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Transition to a Great School Year -Tips for Readiness and Wellness

Transition to a Great School Year -Tips for Readiness and Wellness
College Counselor Cynthia Bronco

• Return to a School Year Sleep Schedule Before the School Year Begins.

Don’t let the first day of school be a shock to your system. Many teens stay up later in the summer and sleep later, but it is easiest to re-adjust if you maintain close to your normal hours for the school-year.

Several studies show that teens need 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night to perform their best and stay healthy, like the study from Johns Hopkins University seen here:


• Develop a Routine

Your school day is set for you. When you have free time, plan to take on the same tasks at the same time of day, whether it is a morning routine or evening routine.

1. Arrange for a drop-off and pick-up station in the morning. Have all of your items, such as your keys, backpack, iPad, lunch and reminders, in the same place the night before. Getting to school on time is important to set the tone for your day, and having everything you need ready the night before will save you time and decrease stress.

2. Set a schedule for homework. Do your homework at the same time(s) each day, even if it varies according to season for athletics or extracurricular activities.

Each student is different, even in the same family. Some students want to get everything done as soon as they return home, and some need time to decompress before tackling homework. Either strategy is okay as long as you are consistent. Know yourself and when you benefit from “brain-breaks.”

In my house, dessert time coincides with homework time, every night during the school year since first grade.

• Make a Homework Station

Set a quiet place away from the TV. Unplug. Turn your phone off and charge it during homework time. Turn off all of your social media and email. If you have a large or lively family, invest in noise-cancelling headphones and use your homework time to focus solely on homework; you will get more done and have more time for yourself.

People aren’t wired for multi-tasking. When you have homework, leave everything else, with the exception of snacking, for later.

• Find a Daily Planner that Works for You, and Use It

A variety of daily planners are available on the App store, and, if it works better for you, the old fashioned paper planners are sold in many retail stores for a small fee.

Many quizzes and tests fall at the end of each quarter. Plan for your take-home assessments, papers and projects to be due a week in advance.

Learn how to plan for this now, because when you are in college, professors won’t alert you if you missed a deadline.

• Stay Healthy!

Eat well, exercise and have breakfast before school begins. If you aren’t interested in athletics, go for a walk on a regular basis. Choose healthy snacks and don’t deprive yourself of sleep. Missing school and having to make up work while doing the scheduled work is a lot to tackle. Unfortunately, it happens to most everyone, but if you follow healthy practices, you can avoid it as much as possible.

If you do become ill, follow the Student Handbook for make-up work. In Guidance, we are always ready to help you plan for getting back on track!