Back to School Tips
The start of a new school year has arrived for some of us or is approaching for others. This time of year can be exciting as many of us are ready to start new classes, join clubs, and see our friends. However, a new school year can also be a source of stress as homework, tests, and projects begin to roll in. There are steps you can take to help your transition back to school go smoothly. First, you may want to get a planner or agenda in order to manage your schedule. There may be points during the year where you have to keep track of due dates, extracurriculars, and examinations. By putting these due dates in a planner and writing down times for clubs or jobs, you won’t have to worry about memorizing dates. A to-do list can also be added to your planner and you can keep track of all the activities you have going on.
Another tip is creating a routine for yourself at the beginning of the year which can help you work to the best of your ability. Establishing studying, rest, or work times can create balance so that you can succeed in all aspects of your daily life. School can be unpredictable, especially with the presence of Covid. So having a set schedule allows you to manage your day and increase your overall productivity. Try setting aside some time each day to do something you enjoy such as listening to music, drawing, playing a sport, or watching television. This way there is always something to look forward to and you’re motivated to complete your tasks.
Additionally, you can create a list of clubs, sports, or volunteering organizations you would like to join. Partaking in community service is important to many high school students but finding opportunities might vary depending on what fields you’re interested in. Remember that this is just a recommendation for those of you who enjoy planning ahead. Incorporating self-care into your day is another back to school tip. Being in high school comes with responsibilities and we often leave self-care as our last priority. However, it’s important to remember that we have to take care of our mental, physical, and emotional health in order to thrive in and out of school. Self-care can be anything done to improve your own well-being. For example, maybe you decide that you’ll watch a half-hour of your favorite show everyday in order to relieve stress. This may be a simple act but it may help to improve your mood and allow you to relax. These tips will help you to transition back to school as you navigate a new set of courses and activities this school year.
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