10 Tips for First Day of School Success

First Day Success for students

Many of you are either getting ready for a new school year or just starting the new year! Which can be both exciting and overwhelming. With new classes, new teachers, and new classmates, it’s easy to feel like you’re drowning in a sea of uncertainty. But fear not! With a little bit of planning and organization, you can start the school year off right. Here are 10 tips for getting organized before the first day of school (or after the first day even!).

Tip 1: Clean Your Workspace

Before you start any schoolwork, it’s important to have a clean and organized workspace. This means removing any clutter, dusting off your desk, and organizing your supplies. Having a clean workspace will help you stay focused and productive throughout the school year.

Tip 2: Set Goals for the Year

Setting goals is a great way to stay motivated and focused throughout the school year. Take some time to think about what you want to achieve academically, socially, and personally. Write down your goals and keep them somewhere visible to remind yourself of what you’re working towards.

Tip 3: Create a Schedule

Creating a schedule is key to staying organized and on top of your schoolwork. Use a planner or calendar to keep track of your classes, assignments, and extracurricular activities. Be sure to schedule time for studying, homework, and relaxation.

Tip 4: Get Your Supplies Together

Make sure you have all the supplies you need before the first day of school. This includes textbooks, notebooks, pens, pencils, and any other materials your teachers have recommended. Having everything you need on hand will save you time and stress later on.

Tip 5: Organize Your Backpack

Your backpack is your lifeline during the school year, so it’s important to keep it organized. Use compartments or pouches to separate your supplies and keep everything in its place. This will make it easier to find what you need quickly and efficiently.

Tip 6: Plan Your Outfits

No, seriously. 

Picking out your outfits ahead of time can save you a lot of stress in the morning. Set aside some time each week to plan out your outfits for the upcoming week. This will help you avoid any last-minute fashion emergencies and ensure that you look and feel your best.

Tip 7: Create a Homework Station

Having a designated homework station can help you stay focused and productive. Choose a quiet, well-lit space in your home and set it up with all the supplies you need. Make sure it’s free from distractions like TV or video games.

Tip 8: Get to Know Your Teachers

Building a good relationship with your teachers can be incredibly beneficial. Take the time to introduce yourself and get to know them. Ask questions, participate in class, and take advantage of office hours if you need extra help.

Tip 9: Join a Study Group

Joining a study group can help you stay motivated and on track. Find a group of classmates who are serious about their studies and organize regular study sessions. This can help you stay on top of your schoolwork and make new friends in the process.

A great place to start is with Numerade’s free Study Groups feature. Through our platform, students can create or join online study rooms with their friends or with students across the world in the same classes. You’ll have access to our suite of study tools as well as to-do lists, dedicated chat, timers, and more. 

Tip 10: Take Care of Yourself

Finally, it’s important to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating well, and getting regular exercise. (we’ve discussed this before but a lack of sleep and dehydration can really hurt your ability to succeed in school). Take breaks when you need them and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

The Wrap Up

By following these 10 tips, you’ll be well on your way to a successful and organized school year. Remember to take things one day at a time and don’t be too hard on yourself if things don’t go exactly as planned. With a little bit of effort and determination, you can achieve anything you set your mind to. Happy studying!


  • Rob Shield

    Rob Shield is based out of Columbus, Ohio. As Numerade's copywriter, Rob uses their extensive background in education to inform and shape the topics and content posted to the blog for educators, parents, and students alike.