Back-to-school seasons after a long break are exciting for some children, but others find them overwhelming. A new set of clothing or supply packs can help them feel refreshed and ready to tackle the school year with a new perspective. In this article, we’ve compiled a list of top tips to help you make the most of this school year.
Here are some suggestions for how to start the school year off right.
1. Create a Daily Routine and Stick to It
Worrying about lateness on your first school day or not completing your homework can mess up your day. Set up a daily routine for yourself so you can feel refreshed and ready to take on your schoolwork. Your daily schedule will depend on what grade you are in, what activities you do outside of school, and any other plans you have.
2. Create a Comfortable, Distraction-Free Study Space
It can be hard to study at home. Most students study on their beds because they don’t have enough room. Some move from room to room, doing housework along the way to avoid distractions. If you don’t have a distinct distraction-free place to study, it won’t be easy to focus on any task.
Find a calm, clean spot in your home where you can sit to study or do your homework. If you have trouble concentrating, put all potential interrupters out of sight. This includes hiding your gaming console, relocating the pets, or turning off the alerts for your social media apps.
Make sure you’re comfortable where you’re seated. To avoid getting tired or holding your body in odd positions, avoid sitting on the sofa or in bed. We suggest that you find a chair that gives lumbar support on your back and neck to prevent discomfort.
3. Stay Engaged by Participating and Asking Questions
It can be challenging to stay engaged in class every day. Write some notes down to keep up with the teachers and stay awake. Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion. Giving thoughtful answers to your teacher’s questions is essential.
It helps you understand the material, gets your teacher’s and classmates’ attention, and solidifies your classroom placement. If you’ve been in class and paid attention, finding partners to work with on group projects is much easier.
4. Find Healthy Ways to Manage Stress
Most students suppress a lot of stress, which can harm their health, relationships, and classwork. Recently, the American Psychological Association (APA) completed a study revealing that stress levels in teens are similar to adults. That means teens are always under a lot of stress. It may feel like the stress levels are higher than their ability to deal with it. About 30% of students said stress makes them feel overwhelmed, sad, or depressed. These stressed students can benefit from stress management techniques.
Exercising is one of the best ways to blow off steam healthily. Researchers have found that physically active students feel less stressed. Even though these students face the same social, educational, and life pressures as their peers, they find it easier to deal with them.
5. Take Breaks
Take a little break to do something you like for every hour you spend on a task. After studying for an hour, you can treat yourself to an episode of your favorite show, a favorite snack, or a short walk. Avoid getting mentally exhausted until you start procrastinating and breaking up your study time.
For this strategy to work, be careful about when you take breaks and ensure that the break is worth the reward. For example, if you study for an hour, you shouldn’t set aside three hours of TV time as a reward.
6. Make the First Day Easier
The first day of school isn’t the only time to seek assistance from teachers. During the summer, most schools are open to help with queries or concerns from parents or kids. They can offer any specialized support a child may need. A week or two before classes begin could be the ideal time to seek assistance.
It’s normal for children to feel anxious when transitioning to a new environment, such as a new school or classroom. If you’re nervous, practice with your parent before entering the new environment. For example, tell them to take you to see the new school or classroom before the first day. Reassure yourself that there are probably many kids who are also highly anxious about their first day at school.
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