As Summer comes to a close and the new school
year approaches there are many opportunities available to students. Getting a
fresh start for a new year of school can help to set a positive tone for the
rest of the academic year.
Here are some tips to help set you up for success this school year:
1. Set Goals
Take time to evaluate your academic standing and set clear and achievable goals for the upcoming year. These goals can be both academic and personal goals, and can be broken down into smaller, more manageable tasks. Having a clear plan for the year will help you to stay focused and motivated.
2. Organize Your Space
Set yourself up for success by cleaning and organizing your study area, backpack, and school supplies. Having an organized space can make it easier to concentrate and stay on top of your tasks.
3. Review Past Material
Before the new year starts, take time to review your notes and materials from the previous year. Refreshing your memory will help you to build a solid foundation for the upcoming lessons.
4. Create a Schedule
Establish a daily or weekly routine that includes time for studying, extracurricular activities, and personal time. Having a routine will help you to manage your time effectively and reduce stress.
5. Get Necessary Supplies
Take time to make sure you have all the required textbooks, notebooks, stationery, and any other materials necessary for your classes. Being prepared will prevent last-minute rushes and allow you to have all of the materials you need to stay on top of your studies.
6. Get Involved
Make sure to engage yourself in your school and community outside of the classroom. Consider joining clubs, sports teams, or other extracurricular activities that interest you. Being part of a community can enhance your school experience, help you make new friends, and help you build your resume.
7. Stay Positive
Approach the opportunity a new school year presents with a positive mindset. Embrace new challenges as an opportunity for growth and development.
8. Build Relationships
Remember that school is about more than just academic content. Make sure to connect with your classmates, teachers, and school staff. Taking the time and effort to establish positive relationships can create a supportive network that will be beneficial throughout the year.
9. Develop Good Study Habits
Start the year by implementing effective study habits, such as taking regular breaks, practicing active learning, and seeking help when needed. These habits will not only help you in your current academic journey but also help to prepare you to be successful in college and beyond.
10. Take Care of Yourself
Start the year by implementing effective study
habits, such as taking regular breaks, practicing active learning, and seeking
help when needed. These habits will not only help you in your current academic
journey but also help to prepare you to be successful in college and beyond.
Remember, every new year of school is an opportunity to improve, and it's okay to take small steps toward your goals. Take the opportunity of a new school year to stay committed, stay focused, and be patient with yourself.
To ensure that you're equipped with the essential insights and steps tailored to your specific grade level, we've crafted comprehensive checklists that will guide you through this pivotal month and set you on a path toward success.
College Application Students
Begin filling out the Common Application or other college application forms
Start gathering and organizing any necessary documents or information needed for applications
Double-check application requirements for each college to ensure you have everything needed
Begin drafting and fine-tuning your resume or activity list
Research and prepare for any required interviews or admissions exams
Attend college fairs or information sessions to learn more about potential colleges
Continue to work hard in your current classes and maintain good grades
Stay organized and maintain a written or digital record of all applications submitted
Stay informed about any updates or changes to application processes or requirements
and college applications.
High Schoolers in August
Start brainstorming potential colleges or universities to apply to
Begin preparing a resume or list of extracurricular activities and achievements
Begin studying for standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT
Research and plan college visits, if possible
Attend college fairs or information sessions
Start thinking about potential majors or areas of interest
Develop good study habits and time management skills
Meet with a guidance counselor to discuss college goals and requirements
Take any necessary pre-college exams or placement tests
Middle Schoolers in August
Evaluate your current academic standing and set goals for improvement
Research and familiarize yourself with the college application process
Research potential colleges and universities that interest you
Begin creating a list of colleges and universities that you would like to explore further
Research admission requirements for the colleges and universities on your list
Begin drafting your college resume or CV
Consider taking the PSAT or SAT/ACT practice tests to assess your current skill level and identify areas of improvement
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Elementary Students in August
Reflect on your academic goals and aspirations
Talk to your school guidance counselor about your college plans
Seek out opportunities for extracurricular activities or leadership roles
Develop good study habits to ensure academic success
Read books and articles to broaden your knowledge and improve reading comprehension
Practice effective writing skills by keeping a journal or participating in writing workshops