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What are my top 3 study tips for kicking off the school year?

The start of a new school year is full of changes and new challenges. In my experience, depending on the student's age or academic level, he or she should set goals starting with the most difficult subjects or classes.

These are the steps that I usually advise my students to follow:

1. Review the curriculum for the school year. This step is very important because it helps you plan in advance the volume of assignments, projects and exams. If the teacher does not provide this information to students, parents should contact the professor and get it (An outline or syllabus, at minimum). All school districts have this information assigned by grade and their specific curriculum.

2. Do not procrastinate about homework and projects. Manage your time wisely, so that you can fulfill your responsibilities and allow yourself leisure time in the end. Proper balancing of these two activities is crucial to academic success. Making a habit of prioritizing time for tasks and assignments is one of the most important steps to mastering your classes. Organizing and planning your days, weeks, and weekends allow better focus not only in school but also in everything you do in life.

3. If you get stuck, ask for HELP. Many students wait until very late to express when they have difficulty in a subject. With help, time, and perseverance, you can get good grades in school. There are many after-school programs, community organizations, and public libraries that offer homework help.

I've noticed that the level of parental involvement or tutoring is a great benefit to the student. However, I've also witnessed students who have struggled alone, without any support from their families, and still excelled in their academic work. A mentor or tutor can show them how to properly manage their time; form good study habits, as well as set and meet deadlines. These are my keys to academic success.