BTS Series | Back-to-School Tips

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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!

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  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!

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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 | How to Use Your Syllabus

Now, if you’re like me, you like to keep everything nice, neat, and organized whenever you’re in school. Being able to tell what your next move is will make sure that you never fall behind or end up with poor grades due to just not being on top of things. One of the ways to do that with your studies is to learn how to utilize your syllabi. Now, if you’re in high school, this may not be as effective for you as many high school classes, at least in the United States, do not really make use of their syllabi. They make them as a requirement for the classes and students toss them to the side. In college, your syllabus is everything. It holds the magical key to an A in your ALL classes (Yes, I’m dead serious.). You can get a 4.0 GPA by just utilizing these tips and then following through with the needed processes after!

 

#1 Try to print off your syllabi before classes start!

Some people don’t think that is a good idea but I really feel like it gets me in the school mindset before I even get started! Sometimes your professors will actually give you copies of the syllabus in your first day of class but some just say, “You can get it online,” or “Read it online.” I don’t like this. I feel like I have enough to print off without them not giving it to me. However, this is why I’ve gotten into the habit of just printing them ahead of time. If you can’t find a place to print for free, try to print them there in smaller fonts and with less color to save some $$$.

 

#2 Talk with your professors about anything you don’t understand.

Your professors are your resource. They are there to help you. If there is something in the syllabus that you don’t understand, or eve don’t agree with, talk with them about it. They can either explain why it is there, tell you how they can accommodate you, or just assign you with whatever you need in regards to it. I always talk to my professors on the first day of classes if there’s something I don’t understand or something I feel is missing from the syllabus. It’s good to get all of that out of the way ahead of time.

 

#3 Write down all important monthly, weekly, and daily projects, dates, assignments, etc.

This is a vital first step before classes get fully started. As soon as you get your syllabi, write down EVERYTHING. All the important things you need to remember should go in your planner, to-do list, or whatever you record these things in. If you don’t use a planner, a later tip might be of more use to you for this part of things!

 

#4 Make a monthly checklist for big items for ALL classes for your planner/binder.

I think this is the best thing to do for big assignments. Whenever you make checklists (or at least for me), you always are more inclined to work on things ahead of time because you know exactly when they’re due and how much more time you have to complete them. Combining them all onto one checklist also keeps you from missing something because you’re flipping through syllabi every day to see what you have due. Big projects normally take a lot of time so this helps you manage that.

 

#5 Create an assignment list for day-to-day things that will need to be done sooner rather than later.

This is the same concept, except for same, everyday assignments! I recommend making this list all at one, just like the monthly checklist or doing it weekly (this is what I do). Writing down everything you need to accomplishment each week keeps you updated on everything, just like the monthly checklist does. If you want, you could combine both lists to make for a HUGE master list but I think splitting it up making it easier to tackle and more organized!

 

#6 FOLLOW THROUGH!

This is the most important tip of all. If you don’t use all of these resources you’re making, doing your assignments, and following the rules and information stated in your syllabi then none of this is going to help you! Your syllabi are there to guide you through your semesters with ease. Utilize them to do so!

 

I hope you all found this post useful and I wish you all the best of luck with organizing your semester! If you have any requests for back to school posts for this series, leave them in the comments down below.

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BTS | Must-Have School Supplies for College

Welcome to the first post in my back to school (BTS) series! I’m so excited for this as I love being in college and back to school helps us celebrate that. It’s so much fun to be able to buy new supplies, meet new people/teachers, and enjoy all the new things you’ll be learning. So, if you did not know, I am a college student. This fall, I am going into my SENIOR YEAR of college. It’s crazy. I’m terrified. Just… wow. I will be in school for an extra semester for my student teaching as I changed my major a couple of times but that’s okay! I’m in noooo hurry to be an adult just yet. 😅

The first post that I am including in this series is what school supplies that I find to be essential in my own schooling and hopefully this will help you narrow down what you’ll be needing as well! This can be great for anyone that is an incoming freshman this fall or even someone who is already in college and just needs a refresher for their shopping spree.

#1 Planner: My number one, definite, most important item is a planner. If you can only buy one thing besides paper and pencils, get a planner. I can’t tell you how many times mine has saved me. It keeps me grounded, my life and school work organized, and I just feel a whole lot better when I’ve got my trusty planner by my side during the semesters.

#2 Highlighters: These are my favorite way to organize my notes! I love to highlight main topics and important information in my notes as I’m writing them so I can go back and find topics easily as well as read my notes over again without any issues. These can also be great to highlight your textbooks for important information, use them in your planner, and more!

#3 Colored Pens: I love to organize my planner with colors. Color coding is great so you know exactly how everything is supposed to be whenever you’re going back to look at it. I want to start using them for my notes but it’s harder to switch pens every few seconds than it is to pick up a highlighter every few minutes. My pens are mainly for my planner but they are sooo worth it!

#4 Notecards: This is the only way that I study for exams, quizzes, papers, etc. I often read over my notes but in order to truly remember things, make flash cards of my own to quiz myself with is the best way for my to retain information. Most people think that it’s awful because you’ll forget everything right after but I don’t really have this problem all that much. Some small things may slip my mind but I remember most of the information that I study this way with ease!

#5 Binder(s) with Tabs: I used the optional “s” because I normally only use one binder for all of my classes and use the tabs to divide up my classes. HOWEVER, I’ve also done individual binders for each class with dividers to divide up things like notes, handouts, homework, exams/quizzes, etc. I like everything to be organized no matter what so either way, the dividers are a must for me. It is honestly up to personal preference on whether you want to use one binder or several. I think sizes for the binders should be 1/4-inch to 1-inch binders for individual classes or a 1 1/2-inch to 2-inch binder for all classes.

#6 Notebook(s): Notebooks has that optional “s” as well! This is because I have been using either a three-subject or five-subject notebook for all of my classes for awhile now. My “organization” for this is weird, though. I don’t divide them up into sections for classes! I actually just flip to the first unused page and write whatever I need to on that for whatever class I’m in then label the top right corner with the class name (e.g. SED 537). However, I know many people who get a one-subject notebook for each class and organize them that way. I actually am thinking about switching to this method for the upcoming semester!

#7 Sticky Notes & Flags: Last, but currently not least, sticky notes and sticky flags are an amazing way to organize your notes, planner, and anything else you can stick something to! I even put them in my textbooks. I love them for quick notes, to-do lists, marking important pages or just marking where I was on something, and so much more. They’re so versatile that you can literally come up with so many uses for them.

And that’s it for my school supplies essentials for college! I can’t wait for all the other posts to come. If you have any suggestions and requests for posts in my back to school series that I should add to the quota then leave me a comment down below! Also, tell me your must-have school supplies for whatever level schooling you’re currently in! I’m always up for adding new organization methods to my routine!

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