Five Ways to Have a Successful School Year


Nour Lababede, News Editor

School only started a few weeks ago but it already feels like we’ve been here forever. Most students find it hard to keep the motivation they felt during the first days of school. Here are a few tips to keep you motivated and to help you have a successful and stress-free school year:

  1. Make a checklist of all your upcoming assignments and events. Staying organized is vital. Oftentimes, forgetting to do your homework will result in a lower grade for that class. Missing assignments can add up and it is an easily avoidable occurrence. I personally recommend buying an assignment book to write down your assignments and to draw a small square next to the assignment. As you finish your work, place a check mark in the box. This will keep you motivated and help you feel accomplished.
  2. Pay attention in class. No matter how hard it feels to pay attention in the moment, there’s nothing worse than falling behind. Stay awake during class by storing down notes and drinking water.
  3. Find the way that helps you study best. The method you use to study all depends on your personal style. I would recommend that you study using more than one method before you find a routine that fits you for each specific class. Taking practice tests before your actual test can help you know what you need to work on. If you are a visual learner like me, I suggest that you make your own study guide by rewriting class notes and drawing pictures and diagrams. Flashcards are also a useful way to study, especially with online versions like Quizlet available. If you are if an AP class, buying a review book at the beginning of the year is also recommended.
  4. Watching online educational videos can help you understand things in new ways. If I was having trouble grasping a concept or if I needed a last minute review tool, I could always rely on educational YouTube channels. My favorites YouTube channels for this purpose are Bozeman Science, Khan Academy, JoczProductions, Tyler DeWitt, and CrashCourse.
  5. Don’t burn yourself out. Take each assignment and exam one step at a time. Thinking about things in this manner will make them seem easier and less intimidating. One of the most important thing to do is to minimize stress during the school year. Complete your assignments in a timely manner: do not procrastinate. Lastly, reward yourself once you have accomplished one of your goals or when you have finished that project you have been working on for weeks.