The summer is drawing to a close, and a new school year is here once again. While most of us are dreading our return and making the last bit of our summers as lazy as we can, it's also important to start preparing so that we can start the term with a bang. Here are some tips for doing just that.
1. FIX YOUR SLEEP SCHEDULE -
Most people , including me, love to stay up late during summer break. This is a luxury we can afford during break; however, this habit will hurt once school starts. Getting enough sleep on school nights is important if you want to focus on your classes the next day. One way you can remind yourself to sleep early is by setting sleep alarms or reminders so that you don't stay up late.
2. DECLUTTER YOUR LIFE -
This includes a few steps, first, start with your room. Declutter your physical environment, go through your notes, papers, books from the last semester and organize them. Clean your room and get rid of things you really don't need. Organize your study environment, give it a makeover if you need to. Another important thing is to declutter your devices, organize your files and delete anything you feel is unnecessary to make sure you have enough storage space for the next term.
3. SET GOALS -
Set both long-term and short-term goals for your semester. One tip would be to use the SMART - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound goal-setting system to make sure that you set realistic goals for yourself. Set both academic and personal goals, if you think that your goals are broad then also add a few steps you’d take to achieve those goals.
4. REVIEW PAST MATERIAL -
Unless you’ve been revising your past study materials all summer long, which I don’t think many would be doing, it’s completely normal to forget a lot of things. Some take out some time before going through your books or watch some videos that help you revise your past concepts.
5. SET AN ORGANISATION SYSTEM -
It's always important to be organized for a new semester because the more organized you are the less stressed out which would lead to better productivity. Create an organization system for both, your written notes and material and all your digital files and documents. This is so that you know where you can find your study material and don't waste much time on it. Make sure you find a system that's simple and works best for you.
These are a few tips that could help you prepare for the school term. Make sure that you personalize them and do what works best for you. If you want to set the stage for a good term, you need to set off on the right foot: plan your school week in time, get enough sleep, and eat right. The more organized you are on day one, the better off you’ll be for the rest of the year.