5 Ways to Prepare for Going Back to School

By Zoe Verelli

It’s about that time again: all of us students are getting ready to head back to school. After having a few weeks off for the holidays, most of us don’t want to give up the good life just to attend classes and stress ourselves out over homework.

Sadly, we have to. To help some of you dreading the start of the semester, here are 5 ways to prepare:


  1. Schedule

Schedules are tricky things. Sometimes you’re forced to go to school five times a week, but if there’s any way that you can adjust it so that it dials back to three or four days, it’ll be much easier on you.

Classes are another thing – make sure that you have classes that you’re either looking forward to attend or mentally prepared to tackle. As we all know, there are some that are more difficult than others, so trying to create a balanced schedule is important. Try it!


Blue backpack overflowing with various school supplies including notebooks, pens, pencils and calculator.

  1. Supplies

Some of us may not grab our supplies or books right away, but this only makes things more stressful as the semester unravels. This means you should aim to go to your first day of classes with any supplies you may need, and once you decide that your schedule suits you just fine, then make your way to the bookstore ASAP. We all know how annoying it is to wait in those insanely long lines.



  1. Routine

It’s definitely hard to get back into the routine that accompanies school life. This is why you should try to ease yourself into the change. For example, if you’ve been waking up every day passed 11 a.m. but have classes starting at 8 a.m., you’re in for a rough ride. Work up to it before school hits you. Have your alarm set to an earlier time each day before the start of school, and by the time the semester starts, you’ll be better off.

Once your semester starts, you might find it difficult to accommodate the demands of a routine but the sad truth is that you have no choice. If you know yourself to get sleepy in class, pack something that’ll keep your energy spiked. You can even decide to go to bed earlier, as horrifying as that may seem to some, it helps!



  1. Homework

This is easier said than done but seriously, get your homework done on time. If you’ve got spare time and have an assignment due the following week, get on it. It’ll save you a lot of unnecessary stress.

For some, it may help to actually make use of the agenda your school supplies. It will work as a schedule so that you’re aware of which assignments are due when. I mean, the agenda is included in your tuition, might as well take advantage of it.



  1. Time Management

The elephant in the room… time management almost seems impossible. We’re human, we’ve got so many things going on. Trying to organize our time so that we have enough for our school life and social life is so hard.

You don’t need to make drastic changes, just make sure that you have enough time to do whatever you need to for school. All of that extra time can be reserved for partners, friends, and family.


For those who keep these key factors in mind, you’re sure to do well this semester.

Good luck to all of you!




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