Back to School usually means lots of mixed emotions, work, friends and social gatherings. Make sure your ahead of the game with these great tips I compiled for you. If you follow these simple things, you handle the transition from Summer to Fall like a pro!


1. If you haven't already registered, try not to schedule back to back classes. You'll wear yourself out besides missing the best times to study--right before and right after class.

 2. Begin the first day of class. Know what's expected of you. Make sure to take notes from the first day, even if it's routine stuff you don't care about or you think you already know.

3. Establish a routine time to study for each class. For every hour you spend in class, you will probably need to study two hours outside class. Studying for each subject should be at the same time, same place, if possible. Study includes more than just doing your homework. You will need to go over your notes from by class, labeling, editing, and making sure you understand them. Study your syllabus daily to see where you are going and where you have been. Read ahead whenever possible. Prepare for each class as if there will be a pop quiz.

4. Establish a place to study. Your place should have a desk, comfortable chair, good lighting, all the supplies you need, etc., and of course, should be as free of distractions as possible. I like the library, because nobody bothers me and If I'm at will never get done.

5. Do as much of your studying in the daytime as you can. What takes you an hour to do during the day may take you two hours at night.

6. Schedule breaks. Take a ten minute break after every hour of study. If possible, avoid long blocks of time for studying. Spread out study sessions during the day.

7. Make use of study resources on campus. Find out about and use labs, tutors, videos, computer programs, and alternate texts. Sign up for those orientation sessions in the campus library and computer facilities. Get to know your professors and advisers. They want to see you do well as much as you do. The help is priceless.

 8. Find at least one or two students in each class to study with. Yes this means you'll have to make friends. Students who study with someone routinely make better grades. You will probably find yourself more motivated if you know someone else cares about what you are doing in the class. Studying in a group or with a partner can sometimes become too social. It is important to stay focused. No Co-ed partners. If you know what I mean.

 9. Study the hardest subject first. Work on your hardest subjects at a time when you are not tired a worn. Putting them off until you're tired make for a bigger problem and will frustrate you.

10. Be good to yourself. Your diet means a lot. Studying on four hours of sleep, an empty stomach with junk-food and being hungover is a waste of time. Avoid food and drinks that have caffeine before or just after studying. You be way more calm to focus.