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How to Succeed in School Next Year

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With this school year coming to an end, many are already thinking about their following school year and the anxiety associated with a new beginning. Some may be trying to recover from bad academics last year, and some may be trying to maintain their grades. For others, making new friends is a goal for their next school year. Regardless, here is a guide to whichever success you need.

If your goal is academics-related, establish a strictly scheduled study/homework schedule. Dedicate more time to harder classes. Then, choose a study method that works for you. Figure out if you are a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner. Tailor your study habits to work for you. Then, buy school supplies that can accommodate your studying needs. I would highly recommend a thick three-ring binder with dividers, and a color-coded notebook for each class. For people with procrastination issues or homework forgetfulness, I would highly recommend buying a planner. These planners can help to reduce stress and grasp what you are working with. Slowly progress through your checklist, taking on easier tasks first, and working on harder tasks later. 

If your goal is more socially related, my best recommendation is to join a plethora of clubs that sound interesting. Not only will they help you make new friends who share similar interests, but they will also help boost your resume. Trying out for sports teams is also a great way to make friends, even if you are not particularly talented in that sport. 

Lastly, establishing good relationships with teachers is critical to having a good academic career. Good relationships with teachers will not only allow for a smooth year but also provide a chance for good recommendations and countless other opportunities. Also, having good relationships with teachers can help boost your academic performance when requesting help or extra credit. 

Overall, these tips will help you achieve academic success in your next year, and pave the way for future opportunities and successes. 

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