Life Hacks: Getting Back into School

By KAT KNARR
Contributing Writer

After spending the whole summer waking up whenever and not having to worry about school, work and extracurricular activities, it’s hard to get back in the swing of things. Luckily, there are a few tips to make the transition between summer and fall much easier.

 If you keep a glass of water next to your bed and drink it when you first wake up, it will help you get moving faster. The age-old trick of putting your alarm clock away from you so you actually have to exert effort to turn it off works wonders as well. Setting your alarm clock 15 minutes earlier than normal and playing something calm allows you to wake up slowly instead of jolting awake. 

If you’re going for an interview or need to dress up, putting your shirt in the dryer with a few ice cubes is a great way to get rid of all those unwanted wrinkles. 

I’ve found that one of the most difficult routines to get back into is studying. One great study incentive is to place your favorite candy randomly throughout the passages you have to read. When you reach that section, you can eat the candy. Another great tip is to copy and paste your essay into Google Translate. Having it read aloud is a great way to hear mistakes and fix any errors. 

Eating breakfast is another way to start your day off right. If you get into a routine of waking up and having a good breakfast, you’ll feel more prepared to start your day off right. 

Unwinding at the end of each day is a great way to relax before bed. Watching TV, scrolling through social media or reading a book are all great ways to calm down before falling asleep. 

One of the best ways to stay on top of everything as you make this transition is to use a planner. This way, you can write everything down and make sure you have all your dates right. Treasure your syllabus, because it holds the key to all your project dates, class schedules, and upcoming assignments. 

Another great tip is to study outside of your room. 

Study in the dorm lobbies, library,  or student center. Studying in a new environment will leave you less prone to distractions.