Getting Back Into the Swing of School

Time’s up for sleeping in and staying out late. Going back to school means getting back into the routine of rising early for classes, staying after school for sports or clubs and doing homework. Maybe you even have a part-time job and responsibilities at home that you need to make time for. And you might also like to hang out with your friends now and then. So, how can you possibly do all this stuff? Here are a few tips.girl in the librabry

Budget your time. You’ve heard people say that time is money, right? Well, think about spending time like you would money. There are things you need to buy, like school clothes and supplies, and things you want to buy, like video games or jewelry. When it comes to your time, you have to spend a certain amount on things you must do and some on the things you want to do.

Get organized. Spending your time wisely can help you be successful. Use a planner or calendar and fill in the things you must do that can’t change, like classes, practice and work. Add appointments and assignments. Then, make a daily “to-do” list. Put the most important things at the top and do them first.

Establish a regular time and place for doing homework.  If it’s your bedroom, be sure it’s organized. It can be frustrating to look for an assignment when it’s a big mess — and distracting if there’s a lot of stuff vying for your attention. Doing your homework in a study hall at school or at the library may help you stay focused.

Study during the day whenever possible. Most students find that for every hour of studying done during daylight hours, it takes one-and-a-half hours to do the same work at night.

Set reasonable goals. Keep things in perspective. If you set unrealistic goals, that sets you up for failure. You want to set goals that are challenging yet attainable.

Reward yourself. When you check things off your to-do list, be sure to reward yourself for your accomplishments. Spend time with friends or do something else that makes you happy.

Get enough sleep. If you’re running on empty, you won’t be able to concentrate on what you’re doing and you’re not as likely to be successful with the task at hand.