The school year starts in a matter of days—hours, even. Are you ready for it?
Yeah, you’ve got all your classes and know all your teachers’ names (even if you’re not sure which teacher goes with which class). You’ve got pencils and pens and paper and notebooks.
But are you really ready?
Fact is, being psychologically ready for school is even more important than knowing where that 11:30 class is. Well, maybe not, but it’s pretty dang important.
There are a couple things you need to do yesterday to help get yourself ready.
First, start getting to bed on time! This is tough for a lot of people, especially teens, but it’s incredibly important. Theoretically, teens need about 9 ¼ hours of sleep each night, according to the Sleep Foundation. Do your best to get it!
The second thing to do is to go into school with a plan for taking notes. There are few ways you can start a school year off worse than by going to class and mindlessly sitting there, hoping your doodles of porcupines (because porcupines are easy to doodle… try it sometime) magically turn into great notes. Ain’t happening. You need a system!
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help in advance on any topics you know you’re going to have trouble with. If you’re really bad at math and dreading calculus or algebra this year, arrange with a friend now to meet during the school year. It’s better to start tutoring at the beginning of the year, even if it’s only informally, than to wait until you really start to struggle in the subject.
So: get good sleep, plan your note taking and arrange for any tutoring before the school year starts.
And then go figure out where that 11:30 class is supposed to be.