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Back to School: 8 Tips on How to Start a New Academic Year

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To begin something new is always amazing. Do you feel the same about the beginning of a new academic year? Sure. You have great expectations and so many new chances. Just grab all of them.

To actually enjoy studying and be productive, follow the tips described below. Approved by both students and teachers, they will certainly come in handy and make your new academic year unforgettable.

1. Make an outline of your plans and goals

Set both short-term and long-term goals. With these little steps, you can do a better job obtaining good results.

Planning is a useful thing, though it’s often underestimated. And ignoring the planning stage is a fundamental mistake. You can check how your productivity and achievements depend on planning. Weekly planning is a good rule to follow. Daily planners can be both offline and online, letting you schedule your day in a convenient way.

Try a two-week experiment. Don’t plan anything during the first week, and just let things slide. And the next week, plan your daily routine in advance, prioritize and set deadlines. See the difference?

2. Work on your time-management skills

Being organized is a good quality for a person who studies. If procrastination has always been your problem, a new academic year is a perfect time to get rid of this annoying habit. During the summer, you had the chance to spend your time any way you wished. Once fall comes along, it’s a good time to start scheduling.

Honing your time management skills will definitely take some effort and time. However, studying is hard, especially when you don’t know how to manage time wisely. 

3. Arrange your studying environment and make a list of essential supplies

It’s better to buy study supplies in advance so you don’t wish you had them once you’re into your studying process, and comfortably organize your working environment at home. Of course, places where you can work and study differ. Suppose you prefer sitting with a laptop on your bed and simply hate your desk. In that case, make sure everything you need for your daily studying is near the bed, within your reach.

4. Combine both intellectual and physical work

Some people love sports, and some people don’t. Since your studying takes constant intellectual work, you’d better take up some physical activity, too. When people choose only physical or intellectual work, they risk evolving in an unbalanced way. After all, it’s a matter of health. So take up sports!

5. Ask your educators and classmates for help

There’s nothing to be ashamed of if you need help. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask for assistance regarding the issues you don’t understand. In universities or colleges, all the students chase the same goal – to learn well. Besides, help from peer students can be good for those who need help and those who offer it. Same with teachers. They always encourage students to ask questions related to study materials.

6. Don’t be afraid to make new friends

If you’re a shy person, it can be a real challenge for you to make new friends. Perhaps it’s high time to try the other role? Or just find an alternative. For example, you can join university clubs according to your interests. When people share the same interests, it’s so much easier to start a conversation with someone since he or she is likely to be similar to you.

7. Try to do something new

You’ve got lots of interests! Try to help somebody. Be a volunteer. Be a tutor for juniors. Or start a new job. You’ve got myriad different opportunities, so go for it.

8. Develop your own anti-stress strategies

Managing stress and bringing your life into balance is a good skill to gain. People are trying to cope with stress differently. They play sports, have a good night’s sleep, meet friends after class, or maybe they prefer watching their favorite TV series. The most important thing is to get rid of stress, or else it can grow into anxiety, depression and other terrible things. And, of course, how can people study in a productive way if their minds are wasted?

Additionally, you can master a number of anti-stress techniques that will help avoid terrible consequences of it later on.