Right Now This Term: Mid-Semester Assessment
Whether you had a successful fall term, are doing well now or struggling academically, mid-semester is a time for assessment and reflection on what is going well and what can be improved. This is also a time when student stress levels peak and adjustment issues become more apparent.
MIT's pace and rigor often intensifies in the spring and as the term progresses. Even if you performing well academically and adjusting to the new semester, you should be prepared for potential difficulties. By taking an inventory of what is going well and what can be improved, you are tracking your progress and developing ongoing strategies that will help you tackle future challenges, including transitioning to sophomore year.
While fifth week flags indicate the need for action and improvement, all students can benefit from examining their study habits while it is still early enough in the term to make needed adjustments. Some of the factors that can affect your academic progress relate to ineffective study habits, the inability to ask for help and poor time management.
You might want to get involved in more activities this spring. Before committing yourself to new extracurricular activities and more units, be sure to assess your time wisely and realistically. You'll find excellent advice for managing your time efficiently in the Time Management section of the Center for Academic Excellence website.
If you feel that you still need assistance with time management, be sure to discuss your concerns with your advisor and associate advisor. The staff of the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming stand ready to help you as well; stop by 7-104 or email email@example.com to set up an appointment.
Advice from Successful Students: View the Time Management Video
Oher issues impacting your performance and adjustment might be personal, social or mental health-related. If you find yourself experiencing any of these issues, you should speak to your advisor right away and connect with campus resources. (link)