We are now half way through the semester. Now is a good time to check in and see how things are going. At the beginning of the semester we discussed short term and long term goals. Now is a good time to assess your progress and how determine if any adjustments are needed. How are your short term goals shaping up? Have you been successful in achieving those goals? Did you miss the mark? How about the long term goals, are you close to making the mark? Did you under/overestimate your projected progress?
If you have achieved your short term goals and are on track to achieve your long term goals, you should reward yourself. The reward doesn’t have to be big or anything major, it would be a simple treat to acknowledge your efforts and keep you on track to meet the next set of goals. Think ice cream, favorite dinner, or a movie; a small token to reward your efforts.
If you have not achieved your short term goals and not on track to meet your long term goals, you should begin to evaluate what has happened (or not happened) to meet the marks you set. Was there an event that prevented you from achieving the goal? Did you underestimate the time, work, or commitment to achieve the goal? Assess the progress of the goals and determine if you have enough time to revamp the goals, reduce the goals, or increase attention to complete the job.
The same assessment of your goals, should be the same assessment of your studies. Are you on track to pass your classes? Did you do well and feel confident during midterms? Are you giving EACH subject the required attention? Are you spending enough time in the library? Are you going to your professor to ask for clarification? Are you utilizing peers, campus resources, and time wisely?
With half of the semester under your belt you should consider how successful you will be in the course. Asking yourself if you will pass the course, if you should drop the course, or if you have enough time to turn things around. If you are passing, you want to continue utilizing the system you have in place and seek any ways you can improve in any area. If you are considering dropping the class, you will need to examine the ramifications of withdrawing from the class. Will this affect your transcript, your grade point average, and length of your coursework completion? If you have enough time to turn things around, look at how you arrived to this point. What are your study habits? Where can you pick things up? What can you do differently? Are you utilizing your resources?
Midterms are a time to complete a self-check. If things are going well, continue on the path and end the semester strong. If things are not going well, change the course and dedicate more time effort and energy into ending the semester strongly.