With the long summer holidays coming to an end, students and their parents are starting to pack away their bicycles and story books and shake the dust off of their school bags and pencil boxes. Taking a few weeks to prepare for school can set students ahead of their classmates in the race for marks and trophies and allow them time to mentally line up with what the upcoming school year has in store. Here are a few things that students can do to prepare for school.
- Spacing out your summer holiday homework into smaller goals and setting reminders along the way can provide you with much needed peace of mind.
- Review your class notes to remind yourself what you learned last year. You don’t have to study for long hours. A quick refresher will get your mind ready for studying and make the first few weeks back easier.
- Write down the major lessons and ideas that were covered in each subject. It is likely that you will not remember everything, but the very act of recalling previous progress will get your mind ready for studies. Don’t worry if you don’t fully understand all the concepts: reexamining and rediscovering specific topics is a natural part of the learning process.
- Looking ahead is always useful to give you an idea of where you are headed so that you can set yourself achievable goals. If given the opportunity, get a list or syllabus of what you will be learning about this year.
- In order to get ahead, it is a good idea to set specific goals. Plan a study schedule and explore extracurricular clubs and activities provided by your school to find an option that matches your interests.
- Picking a study space that is conducive to mastering your subjects may mean that you need to eliminate distractions, i.e. noise or television.
- Practice your school day routine by allocating time to study, sleeping and getting up early. Eat three full meals a day and make sure you plan sufficient breaks for playing and other fun activities.
- Stay organised by putting together your uniform, school bag, stationery, textbooks, notebooks and project files for your first day in school.