Tips, Tricks & Tactics

It's time to get ready for another school year! The sooner you get ready the more time you will have to enjoy the rest of your summer vacation. Plus, you get to skip out on running around frantically trying to get ready!

For Students
There are many things that students can do to make the most of the new school year. Here are three things that will have the greatest impact on the success of your school year.

1. What's the Agenda?
The school year is busy and packed full up activities and deadlines. Whether you express your sense of style with a personalized notebook, or you keep organized on your smartphone - keep an up-to-date agenda. Note the deadlines for assignments, and keep track of important dates like exams and school events. Most teachers will hand out this information at the start of the their class. Organize by course and semester. Managing your time is going to be one of your keys to success.

2. Take Part
Get involved in the different things that happen at your school. Your school is a community and it is a great place to meet people that share similar interests. If there is a club or committee that interests you, then join it. Not only is this a great opportunity to learn from others, it's a great opportunity for you to share your knowledge and passion.

3. Set Goals
Writing down a list of the things that you'd like to accomplish is a great way to ensure that you achieve them. Having a list of goals, and talking about them with peers, teachers and your parents will serve as a driving motivation throughout the year. It also helps you to figure out what you need to be doing to reach your goals.

The new school year is a great opportunity. It's the chance for a fresh start, to make new friends, and to realize your full potential!

Tips, Tricks & Tactics continued

For Students
There are many things that students can do to make the most of the new school year. Here are three things that will have the greatest impact on the success of your school year.

For Parents
It doesn't matter what age your children are: you play an critical role in their education. Here are some ways that you can have an impact on their school year

1. Introduce Yourself
This tactic can have a real positive impact on your child's school year.
Introducing yourself to the teacher helps to set the stage. It lets
the teacher know that you care and want to be involved in your
child's education. "Saying hello and introducing yourself helps
us put a name to a face."

Aside from introducing yourselves, it's great to get involved in
school activities, like fundraising events or sports days. This also
allows you a chance to meet the other parents, and especially the
parents of your children's friends.

2. Stay Involved
Throughout the school year you will have opportunities
to participate. Staying involved allows you to keep up on
how your child is doing. If they are having a challenge or
experiencing difficulties you can get involved earlier and help
them with finding a solution. You might also be able to spot
opportunities to encourage and support them in something new,
like joining a club or participating in a sports activity.

3. Feed Them Well
Nourishment is one of the keys to children succeeding at school. Your child's brain needs the energy from food to concentrate and learn. Countless studies have shown that children do better at school when they are have a well-balanced and nutritious diet. Processed meals and snacks are high in refined carbohydrates, sugars and fats. These forms of energy do not provide that same level of nutrition as fresh fruit, vegetables, yogurt, or whole grain for example.

The outcome of your involvement in your child's school year will benefit them now and far into their future.

A Smooth Transition

We really like sharing easy-to-prepare, healthy recipes. With that in mind, and in keeping with the back-to-school theme, we've found a great smoothie recipe to share. Smoothies are a great way to start the day. They are simple to prepare, you can make enough for everyone in a single batch, and they are a delicious way to pack in the nutrients.

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie
Take your classics, put them in a blender and...voila! Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and are shown to contribute to improved learning capacity. Oatmeal is a great source of whole grain fibre and supplies a steady source of energy throughout the morning.

What you'll need:
1/2 cup blueberries, 1 peeled orange,
1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon,
1 cup vanilla almond milk

Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth! :)

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