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Preparing for your first week back

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Preparing for your first week back

The holidays can’t last forever, so you may as well be prepared.

School is coming, and this could be a very important year for you. So now there are two options: walk into your first class and ask if you can borrow a pen, or be a bit more prepared for everything that’s going to be thrown at your face over the next couple-three trimesters.

Air out your bag well in advance

It’s entirely possible that you came home on the last day of last year, slung your bag in the direction of your wardrobe and didn’t think about it again until now. So… what’s in that thing? Hopefully not a fermented banana. Even if there aren’t any foodstuffs present, clear out all the papers and chewed pencils and random junk you stuffed in there. Empty the whole thing out and start fresh.

Have a note-taking system ready

We’re not talking about those notes you scribble down when your teacher starts throwing equations or historical figures at you. We’re talking about a system of reminders for yourself that you’ll stick to. It might be a diary you write important stuff in as soon as you hear about that important stuff instead of assuming you’ll remember later. It might be a note-taking app on your phone. It might be the back of your hand. Please don’t make it the back of your hand.

Think about your goals

What do you want to achieve this year? Write those goals down (not on the back of your hand). Actually, we’ve talked about goals a bit here before, so read this article. Efficient!

Know where your help is

There are plenty of people and places and resources you can turn to when you need some support this year. There’s yours truly for starters, including many Study Hacks and #allthefeels pieces to help you navigate this crazy world called high school. Outside of A*STAR, you have teachers, fellow students and a whole world of books, websites and discussion forums to help you if/when you get stuck. Go through them now, before things get scary.

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