Starting off school on the right foot is important to your outlook for the whole year. If you start off doing well, you should be able to keep it up. Go in with a good attitude and work ethic and before you know it you’ll be doing well.
The key to starting off school off right is to make sure you have all the right supplies. Pre-buy your textbooks, print off your syllabuses, and make sure you keep a planner. Having your textbooks and syllabuses ahead of time is great because you can look over them ahead of time and come with questions. Keeping a planner is definitely necessary to being successful in college. It organizes your schedule and keeps all your homework due dates in order if used properly. Most school offer school planners in the bookstore along with all your books, syllabuses can be found online.
Next I like to make sure I actually pay attention in class. It’s hard when you’re allowed to be on laptops the whole time. Read your material ahead of time and try to come up with some way to relate it to your life. If you can find some way to be genuinely interested in what you’re learning you’ll be much better off in the end. Keep good notes and be sure to note how the material can relate to you, it’s important to take good notes and highlight because it will keep you focused as long as you aren’t doodling on your paper instead.
An additional way to get off on the right foot is to eat and sleep well. Eating good solid meals is helpful to your focus and just good for you in general. Add a granola bar to your bag for between classes and keep water in your bag for hydration. Along with eating be sure to sleep really well so you’re not falling asleep throughout the day. Getting a proper night’s sleep is important to your health and focus in class.
Follow these three tricks to starting the year and you should start it off right. If you try and come prepared and stay focused in class you should be off on the right foot. School is exciting at first and it is hard to stay focused but it’s possible with a little determination and hard work to have a good time and do well in classes. Best of luck!