Canvas Start of Semester Tips for Students

If you're uncertain about setting up your semester using Canvas, these steps are designed to assist you! Below, we provide various methods to help you be prepared at the start of each semester, ensuring a smoother and more efficient experience with Canvas.

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Canvas Calendar

The Calendar in Canvas is a global feature, meaning users can see all course assignments and events in one place. Subscribing to the Canvas calendar is quick and easy, link it to your phone calendar. Follow the quick and easy steps.

Time Management

Your time is very crucial, and it is important to effectively balance your academic workload, personal life, and extracurricular activities. Below are a few tips to help with the start of each semester.

  • Create a schedule: Make a weekly or daily schedule that includes classes, study time, extracurricular activities, and personal commitments.
  • Prioritize tasks: Determine the importance and urgency of each task such as assignments, quizzes/exams, reports, and projects based on their deadlines.
  • Avoid Procrastination: Avoid unnecessary stress and poor performance brought on by procrastination.
  • Eliminate distractions: Turn off notifications and find a quiet and comfortable environment to focus without interruptions.
  • Learn to say NO: Learn to say no when your schedule is already packed. Be selective and choose activities that align with your goals and interest.

Canvas End of Semester Tips

If you're feeling unsure about how to wrap up your Canvas course for the end of the semester, we're here to help! The following steps have been carefully crafted to guide you through the process. We offer a range of methods to assist you in preparing your courses as the new semester begins, guaranteeing a seamless and productive experience with Canvas.

Assignment Submission

As the semester comes to a close, it's crucial to wrap things up on a strong note. One essential step to ensure your academic success is to thoroughly check that all your assignments have been turned in. Here's a helpful tip to guide you: 

  1. Review your assignment list: Take the time to compile a comprehensive list of all the assignments you were required to complete during the semester. Include papers, projects, quizzes, exams, and any other assessments. 
  2. Cross-reference with your submissions: Check your records or the online platforms used for submitting assignments, such as learning management systems or email, to confirm which assignments you have already submitted. Make sure to mark them as complete on your list. 
  3. Identify any missing assignments: Compare your assignment list with the submissions you have verified. If you notice any discrepancies or find that you have missed submitting an assignment, it's important to take immediate action. 
  4. Follow up with your instructor: Reach out to your instructor as soon as possible to inform them about the missing assignment and seek guidance on how to proceed. Explain the situation honestly, including any valid reasons for the delay, if applicable. 
  5. Submit the missing assignment promptly: After discussing the situation with your instructor, take the necessary steps to complete and submit the missing assignment according to their instructions. Be proactive and diligent in meeting any extended deadlines provided. 

Remember, taking responsibility for your academic progress and proactively addressing any missing assignments demonstrates your commitment to your education. By following this tip, you'll be able to end the semester strong and maximize your chances of achieving your academic goals. 

Rental Returns

As the semester concludes, it's important to properly return any items you borrowed from the school, library, or other sources. Here's a helpful tip to guide you through the process: 

  1. Compile a list of borrowed items: Take some time to create a comprehensive list of all the items you borrowed throughout the semester. This could include textbooks, novels, laptops, calculators, lab equipment, or any other tools you were loaned. 
  2. Locate all the borrowed items: Gather all the items listed on your inventory and make sure you have them in your possession. Check your backpack, dorm room, or any other places where you might have stored them. 
  3. Inspect the condition of each item: Examine each item closely to ensure they are in the same condition as when you borrowed them. Look for any damages or signs of wear and tear. It's crucial to report any pre-existing damage to the relevant authorities. 
  4. Review the borrowing agreement: Familiarize yourself with the terms and conditions of borrowing. Note any specific instructions regarding the return process, such as the location, return date, and any required paperwork. 
  5. Organize and package the items: Clean and organize the borrowed items, removing any personal belongings or extraneous materials. If applicable, place them in their original packaging or a suitable container to keep them safe during transportation. 
  6. Return the items promptly: Visit the designated location for returning the borrowed items, such as the school library, bookstore, or a specific department. Be sure to bring your student ID, borrowing agreement, or any other necessary documentation. 
  7. Obtain a return receipt or confirmation: When returning the items, request a return receipt or ask for confirmation that the items have been received. This will serve as proof that you returned them in case any disputes arise later. 
  8. Follow up and resolve any outstanding issues: If you encounter any problems during the return process or have concerns about the return, promptly communicate with the relevant authorities or contact the appropriate department to resolve any issues. 

By following these steps, you'll ensure a smooth and organized return of all borrowed items. Responsible handling and timely return not only demonstrate your respect for others' property but also help maintain a positive relationship with your school and the resources they provide. 

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