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Tips & Tricks: Back to School Guide

September 5, 2017

Hello reader!

School is back in session! Nervous about going back? Don't be! Whether you're starting the year at a new school or simply going back for yet another semester, we're here to help you out; providing you with all the tips and tricks on what to do on your first week back. 

Keep reading to find out how to start the year off strong!

And stay tuned for more Back to School posts coming at you this month!

Items featured: Agenda: (similar) / Glasses: BonLook (here in black)


Tip 1: Organize your agenda or calendar!

Everyone's smart phone has a calendar feature that allows you to type in your important information, keep track of your dates with appointments and even reminds you of your upcoming events. However, we often feel that physically writing these important dates or information down on paper allows us to remember that upcoming appointment. Often, even including reminders of the events the week before keeps you in check. As well as color coordinating subjects with different highlighters or pens. So in order to stay organized and to manage your time efficiently, keep an agenda or a calendar to stay in track with tests, assignments and other significant dates. Also, don't forget to bring your agenda with you to school! 


Tip 2: Get your school ID ready the week prior.
If your school is open and allows you to take your school ID picture before the semester actually starts, get ahead of the line and do it before the beginning of the year. Often, the first week boasts long and tiresome lineups. So avoid all that by doing your ID in advance


Tip 3: Prepare a lunch the night before (or Sunday for the week ahead)
Preparing your lunch for the week ahead makes leaving for school in the morning so much easier. All you have to do is grab it from the fridge, stuff it in your backpack and hit the road! Saves you so much time to get ready in the morning and eliminates the stress of figuring out what to pack for lunch before heading out to school. Also, buying lunch everyday can become quite expensive and if you are like us, you want to save every dime that you have. Therefore, by preparing a lunch, you can help your wallet too!

For those of you who have morning classes, make sure to prepare your breakfast the night before! If you check out our Pinterest board (here), we have plenty of recipes that you can try out. There are so many healthy and delicious options that will give you lots of energy to start you day. 


Tip 4: Keep your metro/bus pass/parking pass up to date.
There's nothing worse than being late for school, getting on the bus and realizing your bus pass has expired and you don't have any change on you. Or, getting to school with your car and realizing you can't park in the school's parking lot because your pass is expired. Eliminate that stress by making sure your passes are up to date and that your bus pass is filled with enough tickets for your travels. Write it down in your agenda (see Tip 1) or in your phone so you know when you bought your monthly pass/tickets/when your pass expires - even set yourself a reminder.

If you have a student OPUS card, make sure to check the expiry date that is indicated on the card itself. If you need to renew your OPUS card, you can go to the Berri-UQAM metro station or you can do it online if you are a university student. Students from Concordia, McGill, ETS or Universite de Montreal can go on their school portal and access the OPUS renewal link there. 

Tip 5: Pack a notebook and a pen/pencil.
There's nothing that's more irritating than that one person in your class that always shows up without any supplies and often searches the class for a loose leaf and a pencil. Don't be that person! Make sure you pack at least a pencil, an eraser, and a notebook (or even a couple of loose papers in a duo tang). Even though it is the first week of class, teachers can start to teach the curriculum and it's important that you stay focused by writing notes. Many teachers do allow their students to take notes with their laptop, however we still suggest to bring paper and writing utilities in case there is a small assignment the teacher wants you to hand in for participation marks. We really like the Five Star spiral notebooks because they have built in separators that divide your subjects but still keep all your notes in one book. It cuts down on the amount of items you have to bring in your backpack! 


Tip 6: Set your alarm! 
We sometimes forget to set our alarms the night before which can lead us to sleeping in, being late or missing class entirely. If you use your phone as your alarm, there is often a feature to schedule the days you want your alarm to ring. So program them according to your school schedule and make sure it coincides with the time you need to take the bus! Take note that sometimes putting several alarms in the morning is the best thing to do in order to wake up especially if you are the type to press snooze. 


Tip 7: Plan out your outfit the night before 
Planning your outfit the night before can save you a lot of time and stress in the morning- especially if you are running late! We suggest planning your outfit in accordance to the weather of the next day. Also, we think it is best that you take your clothes out of your closet and get your things ready so you don't have to look for them the morning of. Sometimes, you have your outfit in mind but then you can't find it the day of and you realize your clothes are in the wash. It happens to everyone!  

Tip 8: Figure out the best sleep routine for you.
We've all been there - it's 4AM, class starts at 8AM and you're wide awake cramming for an exam or finishing up an assignment. By the time you get to school, you're completely exhausted because you've barely gotten any sleep. Try to find a sleep schedule that'll work for you. Sleep is so important for your overall health. Keeping a schedule and going to bed at a reasonable hour in order to get your 7-8 hours of sleep will help you feel better in general but also help you concentrate and stay awake in class. 


Tip 9: Do your homework - avoid procrastination! 

We're both victims of procrastination. We put off assignments until the very last minute that they need to be done. It's a bad habit that needs to be broken! Try doing your homework as soon as you can. That way, you can get it done sooner rather than later and maybe even have more time to look over your assignment to ensure everything is done to your liking. As mentioned before, schedule yourself with your agenda and write yourself a to-do list. Everyday, on your calendar or agenda write the tasks that you want to complete. This will help you to stay on track of what needs to be done and what has been completed. Make sure to cross off any of the assignments that have been completed. 



Hope you all enjoyed our back to school guide and hopefully you'll try to implement these tips into your daily routines.

Comment down below and let us know if you found any of these tips useful, already have implemented them into your routine or if you have any other tips to share.

Hope everyone has a great start to their semester!

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All our love,

Casandra & Kristin






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