How to Set Yourself Up for Success at the Beginning of the Semester

Tips and Tricks on How to Stay Organized and Productive

Shivani Gandhi
Science For Life


Since the dawn of time, or at least from my earliest recollections, I have been hailed as a “great student” by those around me. My peers often viewed me as the epitome of intelligence.

However, I knew better.

I never felt like I was better than anyone, or like I was the smartest one in the room. In fact, contrary to popular belief, I often found myself grappling with confusion during lessons and always knew there were smarter people than me who I could go to for help. Nonetheless, my academic achievements consistently soared to the highest levels. Throughout my educational journey, I proudly held an unblemished record until I encountered my first B+ grade during my graduate studies. So, what is the underlying message here?

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Throughout my academic journey, I became known as the go-to person for assignment due dates, exam details, and study techniques. Organizational skills and the ability to create efficient processes were my strong suits.

Developing these habits early on proved immensely beneficial in college, particularly in comparison to those naturally gifted individuals I encountered. While they might have coasted through earlier…