TIPS FOR GETTING BACK INTO SCHOOL MODE
Summer’s over and the new school year is here. It’s not always easy for us students to launch back into the school year after a summer of lazing around the pool or spending hours surfing the Web. Why not think of it this way: summer hasn’t started yet. Here are a few things you can do to help make the transition from summer to fall a little easier:
Tip 1: Be realistic
You’ve been gone for a long vacation; so don’t expect to get caught up in a single day. Trying to tackle everything all at once can leave you feeling stressed and overwhelmed, so prioritize what really needs to get done right away. By separating the things that can wait for a few days, it will relieve some of your first-day-back workload and stress.
Tip 2: Get up earlier
For those of you who have been going to work every day, this may not be such a big deal. But for those who have been lounging about all summer without any real preset time to get up for the day, this is definitely a good idea for you. Help yourself out by easing into waking up early while you have the chance. Every few days, wake up an hour earlier until you’re able to wake up at the time you need to when you’re back at school. Obviously, you’re going to need to adjust what time you go to bed accordingly.
Tip 3: Read a book
Hopefully, you guys are already reading books during the summer, but if you’re not, go ahead and pick one up. It really doesn’t matter what kind of book it is either. As long as you’re keeping your brain active by reading something, you’re in good shape. Ideally, you should probably look for a book that has some educational substance in it somewhere. If you’re at a loss of what to read, just go to your local bookstore or library and browse for a while until something, whether educational or not, catches your eye.
Tip 4: Plan your day and week
For success in school, creating a study plan and routine at the start of the semester is crucial. Use a planner or online calendar like Google Calendar not just to schedule all your classes, but also to carve out your study times and project due dates, referring to your course handouts. This organizing part can get you back into the work or studying mindset and even get you excited for the rest of the week or year.
Hope these tips can help you in the first few weeks getting back to your school mode and good luck with the semester. Go Tigers!