By Ceylin Erkan '23
As the summer draws to a close, we begin a school year that is closer to normal than the last two. With that in mind, I wanted to share a few back-to-school tips that will help you be organized and use your time effectively!
1. Manage your time after school.
When you arrive home after classes/sports, put any distractions away and begin working on your homework, starting with the most challenging or longest assignment and ending with the easiest. Taking 5-10 minute breaks between each assignment rather than finishing all of your work in one sitting will help you work more productively.
2. Write everything in your planner in detail.
Doing this will give you an idea of how much homework you have and how long the work that you have to complete for each class will take. From there, you can tell which assignment will be the most demanding and begin working on it. This helps you manage your time efficiently, and you will feel motivated after crossing out a long task in your to-do list.
3. Prioritize sleep.
Many students give up hours of sleep to study or finish homework, but studies have consistently shown that being well-rested translates to improved academic success and focus. Working systematically towards a test is generally much more effective than studying for several hours the day before the test. The latter will only leave you with frustration and prevent you from dedicating enough time to other classes and activities.
4. Plan out the years ahead.
During the first few months of school, make a plan of which classes you will take for the rest of your high school career so you have a general sense of how you will fulfill your graduation requirements. It will also be easier to choose or change second-semester classes if you act early in the school year. I would recommend making these decisions according to your academic interests and talking with your advisor and teachers if you have questions!
5. Dedicate time to extracurriculars you truly enjoy.
Consider what activities outside the classroom are meaningful to you and invest your time in them. Some extracurriculars like sports are a significant time commitment, so it’s important to weigh all of your options before making decisions.
Enjoy the back-to-school season!