With fall classes just about to start up, it’s a great time to take stock of any last-minute to-do items and start gearing up for your new routine. Taking a few steps now can save you tons of time and stress in the weeks to come. Here are some ways to prep for Back to School.
Take stock of your schedule
Note what days and times you have classes. Scope out where you’ll fit in class, study, and test time. For students traveling to campus for their courses, this may be more straightforward. Online students may need to give it some more thought to see what places might work best to fit in their coursework. Creating a consistent schedule for yourself will help you stay on track. Be realistic with yourself.
Do you have to factor in a commute?
Look up directions now and figure out whether you plan to get to class via mass transit or driving. It may also be worth your while to reach out to any classmates you know to see if anyone wants to carpool.
Check what course materials are required
Just because a course is online doesn’t mean you won’t need to take notes or gather papers in a central location. If you’ll be using a computer and printer at home, make sure you have enough paper and replacement ink cartridges—nothing like running out when you’re printing a final paper to turn in! Also make sure you purchase any books or other materials once you find out what they are.
Get a handle on your sleep routine
If your fall schedule requires different bedtime or wake-up calls, give yourself a week or two to get used to it.
Make a grocery list.
Think about how to fit in healthy meals and snacks. If it helps, get in the habit of planning your meals ahead of time so you’re not scrambling at the last minute. A balance of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs will keep your blood sugar and energy stable so you can focus. They don’t call it “brain food” for nothing!
Cheers to a great fall semester!
Fall Day College starts Wednesday, September 13
Fall Adult & Online College starts Monday, September 25
More information about applying for CW classes can be found here.