This site "ESL News New Zealand" has news audio files with transcripts to practice your listening skills. The news story archive has stories going back about three or four years so there is plenty of material to practice with.
Test your skills by looking at a news heading and trying to predict what it might be about.
Then make up some questions to guide your listening. Try to find out who or what the story is about. Where and when did the thing happen? What happened? Why did it happen?How much/how many etc etc.
Listen to the story without looking at the transcript. Once you have listened a few times and answered your own questions listen again with the transcript and check to see if you got your questions right. Did the story heading help you guess what the story was going to be about?
Could you explain to someone what the story was about in your own words in a summarised form?
There are usually a few comments at the end of the story for you to think about and consider what your point of view might be on a particular topic. This is important practice for this terms assessment which requires you give your reasoned point of view. So this would be a great site to use this term for your independent study. Happy studying. :-)