The start of a new school year can bring about so many different emotions. It can feel nerve-racking, while also exciting and a chance to have a fresh start. Students are eager to make new friends and reuniting with old ones. There are things we can do to help acclimate and have a strong start to the new school year.
Organization is key. Start with your desk or study area where you can tackle your homework and brainstorm. Be sure to have your space clear of clutter. Studies have shown a connection between physical clutter and mental clutter, and how having a clean space can also have a connection to one’s happiness.
Another way to prepare is by getting the necessary supplies as soon as the list becomes available. It isn’t fun to rush to the stores and dig for the last notebook. So if you haven’t done so already, check your classes and see if teachers have updated their lists. The sooner the better, and you can focus on things that are more important.
This leads to another great way to ease some stress and anxiety. If you get nervous those first few days, why not research any clubs or sports teams that your school has to offer. This is a great way to meet friends who have similar interests to you. Also, having a balance of your social life and academic demands can help you in other ways too. For instance, it helps reinforce the importance of time management and encourages communication skills.
One of the biggest adjustments is getting used to a sleep schedule. It’s important to get your body used to going to bed a little earlier and waking up earlier too. Sleep not only plays a major role in our health but also in our creativity. Tips to help you sleep better include making your bedroom a “no-phone zone,” reduce screen time the last hour before going to bed, and just like having a morning routine try an evening routine as well. Mine involves writing down my critical tasks for the next day and then read a book of choice.
Finally, a great way to prepare for success and achieve your goals is through self-evaluation. Reflect on what worked and what didn’t the prior year. This allows you to identify any gaps you may have: understanding your strengths and weaknesses. Many students just go through the motions and don’t take the time to self-assess. Making sure you are constructive in your own critique will then allow you to focus on ways to improve and become a lifelong learner.
Preparation is key. For this week’s challenge, try thinking about ways that you can get the year started off right. A first impression is important, and keeping some of these tips in mind will help make it a good one. But most importantly, being prepared will help make you happier, more confident, and lead to success!
Go make it happen,
Luly & the YTeach Team
“I believe luck is preparation meeting opportunity. If you hadn’t been prepared when the opportunity came along, you wouldn’t have been lucky.”
― Oprah Winfrey