Where did the summer go? Yes, it’s that time of year again when all we see in the shop windows and adverts on TV are the ‘Back to School’ bargains. The holidays are beginning to seem like a distant memory now. This time of the year doesn’t need to be daunting, it’s all about having the right perspective and an open mind. Whether you are starting a new school in first year or entering your final year, the beginning of the new school year can always be a fresh start. You choose … take that deep breath and remember to breathe, remember you’re in control. The first couple of days sets the pace for the rest of the year.
We know that having a simple strategy can make the most daunting task seem much more manageable. Here are some simple tips that can help you settle back and get you into your stride in school, called the Get-Set-Get habit.
- Get organised, both at home and at school. Having a detailed diary of what you are doing each day lets you know where and when you are supposed to be doing something. It also ensures that you are able to get the balance right between doing enough study each day and still enjoying the other activities in your life. Your school journal is your best aid in helping you organise your homework and study. Remember to prioritise what homework needs to be done each evening. If possible, try and have a designated study area at home where you can do your homework and study without distraction. Finally, pack your bag the night before so you are not rushing in the morning.
- Set goals for yourself for the year. If you have a clear idea of what it is you actually wish to achieve during the year this will give you focus and help keep you motivated. The beginning of the school year is a useful time to re-examine what you wish to get out of your time in school. Set yourself a mixture of both academic and personal goals. When you set your goals, record and reward your progress on achieving each one.
- Get into the habit of ensuring you eat and sleep well. To be an effective learner and get the most out of school you need the right nourishment and sleep. Having a healthy full breakfast each morning sets you up for the day and stops you feeling sluggish and tired during class. It is also important for you to have a healthy lunch, the body and brain need energy to help them to keep going throughout the day. We all need sleep and nobody functions well when they don’t get enough sleep. As a young person you need about eight hours of sleep a night so your body can rest and recover fully. Try and get into the routine of going to bed and getting up at the same time each day along with avoiding distractions like the TV or iPad in your bedroom at night.
Hopefully these simple little tips will help you get ahead and stay ahead throughout the year. Remember, starting off is always the difficult part but once you’re back in the daily routine of it all, it will be Christmas before you even know it!