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With school right around the corner, it’s time to start prepping for your new semester. As daunting as all those books, assignments, and exams may seem, getting back into the swing of things is easier than you think. If you’re anything like us, though, you’ll probably need a little extra help to get there.

After all, it has been a while since we last saw our favorite literature-loving nerds. Luckily for you (and us), we’ve put together a few helpful tips and tricks that will make getting back into the groove of things at school much easier than you think.

Make a To-Do List

One of the most basic but also most effective ways to get ahead on studying and schoolwork is to make a to-do list. While this may seem like a no-brainer, it’s important to note that not all to-do lists are created equal. You need to make sure to set specific time frames and goals that are workable and reasonable for you to achieve so you don’t get overwhelmed. An easy way to do this is to break up your tasks into daily, weekly, and monthly sections. This way, you can make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew, and you don’t get too overwhelmed.

Network and Stay Organized with Your Classes’ Google Calendars

Another easy but effective way to stay organized is to network with your peers. This can be done by joining on-campus clubs and organizations, or even finding a mentor. It’s also super helpful to add your courses’ Google calendars to your Google calendar so you can stay on top of due dates. If you are just starting high school you can schedules your classes and see if your teacher has a link for schedules. If you’re attending a more unconventional school, like a community college, you can ask your professors if they have Google calendars and if they’d be willing to add you as a guest.

Don’t be afraid of the library!

Every student’s least favorite place is the library. But if you don’t go, you’re only hurting yourself. Sure, it can be loud and stressful, but that’s why you need to know how to survive there. First, bring your own headphones (they’ll make you less of a nuisance to other students). Next, familiarize yourself with the layout of the library so you can quickly find the resources you need and avoid heavy foot traffic. Third, make sure to get there early and stay late if you plan on studying there. That way, you can avoid “the rush” to find a spot and the general noise.

Start Your Studying Early

You might think that starting your studying as late as possible is the best way to prepare for your classes, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s important to note that the best time to start studying is actually a few weeks before the start of your semester. This gives you enough time to get caught up on all the material you’ll need to know for your upcoming classes and gives you a little leeway in case you get too wrapped up in your studying and miss a due date. If you’re not sure where to start, try taking a look at your school’s syllabus and course catalog.

Don’t forget to enjoy yourself!

This may be obvious, but it’s important to remember to make time for yourself while you’re at school. It’s easy to get wrapped up in your classes, social life, and extracurricular activities that you forget to take time to recharge. Try to set aside a few hours each week to do something you enjoy, whether that be reading, watching a show, going out with friends, or just relaxing at home. It’s important to remember that while school is important, it’s not everything. School can be a fun, adventurous time in your life, but it’s important that you take it seriously, too.

With these tips and tricks, you can make sure to get ahead on your schoolwork, stay organized, and have a stress-free experience getting back into the groove of things.

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