Sometimes, people have a stressful time, sorting out the stuff they need for secondary school. This article will teach you how to organize your school supplies so that your first day will be relaxed and easy, and so that you will simply breeze through you lessons. This will result in a happier person with better grades, and consequently more friends.
Go shopping for the necessary school supplies.
Prepare early, and purchase all your equipment a couple of weeks before school starts. Go with a mum, sister or friend, to give you inspiration if your unsure of what to get. Most schools will give you a list – if so, make sure you get every thing on it. Otherwise, ask someone whom goes to the school for advise.If you know no one older who goes to your new school, and you have no list, start with these basic supplies – remember, if you don’t have everything on your first day, it probably won’t is a big deal. Some stuff you might want to get:
A strong, durable pencil case, clearly named, big enough to hold your stuff and that stands out from the crowd.
Three HB pencils, a rubber and a sharpener
A set of coloured pencils
A ruler, a pair of compasses and a geometry set
A fountain pen with washable blue/black ink cartridges (whichever your teacher prefers – if your not sure, get a few of both)
Finally, a scientific calculator.
Make sure you have your entire uniform, well before your first day.
Check that it is named, and, if you are getting a second hand one, make sure that it is clean and ironed. A dirty, messy uniform will leave a bad impression on your teacher, and this is the last thing you need. Also, if you need to get a P.E bag, lacrosse stick, shin pads, a mouth guard etc. make sure you get that too. In the case of mouth guards, try to get it professionally fitted, to ensure your safety. Some schools ask that you get predominantly white trainers – make sure you stick to the color code.
Go on your schools website and look around. It will contain useful information, and you will probably be using it a lot this year so make sure you know where stuff is. Also read any handbooks or starter packs offered.
Put out all your pencils, books and binders and put everything in one backpack or shoulder bag (this should be strong, durable, and weatherproof). Make sure you know where stuff is, and that you have a suitable place for things like a student ID, if your school gives you one. You also may like to keep a bag of hair ties (for girls) and a small hairbrush, in case of an emergency.
If you want, get a small box of extra supplies, including cartridges, and extra pen, or some rubbers, in case you lose your current ones.
Find a way to stay on top of homework, as if you don’t, it will quickly become overwhelming and stressful. Clear some space on your desk, and devote a shelf to your schoolbooks, for when you not using them. Another idea is to get a calendar or bulletin board, so you can transfer any important events you have to it, such as exams. Most schools provide you with a homework planner/agenda, but you can usually buy them cheaply at a stationary shop if not. Make sure you write EVERYTHING down in it – exams, homework, its due dates etc. Don’t just write it down on a scrap of paper, or phone a friend later. It won’t work.
A few weeks before school, start going to bed earlier, and waking up at the time you actually need to, when you start school. Ease yourself into the schedule – and once you’ve started, don’t waste all your hard work by going to bed at 2am.
The night before your first day, lay out all your clothes neatly.
Make sure you lay out your socks, shoes and any other accessories you are planning to wear (if your school allows it)
Make a lunch if you are bringing one, or make sure you have money, if you are buying one. Take a shower, so you won’t have to do so in the morning. Check once more that everything is in your bag. Plan how you are going to do your hair. That way, you won’t stand in front of the mirror the next morning, wondering about what to do with your hair.
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Go to sleep nice and early
Wake up 15 minutes earlier that you usually would, so that you have extra time in case something goes wrong.
If everything goes as planned, you will have extra time to do whatever you like.
Take your shower, if you didn’t last night.
If you showered the night before, you don’t have to. If you don’t take a shower, then simply splash your face with cold water to help you wake up.
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This is really important, as it has been scientifically proven that people who eat a healthy breakfast do better in school. Really take the time to eat well. Some options are: All of these are good options. Don’t just eat a granola bar and say ‘I ate’.
A bowl of cereal
Yogurt with muesli
A bowl of fruit
Eggs and bacon
Brush your teeth and style your hair.
Brush your teeth well and floss only if needed. If possible, save flossing for night (and maybe even rinse with a mouthwash before bed). Brush and style your hair, but don’t overdo it. Again, don’t wear a beautiful bun with little curls if you’re going to wear a ponytail every other day of the year. If you’re style isn’t working and you’ve tried more than twice, skip it. For now stick with a bun, a ponytail, or a simpler version of what you were trying to do.
Check your bag one last time.
Think ‘Did I eat?’, ‘Do I have everything I need’, ‘Have I done everything I need to do’.
Leave slightly early.
Always try to leave early so that you have plenty of time.
At school try to make friends as quickly as possible. That way you will feel more secure. Try complimenting someone on their handwriting or something. Usually a conversation will start from there. If someone compliments you, remember to smile, say thank you, and try to return the favour.
Write your name neatly on each of your books.
You can also write the subject, you form, and your teachers name. Make sure you know where everything is, and put your P.E kit, and schoolbag away in your locker.
At lunch, if you don’t have anyone to sit with, walk up to a table with some people who look friendly and just say “Hi, can I sit with you?
” if they say no, just say “Oh, okay, have a great day” and move on. Be friendly and you’ll make friends quickly.
Try to keep everything organized and neat.
If your teacher asks a question about you don’t be shy, she and your classmates are more likely to take an interest if they know something about you. Always write neatly in your books and use a ruler to underline things.
Trying to make a good impression on your teacher is important.
She will not be pleased if you lose or forget your homework on the first day. Use your homework planner to write down all of your assignments as soon as you get them. Also write down their due dates, as well as tests. That way everything is in one place. If you have a large calendar on your wall at home, transfer items from there to your planner on the weekend. Go to your locker when you planned to.
When you get home, have a snack at do your homework.
Do not do it in front of the television. Then take a shower, pack your bag, making sure all your homework in it, read or watch T.V, and go to sleep at the time you’ve planned.
Repeat again for the next day, and every day after that!
Last but not least, try to be friendly!
This is extremely important to leave great first impressions on your teachers and classmates.