How To Prepare For School

August 9, 2017

Do your summer work.

This may seem very obvious, but it is very important. Make sure you have completed or are in the process of completing all of your summer work, including reading any books or working on summer assignments. You do not want to arrive to class your first day to find that you forgot to read a required book!

Declutter your desk.

I strongly believe that when you have a clear space, you have a clear mind. So get to work decluttering you desk and removing all of the items that are not essential to your studying or that you find distracting.

Declutter your closet.

Along with decluttering your desk, I recommend decluttering your closet and donating or selling all of your clothing items that do not fit you anymore or that you do not like. Discarding old clothing pieces and other material possessions is such a freeing feeling, and I always feel so much lighter afterwards. Not only this will make back to school shopping easier, but it will also save you time in the morning because you will have less items to choose from.

Organize your school work from the previous year.

Go through your binders, notebooks, and supplies from the previous year and discard items you no longer need. This will be very beneficial when you go shopping for school supplies, because you will know exactly what you need.

Mark school dates in your planner.

Whether you use a planner, a bullet journal, or the calendar app in your iPhone, write down all of your school related dates, such as long weekends and breaks. If you do not have any of these organization tools, I suggest trying several planning techniques out to determine which one best suits you and your schedule.

Wake up earlier.

This may not apply to you if your school starts in three weeks, but if your school starts relatively soon I would definitely start to gradually wake up earlier so you are not exhausted your first few days of school.

Shopping list.

Make a list of all of the things you need to purchase before school starts, whether it be clothing, school supplies, or books. This way, you will not forget anything or purchase any unnecessary items.

Prepare your backpack in advance.

Again, this may not be necessary if your school does not start for a while, but I recommend prepping your backpack with all of the little things—chapstick, wipes, hand sanitizer, lotion, as well as your binders and notebooks—a few days in advance.

Clean your computer.

If you have a computer, I would highly suggest going through and deleting any unnecessary files, documents, folders, etc. Not only will this clear up precious space, but it will also be a lot easier to navigate through your computer and deal with remaining files.

Make a Pinterest board.

While not necessary to prepare for the school year, making a Pinterest board containing study tips, note taking inspiration, dorm room ideas, and other school-related pins will make you more motivated and excited for school.

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