5 tips for getting your School year off to a flying start
It’s the start of a new school year, and so here is our top 5 tips to help you get off to a flying start:
Organise your space!
Where will you be studying at home? Ideally, you should have a well lit desk or table with minimal noise or other distractions. If you’ve got to share your study space with siblings or other relatives, agree who gets to use it when to allow all of you to work effectively. Put your books and notes away once you’re done with them so that the space remains tidy all year, not just for the first week of September!
Organise your time!
Whether you’re on the school cricket team, in the orchestra or you just have lots of friends to hang out with, you need to make sure that you have time for all of your commitments. Practising for a big event or match is not an excuse for missing school work so you need to plan ahead. Find out dates for the term ahead for any events that you’ll be involved in so you can see when you are likely to be busiest. Then make sure that you start your work early to spread out the workload. If you are finding it difficult to balance all of your activities, speak to your teacher before the work is due, not afterwards! Pack your school bag the night before, learn your timetable so you know where you need to be and when!
Organise your notes!
You will get literally thousands of sheets of paper over the school year. It makes sense to file them properly from the beginning so that none of them get lost or ruined. Make sure you have files, ideally with dividers, that are clearly labelled. It’s worthwhile spending a couple of minutes every few days putting all of the sheets in the correct place.
Know what you don’t know.
Schools follow a curriculum that they teach you. It’s really useful to see what’s on the curriculum, especially if you’re taking GCSEs/O Levels/A Levels. That way you’ll see an overview of what you’re expected to know and understand for each subject, and you can see where you need to focus your efforts. Your teachers may already share this with you, but if they don’t, ask!
There are thousands of free resources available to help you, you just have to know where to look. Youtube has many videos explaining everything from times tables to Ancient Egypt. Khan Academy is an excellent resource full of targeted videos focusing mainly on maths and science. But be careful not to get distracted if you’re using the internet for your studies. Set time limits for study/relaxing so you don’t end up wasting your time! If you don’t have a reliable internet connection at home, your school library will have books relevant for your course as well as a nice quiet space for independent work. You can ask your teacher if you’re not sure which books would be most helpful to help you study.