by MADDY HEESZEL
Now that summer vacation has ended, it’s time to get back on track to a new school year. Yes, school may be a bit stressful at times, but it’s important that you do the best you possibly can. Here’s some quick tips on how to make this school year your best!
Come prepared to school with all of your supplies.
Always, always, always bring paper and writing utensils to class! Even though this should be common sense, there are still some people who refuse to bring the required materials to school because they think their peers will provide the supplies for them everyday.
Instead of shoving everything in your backpack, use a binder or a folder to keep your papers organized. You’ll know where everything’s at when you need it, plus, your homework won’t be all crumpled up! Pencil pouches are also great for storing your pencils, pens, and markers. It seems pretty simple, but being organized is really important.
Keep track of your assignments.
Write down your assignments on a calendar or an agenda to help you to remember to do your homework on time. Also write down any important dates, like when you have football practice, meetings, projects due, benchmarks, or other school-related things.
Keep all of your notes.
It’s important to make sure you keep everything you’ve done in class, even if you think you won’t need it anymore, because it will help you to study for future tests and for finals. If you ever need to clean your backpack, take all of your notes and old homework assignments, and put them into a folder or a binder to store them for when you may need them.
Because of the block schedule, you usually have a couple of days to get your work done, therefore, you should have plenty of time to get it completed. If you’re overloaded with homework, get the homework finished that’s due first. The earlier you get it done, the less time you have to stress about it.
Study before tests.
Taking breaks in between while studying can make things a lot easier and less stressful. It’s proven that multiple ten minute study sessions are much more efficient than a single two hour study session. Don’t cram too much in one sitting; it will overwhelm you.
If you had bad grades last year, try aiming for better ones this year. You don’t have to have perfect grades, but you should at least do the best you can. Also, please try to pass all your classes. Summer school isn’t any fun!
Get plenty of sleep.
If you ever went to school surviving off of three hours of sleep, then you know it can be hard to stay focused. Make sure you try to get at least eight hours of sleep each night to boost your concentration. Believe me, sleep plays a huge role when it comes to education!
I know, you’re a teenager, so eating healthy may be hard, but eating the right food is important. Even at school, try to eat a nutritious meal, and stay away from candy, chips, and other junk food. It’s okay to eat an unhealthy meal or snack every once in awhile, but not everyday. Eating healthy can provide you the vitamins and nutrients that will improve your memory and allow you to be more alert in class.
After a long, stressful day at school, you’re probably pretty drained. School should be one of your main priorities, but it’s also important to relax and take some time for yourself.
Get involved in school.
Instead of sighing and rolling your eyes at the thought of school, try thinking more positively about it by getting involved in school activities. Participate in rallies, go to football games, attend dances, or join a club. When you find something you like to do at school, you won’t dislike it as much. Plus, it gives you something to look forward to.
Start thinking about the future.
Even if you aren’t sure what college you’d like to attend or what career you’re aiming for, try to get an idea. It’s important that you think about the future, so you’ll have a plan on what you’ll be doing when you graduate. When you have an idea of what you think your future will be like, it will motivate you to do better in high school and prepare for the future.
Do everything you can to do well this school year. If you retake benchmarks, take advantage of extra credit, take notes, and do all of your homework, you’ll get good grades. Remember, trying is better than not trying at all. Good luck, Miners!