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5 Back-to-School Tips for a Head Start

5 Back-to-School Tips for a Head Start

You’ll dominate the semester and have an unforgettable year with these 5 back-to-school tips!

Here are 5 back-to-school tips to give you a head start on the coming semester!

With these tips in mind, you’ll stay ahead and level headed all year long.

Returning to school can be a stressful time if you aren't prepared. There's so much to do, from deadlines to shopping lists, it's easy to lose your head in all the excitement. Thankfully, with these 5 back-to-school tips, you can mitigate stress and have a year to remember.

Start a routine early

It's easy to develop a poor-quality routine over the summer break. I mean, who doesn't love staying up until 2 a.m. binging on the new season of Stranger Things? But it's unrealistic and, quite frankly, unfair to expect yourself to wake up at 7 a.m. on the first day of school.

Gradually improve your sleep schedule and routine a few weeks before class starts. Start going to bed and waking up at reasonable times, about a week early. Building better habits beforehand will help you acclimate to your new schedule.

Make a to-do list

There's a lot to get done before the new semester starts. You need to pick out your classes, fill out forms, and purchase supplies. Creating a to-do list and setting goals can help you tackle these tasks on time.

You don't have to overdo it and finish everything in a few days. Depending on your situation, you can schedule a few tasks each day in the coming weeks before school to build momentum and finish everything on time.


Plan ahead

Planning ahead goes hand-in-hand with your to-do list and can help reduce your anxiety. Try to plan out your semester ahead of time to the best of your ability. Set goals for each day, week, and month.

Write down any important dates, including test prep, homework, deadlines, and extracurricular activities. You can use planners, calendar apps, or bullet journals to give you a creative edge. The most important part is to stay balanced and organized so you don't become overwhelmed halfway through the year.

Create a comfortable study area

It's essential to set yourself up for success. One way you can achieve this is by creating a comfortable, relaxing, and focused study area ahead of time.

Set aside time to clean and organize your study area before school starts. You might want to remove distractions and purchase organizers and calendars. Be sure to avoid studying in bed or on the couch, as this can make it harder to be productive and wind down at the end of the day.

Stay connected

It's easy to get caught up in the new semester whirlwind that's filled with to-do lists, calendars, goals, and deadlines; but it's crucial to stay connected to your loved ones, regardless if you're attending classes in person or online.

Try and socialize throughout each week. Joining extracurricular activities and study groups can give you time to unwind and connect with others. Asking questions during class is another way to spark conversation and stay ahead. Whether you decide to join a club or chat with friends online, having a stable support network will help you avoid feeling isolated or overwhelmed.

Returning to school can be stressful, anxiety-inducing, and of course, exciting. Thankfully, you can stay ahead of the curve with these 5 back-to-school tips. Planning ahead, setting yourself up for success, and staying connected will ensure you're getting the most out of this school year.

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