With classes back in session Wednesday for Lawrence public school students, here are 10 tips for a successful 2004-2005 year:
- Practice getting up early before school starts to aid in the transition.
- Pick a designated spot in the home for doing your homework. This "homework spot" should be quiet, well-lit and contain the basic school supplies needed to complete most homework assignments so you don't have break your concentration.
- Try to do homework after school when the lessons are still fresh in your mind. Leaving homework until the evening, when you're likely to be tired, can be counterproductive.
- You'll feel most content on a full stomach, so have a healthy snack before or during homework.
- Always put homework in your backpack when completed so you don't forget to bring it to school the next day.
- Pick out school clothes the night before. Making your choices and ensuring they're clean and ready will save valuable time in the morning.
- Preparing lunches the night before also can lessen the load and the decision-making the next morning.
- Limit caffeine and sugar intake after dinner, since either can affect your ability to fall asleep.
- Reading before bed is a perfect opportunity to wind down, and younger kids and parents can spend quality time together.
- Use a daily planner to keep school functions and extracurricular activities organized.