Tips for a strong start to the new school year

As a student myself, I have some pre-back-to-school rituals that I practice each year to help me get back into learning mode without struggling. Here are some of my tips that I hope you find helpful:
1. Get into your new routine ahead of time: If you’re used to spending your summer days sleeping until noon, a good way to keep from feeling fatigued once school starts is gradually working your way back to waking up at an earlier time. For the month of August, or the few weeks remaining, try waking up an hour and a half earlier than you normally would. It’ll give your body time to adjust to the new schedule gradually, rather than all at once.
2. Don’t stress about materials: Sometimes it’s easy to get organized ahead of time. Some teachers will tell you what materials you’ll need, others don’t. If you don’t know what you’re going to need, don’t stress! Just bring a notebook and one folder to school with you on the first days of class. Collect everything, and when you get home you can organize yourself and decide what you’re going to need for each of your classes. This also saves you from buying too many things, or having to make multiple trips.
3. Pick out a great back-to-school outfit: It’s important to feel good in order to have a good day. If you’re wearing your favorite jeans and converse sneakers, you’ll feel cool and people will see that. Confidence will attract people and make them want to get to know you. But be careful—the coolest outfit may not be the one your most comfortable in. Make sure what you’re wearing is comfortable and is still your style. If you’re uncomfortable, you won’t be able to focus on the excitement of the new school year.
4. Eat breakfast: It’s cliché but it really is important to have a hearty breakfast—especially before a big day! If you spend the whole morning counting down the minutes until lunch, you won’t be able to enjoy seeing all the people you haven’t seen all summer. They don’t want to hear you complain about how hungry you are, they want to hear how awesome your summer was!
5. Make the best of every day: Starting school always comes with the downside of saying goodbye to summer. But hey, that’s life. Since none of us have a choice, focus on the positives of the new school year and be thankful that you have a great education system and the chance to learn—lots of kids around the world would love to be in your shoes. Gratitude is the key to happiness, so keep that in mind next time you’re bummed out about school.
I hope these tips help someone out there have a great start to the new school year.


As a fellow tutor AND a mom of two teens, one off to college for his second year and the other a junior/senior at Geauga Academy, I appreciate this blog entry.  You have hit upon the main themes needed for a great kick-off to another school year.  I especially can relate to number 5.  I sponsor a child through World Vision, a Christian, child sponsorship ministry, and it is absolutely true: Many kids around our world would love to have an opportunity to go to school --as well as have shoes!  And gratitude indeed is the key to happiness.  I'm grateful you took the time to compose this and post.  I will be sharing with my students.  Thanks, Shari


Victoria H.

Victoria: French & Spanish Tutor

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