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It is officially time to go back to school and this year might be different than the last for many of you. Whether it’s your first time living on campus, going back in person, or adjusting to a new schedule, I have five tips to help you get readjusted for your first couple weeks of classes. 

Read Your Syllabus

Although this may sound basic, reading through your syllabus is crucial before every class. Many professors will include their contact information along with important exam dates, class schedule, required supplies, and anything else you may need to know about the class. Use your syllabus as a tool to help prepare you for what is expected from the class and get you organized. 

Write down important dates and deadlines

Most of the time, your syllabus will include your class schedule and important dates. It is very important to write down and keep track of those dates so you don’t miss any deadlines. A good way to get organized is by using a planner.

Join class group chats

A good way to meet new people and get to know your classmates is by joining class group chats or study groups. By doing this you can help each other throughout the class, keep each other up to date on what is due, and study together.

Get your supplied organized

Before classes start make sure you have all the school supplies and textbooks you need for each class. Professors will give you the syllabus early so you can get the required materials before the semester starts. You might find it helpful for your classes to color code notebooks, folders, and dates in your planner to keep you organized.

Find a good routine

Adjusting from your summer routines to your school routine will take time. A couple days before classes, plan out a routine that will work for you and stick to it. Throughout the semester it might change, but getting back in the swing of things will help keep you organized and prepared for the new school year.

I hope you find at least one of these tips helpful while preparing to go back to school. I wish you all the best of luck!

Maia is a freshman at Michigan State University majoring in Human Biology. She is passionate about health, fitness, and fashion. During her free time she loves cooking, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.
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