We post mostly about scholarships, scholarship-search and tips about winning scholarships here, but as summer comes to a close here are some other things to keep in mind that will help you stay sharp and on top throughout the year. And trust me, I know what I’m talking about …  I’m heading into my senior year in one week!


I know you might be thinking that if there is any time you can survive without sleep, it’s college. However, scores of studies show that academic performance tanks when students are getting insufficient sleep. If you ever have trouble sleeping from late-night video game/movie sessions (or anything for that matter), create a bedtime routine for yourself. It’s a good way to wind down the day and it will help you fall asleep faster!


Between classes, friends, and everything else, you can sometimes forget pretty important things. No, not your mom’s birthday (well that too), but food! If you’re feeling worn out or low energy, make sure you eating a couple of full meals a day. Without calories to provide energy, good luck with that marathon study session or plain old marathon.


Some people are just born organized and then there are others that can’t seem to hold it together at all! If you’re one of the latter people, knock out the bulk of your organization at once. Once you’ve gotten the syllabi for your courses, sit down with a planner and/or calendar, and write down all the deadlines for homework, tests, and the like. Rather than having to worry about keeping organized over the semester, you’ll be set after just one day!

So sleep, eat and organize! Sure, it’s not as much fun as what you’ve been up to all summer, but it’s time to take care of business.