August is now here, and that means schools around the country will soon be starting a new semester. Everyone, from kindergarten to college, will be preparing for another year of learning and growing. At LearningRx, we love the start of the school year, and our brain training franchisees can often seen an influx of new students during this time of year. Students of all ages want to shake off the summer rust, and engaging the brain is one of the best ways to do that. In this blog, we’ll look at some of the best back-to-school habits people can start on right away.
Waking Up Early
We all know that summer is for sleeping in and lazing around on the couch until the afternoon. However, you want to be sure that your body is ready for those 6:00am alarms once the school year starts. You may have to be up in time to get the kids ready, or you may be a high schooler who has to be on campus for early band or athletic practice. With a few weeks to go until the first day of the semester, now is a great time to begin setting that alarm a little earlier each day so you can get used to getting up in time.
Figure Out Your Route
If this will be your first year of college, or your kids are going to a new elementary school, take the time to figure out the best route to your first class or the new school’s location. If you’re in college, you may have to wait to do this until you’re moved into your dorm room, but getting a campus map and walking to your first few class locations can help you feel less nervous once the semester starts. People may give you strange looks, but at least you won’t be late on your first day!
For parents who are driving their children to a new school, it’s important to know when you need to leave each morning, what streets to take and which to avoid, and what the drop-off procedure is at the school. Do you have to wait in line or can you drop your son or daughter off right in front of the school? If your child will be taking the bus, make sure you know where the stop is, what time they need to be there, and what time you need to meet them at the end of the day. If your little one will be walking to school, make sure they know the route and perhaps see if there are other children in the neighborhood they can walk with each day.
We all know that back-to-school time means that parents and students will need to buy supplies. Pencils, paper, binders, and everything else you need is on sale now (or will soon be on sale), and getting organized now can save you from headaches over the next few weeks. If you’re a college student who has already signed up for his or her classes, take the time to make a binder or get a notebook for each class (color coding each subject can also be beneficial). For younger students, make sure they have pencils, notebooks, and a backpack to carry everything.
There are many other habits you can start on this month, and the sooner you begin, the less stressful the start of the school year will be. Whether you’re a parent or a student, being prepared can give you the advantage once the academic year starts and you’re once again in a classroom environment.
If you’re interested in learning more about our brain training programs and franchise opportunities in your city, contact us today. We’d love to speak with you about our approach to cognitive skills, and how you can have an impact on the students in your community.