Use these strategies to start the year off on the right foot.

Organize Your Homework

  • Purchase an academic calendar with room to write notes in it.(if you must use technology to schedule and organize your homework, use google calendar, or the iStudiez Pro App, which is an easy way to keep track of your schedule, homework, and grades!
  • Take a look at all your assignments and make a list of what’s due each week.
  • Prioritize the list by arranging by due date.
  • Look at your assignments and figure out how long it will take to accomplish each task. For example, writing approximately how long takes to do math homework could be listed as 30 minutes ,1 hour etc.

Organize Your Backpack

  • Carry only the textbooks and folders for the classes you have on a given day. This will help protect your back, too!
  • Carry the following in a separate compartment: two black and blue ink pens, two pencils with erasers, a highlighter, a stack of blank index cards, and a mini pencil sharpener.
  • Always keep your assignment notebook near the top of your bag for easy access.

Store School Papers at Home

  • Make folders for each subject to store school papers.
  • At the end of each week, transfer graded school papers from your backpack to the appropriate home folder.
  • Keep your folders in special drawer away from other home clutter.
  • Hang your A + papers on the fridge for all to see! It will give you that motivation to keep getting A’s.

Organize Your Desk

  • Remove all clutter from your desk.
  • Add the essentials that you will need each day (pens and pencils, lined paper, laptop).
  • Group similar things together. Pencils/pens, post-it notes, and your stapler go in one area, while homework and projects goes in another area.
  • Keep a garbage can nearby to get rid of things.

Recommended School Supplies

  • Assignment notebook with room to write notes in
  • Pencils and Pens (blue and black ink)
  • Highlighter
  • Paper Clips
  • Folders
  • Lined Paper and index cards
  • Tape and scissors (for school projects)
  • Calculator
  • Mini Dictionary (students typically aren’t allowed to use their cellphones during the school day)

What was your biggest takeaway from these back to school tips? Do you have any questions for Alexis Avila?

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