By Jennifer Bailey
Desks, pencils, notebooks, books — yes, it’s that time again. School is back in session. Maybe it’s been awhile since you sat inside a classroom, which makes the stress of going to college even more daunting. If that’s the case, here are ways to prepare for higher education.Find your fit
Not every school will be a great fit for everyone. Research schools online and prioritize what you’re looking for in an institution. Some students look for locale. Being close to home or work and cutting commute times is alluring. Some cut out the commute altogether and look for an online institution. Others look for schools with child care, which is important for busy parents. Regardless of your needs, shop around and make the best decision for your lifestyle.
Make sure your course guide outlines what classes you need to take to graduate. Career counselors should be ready to answer any and all questions related to your degree.
Establish study space
Every student needs a place to study. A distraction-free space will keep a mind on the books and not in the clouds. Make a studying routine as well.
Prioritize your life
Make a list of your daily events, including assignments, errands and family commitments. Change what’s important in your life. Maybe you are into spa days or getting your nails done once a week. Make appointments less often and replace them with studying. Don’t forget to incorporate adequate sleep and some breaks though. All work and no play will induce stress.
Ask for help
Make connections at school. Find study groups, homework buddies, tutoring or any other resource to help you get the grade. Just remember to breathe, be flexible and relax.