Cracking the Semester Code

There was a time when college life was all about goofing around with friends for most part of the year and becoming a superstitious nervous wreck right before the final examinations. That was when most Indian Universities followed the annual system of evaluation and the ‘final exam’ was the most dreaded event in a student’s life. With the coming of the semester system, however, college has ceased to be a laid back paradise. Gone are the days when bunking classes was the order of the day. As more Universities are switching to the semester system, students too, are making some significant adjustments in order to keep up with the pressure. While the semester system may be baffling initially, here a few tips on how to crack the semester code.

Across the country, universities are making the shift to the semester system

Know What It Is

The semester system examinations are held every six months along with assignments, internal assessments etc. At the undergraduate level, the final scores at the end of three years are calculated by averaging the scores of all six semesters. As such there is no looming dread of a ‘final examination’ at the end of the year, only the relatively lesser fear of one examination every six months.

In case you have not got it already, the semester system will keep you on your toes for your entire college life. So be prepared.

College Is Not School

You are making a grave mistake if you are equating the semester system with the ‘half yearly’ and ‘annual examination’ model from your school life. The semester system works on a different basis altogether. Each semester will introduce new courses and optional papers and you will be expected to cover all of them in six months. Retain the discipline of your school years, but be open-minded where academics are concerned. This way, the transition from school to college will be smooth.

Avoid ‘Bunking’

Yes, there was a time when going to college and bunking class were synonymous but it is hardly true now. The hectic schedule of the semester system demands that students attend more classes. In order to ensure regular attendance, colleges have had to impose some strict rules. If you are prone to bunking already, know where to draw the line. Some colleges require 60% mandatory attendance while some may insist on more.

Pay Attention to Internal Evaluation

Internal Evaluations are of the utmost importance in the semester scenario. Since the marks secured in the internal assessments are finally added to the end semester score, it makes sense to do well in them. Internal evaluation not only eases the pressure of scoring highly in the end semester examination, it also prepares you for it.

Choose your Optional Papers Wisely

The trick, in the semester system, is to choose your optional courses wisely. It is best to opt for a subject that you already have an interest in. While you may be tempted to opt for a more ‘scoring’ paper, you will not score highly if you do not understand the subject well.

Your Professor, Your Friend

Dealing with a large number of topics in a short while can lead to stress. Approach your professors for help instead of fleeing at their sight. No one can handle the stress of the semester system better than they do. The burden of teaching a large number of courses in a limited time, evaluating students and giving out assignments fall squarely on their shoulders.

A Little Everyday Goes A Long Way

While school may be over, studies have just begun. It pays, therefore, to do a little studying on a daily basis. Remember, the slow and steady still wins the race and nowhere is it more evident than in the result sheet of the end semester examination.

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