Dear Amy: School begins in two weeks, and I want to have a successful year. Do you have any suggestions for how I should prepare? — Chloe S., Tacoma, Washington
Dear Chloe: There are a few steps I like to take before the start of a new school year. One item I like to have on my supply list is a planner for keeping track of assignments. Staying organized can help you remember to turn in assignments on time and use your time wisely. Also, if there is a subject that I typically have trouble in, such as math, I try to have helpful homework sites bookmarked. BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper, bjpinchbeck.com, is a good place to start.
A new school year is a fresh beginning. You can make new friends, develop good study habits and set goals, academic or social, for the year. One worthy goal could be to participate in a school activity such as a sport, club or band. School activities are great places to make new friends, since there isn’t always time to do so during the school day.
This might also be a good time to form a new study habit such as getting homework done before dinner each day. If you have a plan, I am sure it will be a terrific year!
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