How To Prep For A New Semester (Ft. My Favorite Free Printables!)

Most of my friends from high school are heading back to college this week. Therefore, I thought: what better time to post a blog on getting ready for a new semester than now!

Here's how I'm getting ready for my spring semester at Cabrini University:

1. I start my checking my college's portal and email for syllabi.

Some teachers are really good about uploading the syllabus to your portal. And, some teachers are not. As much as I love technology, I still like to have physical pieces of paper in my hand. With that being said, I immediately print out a syllabus when I see it.

2. After printing out all of my syllabi, I put all important dates into my planner.

This actually saved my life on more than one occasion. I completely forgot about an assignment-- it was due the next day. I don't know what I would have done! Thank goodness it was in my planner!

3. Afterwards, I go through my planner and put all assignments on a free printable.

This is my favorite free printable of all time. It's super helpful! Go back through your planner and write down all of your assignments in order. Then, as you plow through the semester cross assignments off as you complete them. Easy as that! Click HERE.

4. Order textbooks.

Stay on top of your game and order your textbooks. You can always return them if you don't need them. However, if you don't need them, consider keeping them. It's nice to have a textbook to follow along with. My favorite place to purchase books is from the Barnes & Noble Marketplace. I got a book I needed for $1.99. I know, I know. Please, hold the applause.

5. Make a schedule.

First, write down when your classes are. Then, add in study times and workout periods. Oh, and if you're a blogger like myself, add in some time to get crafty. And, most importantly, schedule some time to relax. College is stressful. Don't burn yourself out. Schedule in some time to Netflix and chill or listen to some music and do a face mask. Checkout this Tumblr account for a ton of other free printables: The Organized Student.

6. Buy supplies.

I like to buy new folders and notebooks for each class. I also like to pick up another set of my favorite R.S.V.P pens and highlighters. Oh, and index cards! I'm always running out of them.

7. I like to finish up by adding any important dates to my calendar/planner.

I like to add birthdays, holidays, and breaks to my planner. I'm actually off the last week of February and the last week of March. How exciting is that? This way, if I'm falling behind on assignments, I can simply take the time over break to catch up on them.

8. Relax.

I like to spend the week before I go back to school taking care of myself. I like to get my toes done, do a face mask, and watch Netflix. This way, I feel fresh and confident when taking on my new classes.

Question of the Week: How do you get ready for a new semester?


  1. These tips are so great!! I can't believe you got a text book you needed for 1.99 the cheapest book I've bought was 40$ college is making me broke. I'm excited about the printables!! I can actually print them now that I have a printer set up at home.
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    1. Highly, highly recommend B&N Marketplace. (Not sponsored!) Yay! Best of luck, Vanessa!

  2. These are great tips, organization and prepping for school before hand is something I need to work on cause I always procrastinate lol. so I am definitely going to make use of this post! x

    Nikki O.

  3. Such great tips, Guilianna! I'm always checking and updating my planner - It's super organized! What is your favorite part about college so far?

    1. That's such a great habit to get into. My favorite thing about college so far? That's a tough one! Overall, I love college-- everything about it! However, if I had to pick a favorite, I'd have to go with the friendships I've made. I can already tell they're going to be ones that last a lifetime.

  4. Great tips, Guilianna! Very helpful. Good luck with the semester. Cheers!

  5. Great tips! Good luck with semester!

    Mihaailo /

  6. I love your tips, Guilianna! I wish good luck with the semester.