Back To School: Moving Day Tips And Checklist

Getting ready for back to school? Make sure to check out this week’s featured blog on back to school moving day tips and preparation checklists.

As summer draws to a close, you’ll need to start thinking about back-to-school preparations. 

However, as much as you’ve enjoyed your time off away from campus, it can be a daunting prospect thinking about getting organized on your return. 

Here are some tips ahead of moving day, as well as a checklist to ensure you’ve got everything you need.

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Top Tips For Moving Day

Whether you’re getting ready to move out of town for school, or maybe you’re just moving across town into a dorm with your friends, be sure to set aside some time to get yourself ready for September!

Purchase School Supplies 

No matter your degree subject, you’ll likely have a required reading and equipment list for the semester. 

It’s a good idea to go out and buy as much of this as you can before you get back to class. This way, you’ll be as prepared as possible for the semester ahead. 

Many professors stipulate that they want you to have gotten to grips with the reading material before you start class, so make sure you buy your books early so you can have them ready before you arrive back on campus.

It’s not just books you’ll need; you should also consider what materials and equipment you’ll be required to bring. 

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Below is a checklist to give you a guide of what you’ll need to buy. 

  • Textbooks/journals
  • Binders/folders
  • Laptop
  • Stationary (pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers)
  • A planner or agenda

Of course, this is just a rough guide, and depending on your course, you’ll need to supplement with your specific course requirements. 

If you study maths, for example, you’ll likely need a whole lot more stationary (calculators, compasses, rulers etc.). 

Check with your college or university for a detailed guide of what you should bring for your first week. 

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Wardrobe 

This might seem a little obvious, but giving your wardrobe a little thought can help the semester go more smoothly. 

For instance, if you’re embarking on any internships, you’ll want to have some professional clothing at the ready. If you’re invited to a formal occasion on campus, you’ll want to have something a little fancier at your disposal. 

Equally, you’ll need to plan around the season and the climate of your school. 

If you’re in California, with its warmer climate, then you don’t have to worry about heavy-duty boots and thick coats. 

However, if you’re in Maine, these things are a must for the colder months ahead.

If you play for a sports team, you should also check what kit you’ll need to get hold of for training and competing. 

Here’s a quick checklist to use as a guide:

  • Clothes for class
  • Professional/business clothing
  • Sports clothing
  • Casual clothing
  • Formal attire
  • Comfy campus shoes
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Workspace Equipment

Even if you plan on doing most of your studying at the library, you’ll need to set up a dorm workspace. 

This will keep your work organized as well as give you somewhere for those late-night study sessions. 

To create an effective work environment, you’ll probably need to get some furniture. 

A desk and office chair is the most basic set-up. 

You might also want to get other stuff for extra comforts, like a lamp, bookcase, or filing cabinet. 

If you’re short on space, you’ll need to get smaller furniture items, even foldable items that can easily be stored away when you’re not using them.

Here’s a quick list of essential workspace items:

  • Desk and Comfortable Chair
  • Lamp
  • Filing cabinets
  • Bookcase
  • White Board
  • Calendar
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Think About Transportation

Even if you’re living on campus, you’ll still need to think about how you’re going to get around. 

When it comes to getting to class, going on foot or a bike is healthy and cheap.

As for getting out around town, bringing your car might seem like the easiest option. But it can get expensive quickly, and for some, driving isn’t an option. 

So make sure to check out the public transport services around campus and assess whether they’re a good option for you. 

Checklist:

  • Campus shuttle timetable 
  • Local bus timetable 
  • Bicycle/scooter/skateboard
  • Parking permit (if you bring your car)
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Making The Most Of Your Summer

College or university are all-around great experiences, but they can also be full-on stressful at times. 

For this reason, it’s a great idea to unwind and enjoy your vacation as much as possible while it lasts. 

You’ll be grateful for the experiences once you’re back stuck at your desk studying. 

However, as well as fun and relaxation, this time off from study can be an excellent opportunity to get some other stuff done. 

If you want to get ahead financially for the coming semester, you could also look into getting a summer job. 

This looks good on your CV, and the extra money will be a real help once you’re back at college.

If you’re keen to make yourself as employable as possible, you could also check out internship and work experience opportunities. 

Here are some other things you can do while you’re away from school for the summer:

  • Refresh your resume 
  • Check out jobs and internship opportunities
  • Take the time to travel
  • Visit friends and family
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Getting Back To School

There you have it, a comprehensive list of things to start buying and packing ahead of the start of the next school year. 

Ensure you check out your university website to double-check exactly what you’ll need for your specific course!

And, in the meantime, spend as much time with friends and family as you can, get out on day trips, travel and have fun! 

5 Tips For Going Back To School After The Holidays

Looking for tips on going back to school after the holidays? Check out these 5 awesome tips for making the most of your time off, and making the transition back into your schedule as stress-free as possible.

Not only is the holiday season plenty of fun where we get to visit with family and friends, but, for students, Christmas break offers a much-needed reprieve for the school year’s hectic schedule.

So when January rolls around, it’s sometimes difficult to get yourself back into your school schedule.

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After all, you’ve just spent several weeks having fun, and most likely, not even thinking about homework.

Fortunately, we have a few simple tips in mind for helping you get back into the groove, without it feeling like you’re pulling your hair out!

Rest Up

While the holidays can be hectic with having to visit family and friends, attending or hosting dinner parties, etc., it’s also important to make the most of your time away from school by getting some much-needed rest that your mind and body crave throughout the school year.

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In fact, studies have shown that a lack of sleep affects the hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls your memory. In turn, lack of sleep has been shown to reduce your ability to learn new things by up to 40%

I know you may be tempted to stay up late on those nights when you don’t have class the next day, but it might be better to hit the hay anyway.

Refresh Your Memory

Now, I’m not saying that you need to spend your holiday break studying each and every day.

But, it’s not a bad idea to keep your memory sharp by reading through your old notes before your jump back into your school routine, at least a few times while you’re on your Christmas break.

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Studies have shown that students are able to increase their memory by up to 70% after reading old notes within 24 hours.

So, I know that you’ll be tempted to completely forget about school until you go back.

But you’ll thank yourself when the first day of class rolls around and you’re already more prepared to learn than the majority of your peers.

Don’t Over-Indulge On Junk

Around Christmas time, it’s not uncommon for people to indulge in all sorts of baked goods, ranging from Christmas log cakes, pies, and just about everything else in grandma’s kitchen.

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while there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself, it’s important to remember that a proper, healthy diet contributes to proper brain function.

In fact, when you consider the fact that the brain requires approximately 20% of all your caloric needs, it’s easy to see how your diet is such a vital component of your mood, memory, and focus.

So, if you like the idea of jumping into your next semester with a fresh, clear head ready to ace every test before the end of the year, make sure to stick to a healthy, well-balanced diet.

Full of whole grains, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and only a small slice of pie after Christmas dinner.

Don’t Wait Until The Last Minute

While I’m sure that you’ll have plenty going on over the holiday, it’s crucial that you not wait until the last minute to get yourself ready for class.

This means taking the time to buy those textbooks you’ve had on your shopping list. Or, any other supplies that you might need for the upcoming semester.

And don’t forget to take care of any other chores or errands that you’ve had on your to-do list. But have been putting off for weeks. Like making sure your tuition payments are up to date!

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Once school starts, there’s not all that much time to take care of those little things.

Between attending classes and studying, maybe holding down a part or full-time job, you’ll barely have time to eat, let alone run around doing errands.

In other words, the transition back to your school routine is probably going to feel slightly hectic.

Which is why it’s best to make most of your time off. Run those errands now, while you’ve got the time!

Then, when your first day rolls around, you’ll be able to focus on your studies, without having a million other things to do.

Trust me, you’ll thank yourself later!

Make Some Memories!

While it’s important not to forget that your next semester is just around the corner, it’s equally important to enjoy your time off.

After all, the holidays are a time to spend time with your loved ones, enjoying each other’s company. Making memories that will last a lifetime.

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So, make sure not to forget about your upcoming semester.

But also make sure to spend time visiting your friends and family, going out and doing stuff together, and simply having a good time!

Getting Back To School Post Holidays

When you’re having fun and relaxing, not worrying about your classes, it can be hard to transition back into your school routine, especially when you’re tired, and still bogged down from that over-indulgent Christmas dinner last week.

But by making the most of your time off, getting ready in advance, and keeping your memory sharp, you’ll be starting the new year on the right foot.

Then, you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of the school year, just as much as you’ve just enjoyed the Holidays!