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"Blueprints" for a Successful Year

Mikaela Garber

Managing Editor

As we are entering a new school year, many students may be wondering how to jump into the year on the right foot. Here are some handy tips and tricks to get you started:

  • I know it is hard, but try to get at least 8 hours of sleep. Getting an adequate amount of sleep will help you focus in class and while doing homework. It may also reduce your stress and improve your mood.

  • If you have a long commute to school, try to use that time to sleep, do homework, eat a snack, or do something fun and relaxing.

  • Use your agenda book or some other calendar for planning schoolwork. Having multiple deadlines for different subjects can make it easy to lose track of time and forget to do assignments. Even just writing down what you have to do can help you prioritize your time and stay on top of things.

  • Create a system for organizing your class notes. I would suggest having a separate folder for each subject and a notebook for each subject or few subjects. If you are more of a binder or ipad person, have separate areas for each subject in the binder or note taking app.

  • Don’t be afraid to email your teachers. They will be happy to help you with whatever you need, whether that be giving you extra practice or meeting with you outside of class. I promise they aren’t scary!

  • Try not to get caught up on individual grades. Doing badly on one test doesn’t mean you are going to fail the class or get a bad grade. Focus on mastering the material and don’t stress out too much. :)

Hopefully these tips will help set you up for success in the coming year! Good luck!


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