughout your life!  

4. Post-PathwayConnect Plans

If you are starting your last semester in PathwayConnect and have plans to continue your education through an online certificate or degree program through BYU-Idaho, be sure to check these dates to know when you can register. This depends on how many credits you have transferring into the program.

For students that plan on transferring to a different university, contact a student advisor to see how your PathwayConnect certificate classes count toward another degree program.

Make sure to contact BYU-Pathway Support to discuss your options and recommended path of study.

Support can help you transition into an online certificate or degree program of your choice.

5. Enjoy!

You have spent the past three months or more working hard on your education, on top of all of the other responsibilities in your life. Relax, take a break, and enjoy your time off.

Spend time with people who are important to you, and do something you aren’t normally able to do during your time studying. You deserve it!  

Have some fun during your break from school!

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Comments on "How to Prepare for Next Semester"

Christopher Edward Nyalopo says:

It sounds interesting.

Caroline says:

How about maybe February 2021?

Annaluna says:

This is my first time, and it’s so interesting.

Rico Cajife says:

It is important that we review our schedules and possible workload in the next semester, especially those who are working full time, in order to plan our study schedules and allocate at least two hours per day for reading the lessons and working on assignments. I am working full time, and at the same time running a consultancy business, so I must make sure I have a plan. I must also inculcate in my mind the real responsibility I have for my education, so I will grow spiritually and make my professional and business engagements productive. I am happy that though I struggled in my first semester, I was able to adapt and enjoy my BYU-Pathway experience.

Ikechukwu Frankinzilly Nwachukwu says:

It is of paramount importance that we come up with a results-oriented academic work plan for next semester, which includes going through our semester lessons as early as possible and turning in assignments early enough to avoid academic workloads piling up before us. Also, banking on the ability of the Holy Ghost to help us with wisdom in handling our semester assignments is another preparatory step we must take to be successful as we enter next semester. I had all of these experiences last semester, so that is why I am sure applying these steps will work perfectly for us next semester.

Daniel says:

These are great comments about how to be more prepared. I will apply and not lose time. Enjoy the next semester!! Many greetings, Tablada de Lurin, Villa Maria del Triunfo, Lima, Peru!!!

Donna Alijay says:

These five tips will definitely help us a lot for the next semester. All we need to do is to put into action. Thank you so much.

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