Before you know it, school will be back in session, and you’ll wonder where the summer vacation went. We all know that the first week of high school can be rough, especially if you had no routine during the vacation.
Making that transition back into the classroom can be easier if you take some time to prepare for class before the classes actually begin. Transition will make your stress level much lower, and it will help you prepare for taking classes in college. There’s no teacher or parents to make sure you do your homework or prepare for class at the beginning, so doing this now will help you be successful in college.
1. Adjust Your Sleep Schedule Ahead of Time – I used to be the person that would sleep in until ten or eleven every morning of summer vacation. When I had a job earlier this summer, I had to wake up earlier to make sure I would be in the office by 8:45. While this isn’t that bad, it’s still an adjustment, and the first few days, I really struggled because I wouldn’t go to bed until one or two in the morning. Waking up at six-thirty to go to work was tough with little sleep.
Take the time to adjust your sleeping schedule back now. You should know what time you need to wake up at for school. Every day, go to bed a little bit earlier, and set your alarm a little bit earlier, even five minute increments will help transition. It’ll be hard at first, but once school comes around, you’ll feel much better waking up early.
2. Do the Summer Homework during the Summer. I know, it seems like being prepared in high school isn’t always the thing to do, but by building this good habit, you’ll be a valuable employee in your career. Even if you aren’t thinking about your career now, it’s never too early to establish habits (can you tell it’s all about habits)? Do the summer homework now so you don’t have to sweat about it the first week, when you’ll have more homework to do. Even working on it a few minutes a day will make it much easier.
If you have a summer reading book, I’d even suggest reading it multiple times. Read it once to get through it. Read it a second time to annotate it and take lots of notes. Read it a third time to really understand it. Only then would I suggest using sparknotes won’t help you ace the test if you haven’t read the book, but it can be a great assistant to filling in some gaps for you. You still need to read the book, though.
3. Get your parents involved. If high school is about preparing to succeed in college (at least it was at my school) so you can succeed in your career, it’s best to start now. If you’re working on setting up new habits, get your parents on board. They can help you help yourself be accountable. It’s so much easier to start out with an accountability partner. Once you get the habit down, you’ll be good, and it’ll be easier to do it in college where you won’t have Mom or Dad to help you remember. Habits are all about being a routine, where you shouldn’t have to even think whether you do it or not. Set those habits up now, so by the time you’re on your own, you’ll do them, no questions asked.
Summer vacation is supposed to be fun, I know. But once you’re in high school, you need to figure out how to use it productively, too. Taking time to build these habits now will help you keep them up throughout the school year, and throughout life too.
Laura is a current college student, author and blogger at Ginger + Company. She’s also a redhead (which we love) with a great sense of humor. Thanks to her for sharing her wisdom.