8 Tips for a Great 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 is now! You've received your course schedules, you know your readings for the semester, use specific strategies to help you not only stay afloat during the school year, but really thrive.

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. 

ORGANIZE CLASSES WITH BINDERS

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.

GET INVOLVED

Look at the list of after school clubs and organizations 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.

SIT IN THE FRONT

Do not slink into the back row of a classroom because you will get called on more, and you may not hear everything the teacher has to say. Stick near the front or middle, unless you have assigned seats, for the best experience.

CREATE A STUDY AREA 

Assign a place at home that is your designated homework/study 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.

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.