BTS Series | Back-to-School Tips

back to school tips

Everyone has tips that they think of whenever you think of back-to-school. This is, personally, my favorite time of the year. All the school supplies, kids getting back to learning, and, let’s be real, I’m just a huge nerd. Being the nerdy teacher’s pet that I am, I’m going to give you some tips for you to take while going into the new year, semester, or whatever you call it in your neck of the woods!

back to school tips

  1. Get a planner. I cannot tell you how many times having a planner has saved my butt whenever I have been stressed to the max during a hard semester. I have to write everything down. It’s also a good place to just have your life fully planned out and ready to tackle each time you open it.
  2. Set-up your sleep schedule. Let’s face it, you’re going to be busy during school. Whether it is cramming for exams or just going to class, you need energy. You have to sleep and you can’t just live on coffee and Redbull (unfortunately). Make sure you set-up your sleeping schedule so you have the amount that you need to succeed each day.
  3. Pace yourself. Don’t go too hard in the paint and overwhelm yourself with things to do every single day. I do this a lot and almost always end up regretting it. We all need “self-care” days and you need to make sure that you have the time to fit those into your busy schedule.
  4. Keep up with your schoolwork. This seems obvious but we all can let the hussle and bussle of life take over and forget that we are actually in school to learn. Whether you’re in high school or a senior in college, you have to make sure that your studies are your number one priority. This is your future!
  5. Plan ahead. This is in all things. Whether you’re planning next week’s schedule, your workout routine, or what you are wearing for class the next day, plan it! This helps you be less stressed and keeps things from being forgotten because you were trying too hard to do it all.
  6. Keep on smiling! There may be tough times but it is nothing that you can’t combat with a little positivity and a smile. You can make it through anything that life throws at you. You are amazing, beautiful, and perfect for the job that is life. Keep on keepin’ on, baby doll!

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BTS Series | “Today’s Schedule” Printable

today's schedule printable

Got another printable for you lovely people to help out with all your back-to-school needs. This is one that I honestly think could be used for anyone, even if you aren’t in school, but I love to lay out my schedule each day and this gives you an easy format to do it in 30-minute increments!

today's schedule printable

Click here to download the “Today’s Schedule” printable!

You can even print a ton of these and make your own binder so you can just turn to a new page each day you have something you need to plan for. I think this is an awesome way to make sure you are hitting all your goals and planning each day thoroughly.

Let me know in the comments if you download and share on social media with #lokprintables with all your planning updates to this gorgeous template.

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BTS Series | Backpack Essentials

backpack essentials

Back to school is around the corner and you will be living out of your backpack soon enough. Knowing that, there are some things that everyone should have in their backpack (yes, even you men out there!) whenever you are walking around campus all day. Now, if where you live is like Kentucky right now, it is blazing hot so you’ll need to keep a couple things specific to your own location if those do not apply to you but I am going to share some basics that I always felt necessary when starting up a new semester.

backpack essentials

#1 Notebook

I always kept a five-subject notebook for my courses and just had all my notes in one place. Some people prefer one notebook for each course or using a binder with loose leaf paper. Whatever works best for your personal taste should be just fine but just make sure you have something to take notes, make reminders, and just start off the semester on a good note.

#2 Writing Utensils

Being a college student, it doesn’t much matter what your preference is for this but I usually stick to mechanical pencils and Papermate Flair pens or gel pens. Those are my personal favorites for notes and my planner so I always have them on hand. Pens, pencils, markers, or whatever you want to write with should be perfectly fine but I always suggest having some type of pencil at the very least.

#3 Planner

I am a planning gal. I write down everything including meetings, classes, important dates, work schedule, reminders, etc. I need to have all these things written down somewhere or documented some how or I will forget about them. This is why a planner is essential to my backpack during classes. If you work better out of technology then you may consider carrying your phone (which you probably already do) or a tablet/computer to help you keep things “written” down.

#4 Water Bottle

I normally either reuse water bottles or get one that I can just fill up whenever (but I always seem to lose these, unfortunately). I always suggest water because you are going to be going nonstop most days and will need to stay hydrated to keep up with class and all the walking to different buildings, especially if your college’s town is as hot as mine is right now).

#5 Snacks

I have low blood sugar so having granola bars, mints, gum, etc. is engrained in my head. I think you should always carry light snacks just in case you don’t have time to run through a drive-thru or make it to lunch at the dining hall. You need to stay energized and food does that!

#6 Highlighters

I am a firm believer in highlighting in my notes, textbooks, planner, etc. I always like to have them with me, even if I barely use them for a certain class. It’s something that I always want to grab for and regret not having when they aren’t in my bag.

#7 Sticky Notes

Or notecards. Whatever works best for you. I prefer sticky notes because I put them in my notebooks or planner have the time and that way they don’t fall out and I have less of a chance of losing them. I use these for to-do lists, notes on assignments, important information, etc. They’re handy and easy to pack!

#8 Headphones/Charger

Running around all the time can be boring and that can cause the usage of technology to be a lifesaver… unfortunately it does not save your battery. Having headphones will give you something to do using the off times but I’d make sure you always have a backup phone charger in your bag for emergencies. Additionally, if you prefer to just bring a laptop, this might help save your phone from the brunt of the battery loss!

Those are all the things I suggest having in your backpack going into the new semester. Obviously, things change depending on where you go to school, what you need in your courses, and just you as a person but these are things that I generally see myself and my friends having whenever we are starting off. Let me know your must-haves in the comments!

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