It’s that time of year again where many of us are heading back to school. I know what you’re thinking ‘didn’t summer holidays just start?’ but unfortunately those days of sleeping in and laying about are over.
Time to dust of your notebooks and give in to the urge to spend an absurd amount of money on new stationary which you’ll end up losing half way through the year anyway. We’ve all been there. School is a different experience for everyone, however, whether you’re a popular kid or a loner, we all end up doing the same thing at the end of the year… cramming for exams. It’s typical for students to feel as though they’re unprepared and anxious about final exams but there is one way to avoid this, to start the school year off right. I have some tips that I wish someone would have shared with me when I was back at school, tips to evade the arduous cramming sessions. Let’s get started;
When you first get your class schedules (and find out that you have 2 hours of maths on a Monday morning, ugh) get started on making a study plan. At the beginning it doesn’t have to be solely on revision for exams, instead make time for homework every night or going through notes that you took in class. Try producing the plan on the computer or in pen so you’re not too tempted to rub anything out and add more leisure time (you may have to cut down on the amount of TV shows you’re watching, sorry). Study plans are a great resource to start the year of organised and effectively, as the year progresses you can increase the amount of revision time you’ve allotted so you’re more prepared for any tests.
It’s going to be awful getting up early for school every day but getting enough sleep the night before will make the task a bit less agonising, try aiming for at least 8 hours on average per night. Many of us fall into the trap of missing breakfast for a variety of reasons; some are trying to lose weight or just may not have the time in the morning. Firstly, studies have shown that eating within the first 2 hours of waking up are crucial for the brain to process information, so make time for it. Try choosing food that you can eat while on the go; cereal bars, toast or bagels. For those of you who wish to lose weight this isn’t the way to do it. A healthy and balance lifestyle doesn’t include missing the most important meal of the day. No one wants a rumbling stomach during lesson.
Being a Teacher’s Pet
The notion that asking too many questions makes you a teacher’s pet is ridiculous. If you don’t understand something then the teacher is there to help, take advantage of it instead of getting home and finding out that you’re stuck. Besides I’ve always been a teacher’s pet and it’s awesome.
Over the holidays many of us are guilty of not showering for a few days (don’t deny it) but now you’re in the presence of other people you can’t be wafting about with a trail of BO following you. Good hygiene can help you and others concentrate better because you’re not worried about where that funky smell is coming from. Frequent showers and layers of deodorant have to start up again; you don’t want to be known as the stinky kid.
All the gossiping and drama that happened during the holidays is no longer relevant. You need that space in your brain to concentrate on algebra or trigonometry, not about who cheated on whom during the holidays. Try to escape any and all unnecessary distractions.
After a hard day of work all you want to do when you come home is relax and unwind, but try to hold off for a while. You are more likely to revise as soon as you get home (not the minute you want through the door, but after half an hour or so) your mind is still in the same process as it was in school. Try to use that to your advantage by revising earlier so information isn’t as hard to process.
Finally, make sure relaxation and de-stressing isn’t something you forget about. Make time to chill out and catch up on some TV, you deserve it (just remember too much of a good thing isn’t always good for you)
And they’re all my top tips on how to start the school year off right and not having to resort to cramming at the end of the year. Hope they help.