Students of today, at least in this society, face a myriad of obstacles as they try to prepare for school. These obstacles don't vanish when school begins; they merely shape shift into another blockage that the student sees. One of the things that I like to encourage students to do in this age of technology is to utilize technology for their own benefit. Learning on the go via audio books, course training embedded in tablet-style devices and downloadable 'free' classes are just some of the ways that a student can best prepare for school. Of course, it doesn't hurt if parents take an active role in helping their child to manage their time so that they make enough time to adequately prepare for school. I'm a home school parent and the same rules apply to my children.