Starting school in the fall means several things – school beginning, new classes, making friends and managing your time. Whether you are an upperclassman or a freshman, having your day and schedule run smoothly will ensure a successful school year and less stress.
TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL YEAR
Don’t just assume a great year is going to fall into your lap. You have to work to make it happen. Whether you’re already super organized or you like to procrastinate until the very last minute – the time to plan ahead is before school starts. Use specific strategies to help you not only stay afloat during the school year, but really thrive.
Before the First Day
Before heading out the first day of school, take a moment to breathe. Your high school years will fly past and soon you will be heading off to college. Take time to meet new people, participate in after school activities and study hard. Good luck!
Get Plenty of Rest
Having an adequate amount of sleep is imperative to a successful high school career. Students who tend to sleep less than eight hours a night may not be as awake or alert during the day. In addition to school work, if you plan to participate in after-school activities or sports, you will need to rest up to do your best.
Eat Breakfast and Lunch
Always start your school days off with a healthy breakfast to get you through the day until lunch. If you are not a big breakfast eater, then consider eating a protein bar or smoothie to stave off hunger. If you tend to eat later in the morning, you may want to carry a small snack to munch on between classes before lunch. If you do not like the school lunch, you can pack lunch to take to school. This way you have exactly the kinds of foods you enjoy.
Purchase color-coded binders to use for each class. This will not only help when you are looking in your locker for a specific class, but you can also store all the class notes in one area without mixing them up with another class. Choose binders with a clear front sleeve that allows you to display a weekly class calendar.
Talk with People
There is no reason to be shy with new people. Whether you are returning to high school, or you are new, talk with the people around you. Look to your left and right, and meet the people on either side of your locker – they’ll be there all year long. In addition to making friends, talking with people may help you with class work and trying out for sports.
Look at the list of after school sports and clubs available to you. Pick something that interests you, and join the team. This not only looks good on your college resume, but it is a great way to meet people, exercise your brain or body and show your school spirit.
Create a Homework Area
Assign a place at home that is your designated homework area. This area should be off-limits to anyone besides you during your designated homework time. Choose an area that is free of distractions, such as a desk in your room or dining room table, so you can concentrate on school work.
Start researching colleges you’re interested in
Now is the time to begin exploring colleges. Create a list of what you’d like in a school and begin researching what schools you’re thinking about applying to. Do they meet the criteria on your list?
You can start to cross off the schools on your list that don’t, move up the schools on your list that do and you may even discover, through your research, schools you are interested in that you didn’t even know you liked!
It’s important to colleges that you continue to challenge yourself throughout your junior and senior years of high school. This is in reference to academics but, also, in terms of extracurricular activities, high school clubs, part-time jobs and volunteer work.
Work on college test prep regularly
As mentioned with creating a study routine, maintain a healthy regime of ACT/SAT prep. You can decide to take a course in-person or online, utilize practice tests, books or questions at home or use flashcards on the go. There are many ways to study, simply choose whatever works best for you on any given day and stick with it!
Prepare for the Next Day
Lay out your clothes, books and other things you may need for the following day of school. If you pack your own lunch, consider doing it the night before to cut down on the morning rush.