Although it may seem like summer just started yesterday, the season has now begun to draw to a close and the upcoming school year is upon us. This school year may look different than years in the past, but it still requires some effort to transition yourself from your summer routine to your back-to-school routine. Whether it’s time to start changing your sleeping schedule, or to create a new “school-from-home” environment, we’ve compiled some tips to make your transition back to school as easy as possible.
Slowly adjust to your new routine:
The long summer days can really mess with our sleeping schedules. As the academic year approaches, prepare yourself for your shift in routine by slowly getting used to waking up earlier and going to sleep earlier. While you still have some remaining summer days, it’s a good time to develop new habits, like exercising in the morning and eating a full breakfast. By the time the school year begins, you’ll be well-adjusted and better equipped to learn.
Though New Year's resolutions are made at the end of each calendar year, the start of a new school year represents a new opportunity to set goals for yourself. The goals that you strive for aren't just limited to achieving a certain letter grade in a class. Dig deeper and set goals that will help keep you organized and on track for the whole school year. For example, if you have an essay due at the end of the week, instead of writing the entire essay the night before, set a goal to write a paragraph each night. Reflect on what has caused you trouble academically in past years and put a new system in motion to help you succeed.
Get new supplies:
Sometimes all we need is a blank page in front of us to inspire new thoughts and ideas. Getting new supplies can create a feeling of excitement for the new opportunities in the year ahead. A clean slate is a great way to start the school year, and the process of organizing your materials can get you to start focusing on your upcoming subjects. Get new folders and notebooks for each class to help you stay organized. If you primarily use a laptop or tablet, take some time to sort through your old documents and folders, get rid of what you don’t need, and create new folders for your upcoming classes.
Rearrange your room to get ready to study:
With an increased reliance on virtual learning this fall comes a higher responsibility to create an at-home learning environment that is conducive to your academic success. Re-organize a space in your home and create an environment that is strictly devoted to work and productivity. Creating a divide between space that is used for relaxation and a space that is used for school work will make it a lot easier to focus. Take some time in the days leading up to the start of the school year to set up a space where you can settle in to virtually learn, study, and complete assignments.
Sharpen your mind:
The summer is a great time to relax, unwind and to give your mind a break, but the summer “brain drain” can also make it difficult to settle back into the school year. In the weeks leading up to the first day of school, set an hour or two of your day to sharpen your mind with a brain-strengthening activity. It could be as simple as turning off the T.V. and picking up a book, or by taking some time to review some of your assignments from last year to prepare you for your upcoming subjects. For a full list of ways you can prepare your brain for the school year, read How to Stay Sharp Over Summer Break and get yourself prepped for a year of learning.