Today I decided to share some essentials for back-to-school that you might forget. There are certain things I have found very helpful over the years, from physical objects to learning techniques. I hope this post is helpful!
- Quizlet/Index cards: Making flash cards is one of the oldest tricks in the book, and for a good reason. Flash cards are great for classes like Spanish or biology, when you need to memorize terms. They are also good for practice tests, so you can write the question on one side and the answer on the other. When I use flash cards, I tend to score higher.
- Review books/websites: If you are taking AP classes, make sure you are using the AP website. There, you will find practice tests and old exam questions that might be repeated on your test. Additionally, the College Board makes review books that you can use to prepare for the exam. I used both of these tricks and scored very well on my exams.
- Planner: I am the type of person who needs a calendar to remember everything I need to do. Some schools give you a free planner, but if yours doesn’t, there’s no shortage of agendas on the market. It helps so much with organizing your time and if you write down all your homework as soon as it’s assigned, you won’t forget about it. I can’t just rely on my memory.
- Google account: My school email address is powered through Google, so I have an entire account. If you don’t already use Google drive, it is free and you’ll never need a flash drive again. It’s a very good idea for typed school assignments.
- Close-toed shoes: If you’re taking a science class, it is a good idea to keep a pair of close-toed shoes in your locker in case you do a lab. My teachers usually told me ahead of time if we needed shoes, but just in case, it never hurts to have extra shoes ready.
- Functioning calculator: It may go without saying, but your calculator should be in good working condition. My graphing calculator broke during the ACT (it literally had its wires crossed!) and that’s a situation that none of you need in your life. If your calculator is malfunctioning, get it fixed or get a new one.
- Reading glasses: I know, I know. I had to get reading glasses at the age of sixteen, but let me tell you, those things helped me tremendously. If you have poor eyesight like me, a pair of readers can work miracles. Don’t let vanity get in the way of your academics!
- Snow brush: You might park your car in the garage at home, but at school, you’ll be wanting a snow brush when it snows all over your car. I live in a really snowy part of Ohio, so snow gear is very important during the winter.
- Breakfast: DO NOT SKIP BREAKFAST! It is appalling the amount of kids I know who skip the most important meal of the day! You will not be successful at school if all you can think about is how hungry you are. If you don’t like to eat a lot in the morning, pack a bar or a piece of fruit to eat mid-morning to keep your blood sugar up! Please!
- A good attitude: When you smile, try to do well, and are overall pleasant, you will find that school will be a lot more enjoyable. Showing up tardy and complaining about how tired you are and that you’re going to fail this test does no one any favors, especially you. Have a good attitude and you will see good results.
What are your essentials for school? I’ll be posting more blogs like this one as the end of August approaches.
Thanks for reading!
Featured Image: Canon Rebel T5; Kent State University.