Whether you just started Kindergarten like Prince George, or 11th grade, here are a a few tips that will keep you on the road to a smooth school year.
- Organization is key. A designated study space will go a long way towards keeping you focused on your goals. Color coded file folders will keep your English papers from your math papers, your AP US History from statistics.
- A calendar is important. Get a large calendar and mark your the due dates from all your different class syllabuses. Working backwards, give yourself triggers as to when your research should be completed, when you should have an outline or a first draft. The more self-motivated you are, the better the results will be.
- Clean out the backpack. Whether in pre-K or college, nothing says Disorganized like a messy backpack. You may find papers that you thought you lost are actually crumpled and stuffed in the bottom of your backpack.
- Sleep is important. Nutrition is important. Whether M&Ms or Red Bull, what you put in your body will affect how well you will process and retain information and no one functions well without enough sleep.
- Take study breaks. Set an alarm to allow you time for a run, a nap, or some socializing, but then dive right back in. You’ll feel in control and have some strong work to show that you’re getting ahead.
- If you fall behind, or get confused, don’t just muddle along. Get help right away. Material builds as the year goes on and you don’t want a shaky foundation. Get on track right from the start and you will be on your way to a very successful school year!
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