It’s about that time. You may be just settling into your vacation term, tending to your home and garden, or planning your summer party – yet school is around the corner and you can be a step ahead by preparing now. Whether you are a student or a parent, we’ve got 9 awesome steps to help you be ready and have an incredible school year.
1. Get Your Supplies EARLY.
From pencils and erasers to specific calculators and graph paper, find out what is on the list that you will need for school Start early and avoid having to travel to several stores and beat all the rush. You may even want to allow someone else to do your shopping.
2. Assess For School Clothing Needed.
Instead of grabbing things here and there randomly, make a plan. Find out what clothes still fit and are still “in” from last year. Look for any flaws, holes, missing buttons, etc. Then do your shopping accordingly. This will save you stress, money, and time
3. Decide on School Outfits.
To relieve on the anxiety of the first week of school, plan out 5 attractive ensembles to wear. They need to be comfortable and ones that you enjoy wearing.
4. Get Your Closet Organized.
Pull out all the items that are not being used. Pack away or donate them. Then as you put the items you will be using back in your closet, use labels on baskets or bins and your shelving. Make it easy to see where your clothing and accessories are.
5. Plan For Success.
Analyze how things worked out last year. Realize that the same schedule or way that you did your studying and homework may be different this year. Make adjustments as needed and be open to doing things in a new way or to new ideas.
6. Create a Place To Study.
If you have a desk, clear it out and make room on top for school supplies. Keep your study area in a quiet place where you can be free from distractions. Have it stocked with items needed like paper, pens, and school items you will need at home. Make a place for your backpack and items you bring home everyday where you can keep it in the same place and not lose anything.
7. Get a Jump Start…
If you are starting a first year of a new language, opt for buying a dictionary or phrasebook to study before your class actually starts. Try brushing up on things you’ve previously leaned. This may help quite a bit in your new years courses.
8. Plan Out Your Lunches.
Your brain needs healthy food to function and a tasty nutritious lunch is the answer (along with a good breakfast to start you out). If you are going to be packing a lunch, which is recommended to avoid unhealthy vending machine snacks and cafeteria food, write down a healthy meal plan for yourself. If you are the parent, ensure you have healthy foods on hand and pack them for your students.
9. Perform Regular Updates.
Just a few minutes a day can make sure that everything is going smoothly at school. Adjustments can be made as they are needed, when communication is open and consistent. If you’re a parent, have a short conversation with your child and a prompt room inspection to make sure homework, schedule, meals and emotions are in order.