A new term with new goals and ideas. How much chess are you playing? How much chess study are you doing? The more you play, the better, and chess study is important too. A great site to help players improve is http://www.ideachess.com/ where you can practice checkmates and tricks to win points. The "Checkmate" tab at the top of the page will bring up puzzles for you to solve! Mate in 2 puzzles are really good as you need to see the Checkmate but also prepare for it.
Here's a mate in 2 from a game from last week!