From primary school to university, today’s students have more responsibilities—and more opportunities to learn—than students of previous generations have had. The upside of this point is that with enough hard work, students can eventually become proficient and successful in a career field of their choosing. The downside, however, is that it’s easy to be overwhelmed and intimidated by the cumulative weight of the school’s requirements.

The key to thriving is planning ahead, and the following tips will help students of all ages to start the new school year off on the right foot.

Let’s take a look.

Make Time for Revising

Revising is to school as cardio training is to sports: a means of honing one’s skills and securing the tools required to perform optimally in competition—i.e. tests. Revising will be difficult for those who’re unaccustomed to it, but with consistent practice, the process will become easier, and the results will speak for themselves.

15 to 30 minutes of general revising will make new concepts more understandable, and in the end, this investment will prevent students from falling behind.

Because as graduates and experienced students can attest to, learning is exponentially harder when one’s trying to catch up on lessons and ideas.

Stay Organized

Taking concise notes, organizing folders (and corresponding papers), maintaining a calendar to keep track of due dates, and implementing other organization-centered steps are important ingredients in the recipe for educational success. Between family, friends, and hobbies, students’ time is in high enough demand, and wasting minutes (or even hours) looking for papers, deciphering notes, and “cramming” is unwise and unnecessary.

Speak Up in Class

Last but certainly not least, speaking up in class—especially when core concepts are unclear—is a must for students who wish to start the new school year off on the right foot.

Receiving clarification from an educator is beneficial in two key ways: It helps one to understand lessons, and it also demonstrates to others that it’s alright to ask questions—a point that will result in additional lesson-plan clarity.

Summer has been nice, but the new school year is right around the corner. Thankfully, students need not be nervous; the listed tips will help them to succeed, and a strong work ethic will turn their dreams into reality.

Thanks for reading, and here’s to being successful in school!