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How to Prepare for the New School Year

How to Prepare for the New School Year
July 15, 2019 SKT International College

After several months away, preparations for a new school year can be overwhelming and intimidating. Whether you spent the summer relaxing or working, the transition to the regular routine of the school week can be a challenge. Some adjustments to your personal habits, mental preparation, and simple organization of your supplies can boost your confidence as you start the year ahead.

1.Preparing Mentally
-Review what you learned last year.
You don’t have to study for long hours. This can be as simple as reviewing the subjects that you studied and skimming summaries of the books that you read last year. A quick refresher will get your mind ready for studying and make the first weeks back easier as you can see them as a continuation of progress that you have made.

-Look ahead.
Get a list of what you will be studying in your classes and get a sense for what you will be learning. You don’t have to work ahead if you don’t want. Simply having a sense for what you will be covering will prepare you for success.

-Set specific goals.
If you want to get straight A’s, you can develop a study routine with time dedicated to each class before the year starts. If there is a specific subject that you want to excel in, check out introductory books from your local library. If you want to focus on making friends, explore your school’s clubs and activities to find an interesting option that fits your schedule. These are not mutually exclusive goals, but it will help if you know what is most important to you.

-Pick a study space.
A good study space will mean different things for different people, and it can change from year to year. As the school year approaches, many news outlets suggest ideas for creating an effective study space. Pick a study space that is conducive to your goals. If you want to master a complicated subject, you may need to study in a library so that you can access relevant books. If you want to make new friends, look for a café where you can talk to other customers while studying.

-Acknowledge your typical distractions.
If you can eliminate distractions in your workspace or during set times. If you find it hard to ignore a television, find a suitable study space with no televisions in sight. If noise distracts you, look for a desk in a quiet corner of the library or purchase noise-canceling headphones.

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2.Organizing Your School Supplies
-Purchase all required supplies.
Your school may provide a list of materials that you will need, or you may need to make your own list of the supplies that you will need.

-Pack your school bag.
Get your supplies ready in advance so that you will have a chance to double check that you have everything. Make sure that your bag is large enough to carry the items that you will need daily. Use the sections of your backpack or organizational supplies to make all of your supplies easily accessible.

-Pack a special bag for crisis items.
Pack a small bag or a compartment in your backpack with items that can help in emergencies. For example, a pack of tissues can be ready in case you get a runny nose in class and a bandage can help if you get a papercut while reaching into your bag. Try to buy mini sizes so that you don’t take up a lot of space in your school bag.

-Check your pockets.
Make sure that you have enough space for the items you plan on carrying with you daily. You will want to keep necessities like your phone, headphones, a bus pass, and keys nearby for safe keeping and so that you don’t have to spend too much time hunting for them when needed. If you wear a blazer or have front pockets in your bag, you can use them for small items that could get lost in a bigger pouch.

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3.Establishing a Routine
-Start a sleep schedule.
To function at your best, you will need to be well rested and alert at the start of the school day. If you have kept late hours during summer vacation, you may find it difficult to adjust to the earlier schedule. Since the amount and quality of your sleep impact your academic success, it is important to start this adjustment before classes begin.

-Study at set times.
If you can, study at regular times. Once a pattern is set, you will find it easier to get started and use your time efficiently. On days that you don’t have homework or tests to prepare for, keep the routine by practicing a skill or reading about a topic that interests you beyond class assignments.

-Time your morning preparations.
Morning routines are often hurried as you rush to make it to class on time. Before the year begins, make sure you know how much time you will need to prepare in the morning and prepare to wake up early enough to do so properly.

-Schedule appointments.
Once the school year starts, you may be rather busy for several weeks or months. As you get ready for the school year, try to schedule a haircut, dentist appointments, and doctor’s appointments. Even if you cannot get everything done before the year starts, it will help to have important meetings scheduled in advance.

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