By PATRICK MCNAMARA
The inevitable last minutes of summer are ticking away. The countdown has begun for back-to-school once again. And along with it, major retailers are bombarding parents, making sure they hurry out and buy the coolest new outfits, backpacks and gadgets for their kids. This hyped-up, commercial back-to-school rush to equip students with new garments and gear often gets in the way of the real preparations that parents and kids should focus on for a successful school year: learning.
To help parents and students start the school year strong, we’ve compiled a list of tips for and students to help start the year off and focus on academic achievement. Start early so you’re both well prepared for the new year.