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December 30, 2019

5 Tips for a Successful Semester

Achieve your greatest potential as a student this semester

Whether you are a brand new student or you’ve been around for a few semesters, starting something new — like education — can be intimidating. But you can do it! Here are five tips to help you be successful this semester!

Tip 1: Manage your time

Do you know the feeling of staying up late, rushing to get an assignment done, and turning it in at the last minute? Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, but how we choose to use that time determines our success.

Studies show that when people manage their time effectively, they experience lower levels of anxiety and perform better academically.1 You can manage your time more effectively by organizing important academic dates and deadlines into a calendar and prioritizing the assignments that require more time. As President Spencer W. Kimball said, “Wise time management is really the wise management of ourselves.”2

Tip 2: Stay accountable

Researchers have found that when you make a routine appointment to report to someone else, your likelihood of success skyrockets by up to 95%.3 The trick is deciding to become accountable even when you don’t necessarily have to. So, when it comes to your academic progress, decide to report on how you’re doing to a friend, family member, classmate, or the Lord. Tell them what your goals are and then routinely check in with them. Doing so can improve your performance!

Tip 3: Live a well-balanced life

Education can require a lot of hours out of your day, but it’s important to keep a proper balance in life. Prioritize your mental, physical, social, and spiritual nourishment. Take breaks between assignments, find something that you enjoy doing, and allow your mind time to relax. Make sure to get 7–9 hours of sleep each night, exercise regularly, and eat a well-balanced diet. Arrange time to focus on being with family and friends. Set a specific time each day to pray, study the scriptures, attend the temple, and so on. Scheduling out your day with a variety of balanced activities not only will help you be more productive but will keep you feeling healthy and happy.

Tip 4: Ask questions

When you don’t understand a concept, it’s okay to ask questions! You could ask your instructor or a mentor, classmate, or friend. Search for information from reliable internet sources and helpful books. Asking questions can help you get more out of your education and your classes will become more interesting and impactful! Above all, ask for direction from the Holy Ghost. We are promised that as we ask God in faith, we shall receive.4

Tip 5: Actively participate

Actively participate in your education by taking advantage of all the resources and opportunities available to you. Get involved by participating in group discussions, attending your gatherings (for PathwayConnect students), meeting up with other local students, participating in monthly devotionals, and reading BYU-Pathway blog articles and university emails. You will feel more connected and get more out of your education as you do.

As Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, “Happiness is the destination, but it’s also the path.”5 So, as you pursue higher education, remember to find joy in these additional opportunities to learn.


1^ Richelle Adams and Erik Blair, “Impact of Time Management Behaviors on Undergraduate Engineering Students’ Performance,” (Sage Journals, Jan. 18, 2019)
2^ Spencer W. Kimball, “Jesus: The Perfect Leader,” (Young Presidents Organization Address, Jan. 15, 1977)
3^ Thomas Oppong, “This is How to Increase The Odds of Reaching Your Goals by 95%,” (, Jan. 16, 2017)
4^ D&C 11:5
5^ Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Your Wonderful Journey Home,” Ensign or Liahona, Apr. 2013

Comments on "5 Tips for a Successful Semester"

Sunday Oluwaseun Whedoku says:

I truly agree with these five steps. I discovered that I was not able to manage my time wisely, which really affected me a lot. Thanks so much for sharing this.

Lauren Conrad says:

I’m glad this article was helpful to you, Sunday!

Sunday Oluwaseun Whedoku says:

Yes, very well. Thanks once more👏👏

Sunday Oluwaseun Whedoku says:

Yes Lauren Conrad, I appreciate it.

Tommie F Langai says:

These five steps are true.

Steve Younjeteh Deedweh says:

I totally agree with the 5 tips for a successful semester. I know if we strive to follow these tips, we will be very successful in our educational journey.

These five tips are very essential and they’re marrow to my bones.

Hester L Franco says:

Thank you for the tips. I know it will help me in this upcoming semester.

Bassey Bassey Edem says:

Indeed, these are successful tips that I will apply.

Elizabeth Olaoye says:

Thanks so much.

Dora Patricia Chiriboga Mateus says:

I really appreciate every tip you post.

Miguel Bossa says:

Thanks for these tips!

Christiana Gadimoh says:

I love these tips, thanks so much.

Abraham Mamani says:

Thank you, I’ll need it!

Christiana Wakama says:

I am indeed grateful for these five tips and the five truths from President Nelson. Our Father does know our needs and has provided laws to help us accomplish and achieve all things. These tips, if followed, will help me have a fulfilling semester.

Lauren Conrad says:

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Christiana! Have a wonderful semester!

I love these tips, and they are very helpful!


I am really grateful for the opportunity and the tips. Time management is my best life tool. While I was on my mission and after my mission, it has really blessed my life. It’s really going to help me a lot in my PathwayConnect program.

gabriel u says:

Great tips, I really appreciate them.

simon khumalo says:

Thanks so much for these tips, they are so helpful!

Waiswa rogers says:

This is was what I was looking for, and I sure appreciate the tips.

Fred Agbozo says:

I can’t believe these tips are helping me improve academically. I’m encouraging everyone to strictly adopt these. Thank you.

David Worlanyo Agbeko says:

Thanks for this great piece. I am ready to follow these steps.

Riana says:

I love these tips, they help calm me down and are truly helpful for me for this upcoming semester. Thank you so much.

Galsanjamts says:

Thank you so much for this helpful information.

Diovee Obando says:

Thank you for these tips. I will follow this step by step in order to learn and be a better me.

Laura Samson Garba says:

Thanks for the tips!

Daniel De la Vega says:

I really think that these tips will help me. We see it at PathwayConnect, it really works!! Thank you.

Jessie Ann Villanueva says:

I feel these tips are going to be so helpful as I’ve already been practicing some of these that were also suggested by my former Pathway instructor.

Jessie Ann Villanueva says:

Thank you so much for helping us be prepared.

Ayekoue grah marc daniel stephane says:

Thank you.

Maggie Warkie Cooper says:

I appreciate the tips because they are a way forward in my learning process.

Lovetta jinnah Ndanema says:

I believe it will help me a lot along the road of this semester. Thanks!

Edeh Emmanuel E. says:

Thanks for sharing those tips.

Mark Afedzi-Hayford says:

These are very insightful tips that would lead to a safe destination.

Phoebe says:

I can so relate! It was hard for me to manage my time last semester while working full-time. Thank you so much for your article!

Lauren Conrad says:

I’m glad you found this article helpful, Phoebe! Congratulations on making it through last semester while working full-time. That’s an amazing accomplishment!

Patrick C. Michael says:

Nice tips to follow.

benjamin edematie akpiri says:

Thanks for giving me a head start to face my challenges.

Gaurav Singh says:

Thanks a lot for your amazing article. I love these tips and I have been doing them. I have seen some improvement!

Lauren Conrad says:

I’m so glad you’ve had success using these tips, Gaurav! Best of luck with the rest of your semester!

Amarachi Elvis says:

Truly, time management is really neccesary and has helped me do better even as this semester just started.

Samson Denan Fwangkat says:

These are certainly useful tips as sharing our challenges helps us resolve such problems and forge ahead. A problem once shared is half resolved. We get further revelation on the issue.

Peters Ikwe says:

These tips are really the way not only to gaining education, but also for a fulfilled and balanced lifestyle.

Rodrigue Takouo says:

This is a successful life pattern …big thanks!

Jose-Angello Sillah says:

These tips are really great and very useful. If we adhere to them, they will be very helpful in our academic and personal career.

Odinakachukwu Mera Oluebubechukwu says:

I really needed this and am glad I had the opportunity to read it. It really will be of help to me.

Tienang says:

Thanks for all these tips. I am truly honored that the Lord can truly speak to us right now in our time through all His living servants.

Rob Dilts says:

This is going to help a lot as I begin my new educational journey!

Carla Varela says:

Wow, all of these tips are amazing, thanks!
And not only for Pathway, but also for my entire life. 😊😊

Etukudo says:

Indeed, it is very true.

Nancy Ntumba Bintu says:

I need to apply these; they are helpful.

Tshiamala k Baron says:

I really agree that this is really gonna help with using time wisely.

fernando mazariegos says:

Thanks for that! I will definitely use those tips.

Assuman Acquah Thompson says:

I think these tips are the secret to every successful being…I called myself a success right after I finished reading. Very stupendous indeed!

Godstime Dan-Nwaogu says:

These five tips all together have helped me organize my time and prioritize assignments. They helped me to establish a balanced life and as a result, I was able to turn in my assignments on time and earned “A” grades in all my PathwayConnect courses. I strongly recommend these success tips to any student who would like to achieve a balanced success.

Lauren Conrad says:

Thanks for sharing your experience, Godstime! I’m glad you were able to apply these tips in your life and reach your goals. Congratulations!

Nyaduel says:

Thanks for sharing these five tips. They will really help me as I’m on my education journey.

eleazar ubandire onwuka says:

Thank you so much for giving us the 5 tips that would help us to be successful in our academic pursuits. I have given it special acronyms in my notebook: MSLAA.

chiko says:

Thank you for the tips, I cannot wait to put them in practice.

Wadzanai josephine says:

Thank you for the tips! I know they are going to help me.

Daniel says:

I am really grateful to be at BYU-Pathway!!

Esperança Espanhol says:

I am really thankful for the 5 tips for academic success and steps to follow from now on in my life.

Michelle Evans says:

Thank you for your tips! I can testify that when I put my scripture study first, I seem to have more time for everything else, including schoolwork! I appreciate the reminder!

Tshiamala k Baron says:

Thank you very for these wonderful rules, I really love it.

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