How to Prepare for Back-to-School Season

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I can’t believe the end of August is just around the corner. This means it’s almost back-to-school season! After a year of Zoom classes, it may seem overwhelming to start in-person classes again, but it doesn’t have to be. Read on to see how I’m easing myself back into the school year and in-person classes, as well as my tips for maintaining a productive mindset.

1. Clean Up and Throw Out Old Supplies

Before you buy new school supplies or plan out your outfits for the first week of school, make sure to actually clean up and throw out old supplies that no longer work or clothing items that no longer fit. Cleaning up helps you assess the things that you actually need. In the long run, this will also help you save money.

2. Buy New School Supplies

Once we’ve cleaned up last year’s old supplies, it’s time to buy new pens, notebooks, and all things school-related! This is my favorite part of the back-to-school season because it’s just exciting to think about all the new possibilities a new school year can bring. With a fresh planner and blank notebooks in hand, you’ll feel ready to take on any academic challenge.

3. Organize Your Folders and Notebooks

Once school supplies have been secured, it’s important to organize your binders, folders, or notebooks ahead of time, so you’re not scrambling when the school year actually starts. I personally like keeping binders at home since it helps me stay organized. When I’m at school, though, I rely on folders and notebooks to keep my handouts and notes in one place since they’re easier to carry around. Everyone’s method is different, so find one that works best for you.

4. Use a Planner

I’m a big advocate for planners, particularly physical ones. It helps me keep track of all my assignments, tests, and important due dates, so I’ll always be on top of my classes, clubs, and internships. If a physical planner isn’t for you, you can always try digital ones. There are so many options available online now, so just find one that works for you.

5. Declutter Your Study Space

One of the most important things to do before the start of a school year is to clean up and declutter your study space. When my desk is messy, it affects my mood and makes me feel frazzled. With a clean space, I find studying much easier since it helps me focus and not get distracted.

How are you getting ready for the back-to-school season and the return of in-person classes?