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Set These Routines And Start The School Year Right

school bus photoI don’t know about you, but I feel ready to get back into the comforting structure of the school-year schedule. Routines makes life easier and less stressful in so many ways.

Good routines are also the key to school success! The best students intentionally create habits that help them work efficiently, learn deeply, stay healthy, and get good grades without struggling.

Here are three of the simplest, most basic routines to establish now for success throughout the school year:

  1. Get enough sleep.
  2. Study in a learning-friendly environment.
  3. Pay attention in class, even if you “don’t get” what is being taught.

The First Priority Must Be SLEEP!!

Today’s students (and parents) are simply not getting enough sleep.

Our lives are ever more hectic and distracting, and the practice of setting an early bedtime and making sure to get plenty of sleep feels so old-fashioned. But there’s no getting around it: Brains and bodies need plenty of sleep.

And sleep is essential to learning, because the material we learn during the day needs to be processed and stored into long-term memory during sleep.

All that studying is counter-productive if students are staying up too late to then “sleep on it” and let the information sink in. It’s better to sleep for an extra hour than to stay up doing last-minute studying for that hour!

I’ll be sharing more about the importance of sleep, study location and paying attention, in my next posts!

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Set These Routines And Start The School Year Right

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS is an educator, counselor, writer and speaker. She's been a tutor, test prep coach and home school teacher for over thirty years. Click HERE to visit Leigh's website and to subscribe to her newsletter, "Learning Something New."

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APA Reference
Cousins, L. (2016). Set These Routines And Start The School Year Right. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 25, 2020, from


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