It's crazy, but the next school year is already knocking at our doorstep.

I can't believe all the school supplies are hitting the shelves at stores here in Great Falls.

I always find myself in one of the aisles purchasing pens I don't need. haha

I remember growing up; the back-to-school season could be exciting and overwhelming for everyone involved.

And waiting until the last minute to prepare for the new school year, let's not even go down that road.

Below are a few back-to-school hacks to make the academic year successful!

Get Organized

Invest in a planner or use digital tools to schedule your classes, assignments, and extracurricular activities.

Create a Study Space

Designate a quiet and distraction-free study space at home where you can concentrate on your schoolwork. I still found ways to distract myself, but it's worth a try.

Set Goals

Establish clear academic and personal goals for the year. Setting goals will give you direction and motivation throughout the year, ensuring you stay focused on your priorities.

Revise and Refresh

Take some time before school starts to review essential concepts from the previous year. Yes, I know this sounds miserable, but it will help, I promise!

Build a Support Network

Having people to turn to when you need help or guidance can significantly impact your academic journey.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

I understand it's tough to find time, but a healthy lifestyle is crucial for optimal academic performance. Ensure you get enough sleep, eat nutritious meals, and exercise regularly.

Limit Screen Time

Reading this article contradicts what I'm about to suggest, but while technology can be a powerful educational tool, excessive screen time can harm productivity and well-being.

Take Breaks

Yep, breaks are good! Studying for extended periods without breaks can lead to burnout and decreased efficiency.

Communicate with Teachers

Build strong lines of communication with your teachers. Feel free to ask questions or seek clarification on assignments and course material.

Embrace a Growth Mindset

Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth rather than obstacles. Believe in your ability to learn and improve with effort, and don't be discouraged by setbacks. A growth mindset will boost your confidence and resilience, enabling you to overcome academic hurdles effectively.

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