I am sad to say it, but school has officially begun. To make things a little easier for all of you, I’ve written down 10 of my best tips to help you get through the year (you’ll do great by the way)!

Back To School Football Game - Lake Dallas High School - Maggie Kelley

Back To School Football Game – Lake Dallas High School – Maggie Kelley

 

10. Speak up!

You don’t have to add to the classroom discussion if that’s not your thing, but maybe share your thoughts with the person sitting next to you. Your mind is too wonderful to be kept to yourself!

 

9. Organize your papers!

What I’ve found is the easiest way to keep track of your papers is by using a binder with dividers, do not use folders. Folders make it impossible to keep track of your stuff, and all of your papers will fall out very often.

 

8. Do not procrastinate!

I know you’ve heard this a million times, but I cannot stress the importance of it. Netflix will always be there, but your homework is due the next day! As soon as I get home, I immediately start on my homework. Just do a couple of assignments, stop for a snack break, and then continue.

Back To School Football Game - Lake Dallas High School - Maggie Kelley

Back To School Football Game – Lake Dallas High School – Maggie Kelley

 

7. Never wonder what time it is!

I haven’t had an exciting class in 3 years, not even have any my electives been fun or interesting. I understand it is tempting to check how long you have until lunch, or even until the day ends, but don’t! Try relating to what the teacher is saying – but not so much that you daze off and start to think about one of your old memories.

 

6. Understand that your teachers are not out to get you!

Yes, you aren’t going to click with some of your teachers, but that is not your fault nor is it theirs! All of your teachers want you to learn and do better in their class. Just because they get paid for what they do, doesn’t mean they do it for the money.

 

5. Look for the good in people!

I believe this is important in all situations. Never assume someone is all bad, in fact, it isn’t possible for someone to be all bad. Try and give everyone a chance.

Back To School Football Game - Lake Dallas High School - Maggie Kelley

Back To School Football Game – Lake Dallas High School – Maggie Kelley

 

4. Rewrite notes taken in class at home to memorize them!

If you took notes on something in class, it’s probably important. I like to rewrite my notes taken in class at least once when I get home to let everything sink in.

 

3. Look at school as a privilege!

I know that all you hear from most of your elderly relatives is that you’re lucky to be going to school and you do not need to hear it from me, but it’s true! Yes, many things we learn there are never going to help us, but many things will.

 

2. Your assignments come first!

If you have a huge project to do over the weekend, you can afford to skip hanging out with your friends. Chances are, they have the same project to do. So, in a way, you’re doing a favor for the both of you.

Back To School Football Game - Lake Dallas High School - Maggie Kelley

Back To School Football Game – Lake Dallas High School – Maggie Kelley

 

1. Don’t let the opinions of others bring you down!

Yes, people are mean. I’m sad to say it, but it is true. Don’t stoop down to their level, defend yourself, and most importantly, don’t be friends with someone who makes you feel bad about yourself.

I really hope this helped you, even if it was only a little bit. But remember, these tips can only take you so far, only you can make this your best school year yet!