Staying in the Swing of School – Middle and High School

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The school year has started, and you’ve been excited and working hard in your classes. But maybe you’re worried about losing focus and getting out of the swing of things. If you’re starting a new year in middle school or high school, here are some tips to help you rock your new school year and to stay focused.

  1. Organize your locker
    Nothing is worse than trying to get to class on time and digging through your locker to find your Algebra binder. An organized locker will save you lots of time and might even prevent you from being late to class! Jazz it up with a mirror and some decorations or just keep it simple with locker shelves.
  2. Consider some apps to help you study
    Looking for something that can help you stay on track for your classes? Apps are a great way to help you stay organized throughout the school year. Check out some of our apps at mheonline.com/apps for ideas. In high school and looking for apps that can help you with studying? Check out this cool BuzzFeed list.
  3. Come up with a schedule to help you manage your time
    Are you a few weeks into school and already feeling swamped by extracurricular activates? Overwhelmed because you can barely remember what time basketball practice is or that you have to practice the cello after practice and THEN study for that English test? Come up with a schedule to save you stress, time, and energy. Buy a planner that helps you stay organized day to day. Prefer a digital version? Use a website like Toodledo to help create to-do lists for certain classes and give them a due date.
  4. Come to your classes prepared
    There’s nothing worse than doing an in-class activity and realizing that you don’t have any pencils, paper, or even worse, you didn’t remember your backpack. Being prepared for all of your classes helps you stay on track throughout the school year.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
    You probably already know which of your classes is going to be your most challenging one for the school year. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by that chemistry or foreign language class. Don’t understand a question during lessons? Never be afraid to ask your teachers for help. After all, that’s what they’re there for! Asking for help or clarification on a lesson or concept helps you stay focused and ensures that you don’t miss out on understanding a key idea.
  6. Join a new club or sport
    This is the time to get involved in some great extra-curriculars or pick up a new sport. Extra-curricular activities help you meet new people and learn time management. Love chess but nervous about joining the Chess club? Go for it! You might just end up making some great friends in the process.
  7. Organize your backpack the night before
    Speaking of being prepared, it can be stressful to get ready for school when you can’t find that textbook you need for 3rd period. Organizing your backpack the night before the school day ensures that you aren’t running around your bedroom in the morning panicking to find everything you need for school before you have to leave.
  8. Stay in a routine
    It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you start a new year of school. Creating a routine for yourself helps alleviate some of the stress and helps you to organize what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it!

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