School is out for the summer, but this is not the time to slack. In fact, this is the perfect time to start preparing for the upcoming school year. The following are some things that you can do to prepare before school starts.
Establish a routine
One of the first things you should do this summer is establish a routine for the upcoming school year. Decide how much time you will spend studying. Figure out how much sleep your body requires in order to function properly, and then decide on a good bedtime. If you plan on working during the semester, you will need to figure out how much time you can spend working and still do your best in class.
If you are fortunate enough to obtain a class syllabus, you will know what supplies you need for class. Go ahead and begin purchasing or renting your books. Getting your books ahead of time will allow you time to familiarize yourself with the subject matter and the different texts. By starting early, you increase your chances of getting a book that costs less. Now is also a good time to purchase any study guides that you might need.
Shop for supplies
Go ahead and shop for your school supplies. Some items should be saved for the last days of summer. Staple items like pencils, pens, paper, ink, ink cartridges, storage disks, and even computers go on sale just before school starts. So, it is best to wait to purchase these items.
Designate a spot to study
Whether you stay in a dorm room or off campus, you need a quiet place to study. Choose a place to complete your school work before school during your summer break. Be sure to choose a spot that is comfortable, well-lit, and free of any distractions.
Research your classes
A great way to prepare for next semester is to learn as much about your classes for the upcoming semester as possible. If you can, meet the teacher before school starts. Discuss the teacher’s expectations for the class and obtain a copy of the class syllabus.
Polish up on your skills
During the summer, don’t lose the skills that you have learned during the year. Keep your mind active. Continue to read. Visit your local library. Keep up your writing skills by writing book reports, short essays, and poetry. You can even do some freelance writing or blogging to keep up your writing skills.
Eat right and exercise
Start your semester off right by staying healthy. Consuming a large amount of fat, sugar, and caffeine can make you feel sluggish and drained. Don’t fall into this trap. Decrease your consumption of these items. Eating a healthy diet and getting some much needed exercise will help you better focus on your studies.
Prepare yourself mentally for the upcoming semester. Think positive. Have a positive attitude and focus on your personal strengths.
Summer break is the perfect time to plan for the upcoming school year. Establish a routine before school starts and purchase any need supplies ahead of time. Keep up your skills during the summer by continuing to read and writing while you are out. And, don’t forget to exercise, to eat right, and to get enough sleep.