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5 Tips for a Successful School Year

  1. Get OrganizedHave your child lay the clothes out they are going to wear the night before and try and plan for lunches each week. This helps save valuable time and takes the guesswork out of those busy mornings.  Also, establish a time for homework each day and prioritize coursework! Organizing papers, and keeping track of important dates on the academic calendar and extracurricular activities in a planner will also help keep students on track for success.  When you are organized and prepared, you not only eliminate stress but are more likely to be successful during the week.
  2. Rest Up This is probably one of the most important tips on the list. A good night’s sleep is crucial to a student’s academic performance the next day. Getting to bed early and waking up at the same time each day not only establishes a routine, but provides students with the energy, alertness, and motivation to start the day and be their best.
  3. Fuel UpDon’t forget breakfast! Breakfast is the most important meal, jump-starting your day and boosting energy in the early morning. Studies illustrate that breakfast consumption is linked to better cognitive function related to memory and test grades, better attendance, and better classroom behavior and vigilance which facilitates learning. 
  4. Set Goals for the School YearWhat are your aspirations for the school year? Have a game-plan for what you want to accomplish this year, and write a list of goals you want to complete. Studies show that when you write goals, you are more likely to achieve them! Whether it is to achieve straight A’s, to stop procrastinating, or to get the lead in the school play, create goals for yourself.
  5. Positive AttitudeLastly, a positive attitude is essential to a great school experience. Positivity is contagious; to classmates, teachers, and friends at school. Most importantly, positive thinking and perceptions affect learning in the classroom. Students that adopt positive thinking exhibit higher learning success. When you believe in yourself and your capabilities, you are more likely to achieve your goals!
 
Source: Carlsbad Educational Foundation