Thomas’ Tips for the First Day of School

Some people prepare extensively for their return to school in the fall, others simply wake up one designated morning and go to school. For my return to school, I am preparing simply by making sure that everything is ready. This involves the common things, such as finishing summer homework assignments, but it also involves more uncommon ones. Since I’m homeschooled, I don’t have to worry about things like finding a school outfit, but I do have to make sure all my online classes are working. This usually involves going over tutorials, downloading required plugins, testing headset audio and microphone audio, etc. I’m currently (by currently I mean as soon as I finish this blog post) going to make sure everything works for my history class this way.

After I finish setting up the history class, my next step is to make sure I’m familiar with everything that was taught in the previous year, either by skimming lectures, re-reading chapters, or re-watching webinars. For example, I’m reading the first few chapters of my second Latin book, to make sure I’m caught up and possibly ahead. Being ahead is very important, in my opinion. It is always a great feeling (especially during a pop quiz), and it gives you some extra wiggle room so that, even if you are super busy or otherwise occupied, you won’t fall behind.

Last year, I worked on my first essay before the class even started. Mid-year, one class had an exam week so difficult that I was unable to work on the essay at all, but I was fine because I had gotten ahead. It’s especially lucky that I do this because my lead almost always dwindles before the year is out. When I started, I was finishing assignments a week ahead of schedule, and near the end I was finishing the day before. I’m also preparing for any tests I might take in the following year. I’ve taken the SAT, SSAT, STB, and I’m thinking of taking the ACT this year. Lastly, I’m making sure that every remaining second of vacation counts. Exercising, hanging out with friends, playing games, spending time on my personal interests, and enjoying every day. That’s what vacations are for, right?

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