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Preparing for the new school year: Essential tips for students

Team StoryWeavers|May 29, 2024, 11:33 IST|

As summer vacation winds down, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming school year. Getting ready ahead of time can help ensure a smooth transition and set you up for success. 

Here are some tips to help you prepare:

1. Organise your supplies: 

Make a checklist of all the school supplies you’ll need, such as notebooks, pens, calculators, and folders. Purchase these items well in advance to avoid the last-minute rush. Consider also organising your study space at home to ensure it’s conducive to learning.

2. Review last year’s material

Spend some time going over the key concepts from the previous year. This will help refresh your memory and provide a strong foundation for new material. Focus on subjects you found challenging to ensure you’re ready for more advanced topics.

3. Set academic goals

Define clear academic goals for the upcoming year. Whether it’s improving your grades, mastering a particular subject, or participating more in class, having specific targets will help you stay motivated and focused.

4. Develop a study schedule

Plan a study schedule that includes time for homework, revision, and extra-curricular activities. Having a routine helps manage time effectively and reduces stress. Make sure to incorporate short breaks to keep yourself fresh and productive.

5. Read ahead

If you have access to the syllabus or textbooks for the new year, start reading ahead. Familiarising yourself with upcoming topics can make the first few weeks of school less overwhelming and give you a head start on assignments and discussions.

6. Get back into a routine

Gradually adjust your sleep schedule to match the school routine. Going to bed and waking up earlier a week or two before school starts helps your body adapt, making the transition smoother. Also, try to re-establish daily routines that mimic the school day.

7. Stay physically active

Regular exercise helps improve concentration and reduce stress. Incorporate physical activities into your daily routine, whether it’s playing sports, going for a run, or practising yoga. This also helps establish a balanced lifestyle.

8. Connect with classmates

Reach out to friends and classmates before school starts. Reconnecting with them can ease any anxiety about returning to school and make the first day more enjoyable. You can also form study groups to support each other throughout the year.

9. Organise your digital life

Ensure your computer and digital devices are ready for the new school year. Organise your files, update software, and back up important documents. Familiarise yourself with any new online tools or platforms your school will be using.

10. Plan extracurricular activities

Think about the extracurricular activities you want to join. Participating in clubs, sports, or other activities can enrich your school experience, help you develop new skills, and make new friends. Plan how you will balance these activities with your academic commitments.

Preparing for the new school year involves organization, setting goals, and re-establishing routines. By taking these steps, you can reduce anxiety and start the year with confidence and readiness. Best of luck, and here’s to a successful and fulfilling school year!


About the Author

I'm Naqshib Nisar aka the Ministry of Happiness. A digital journalist who can write anything under the sun. When I'm not writing, I'm definitely discovering hidden gems of a city or exploring the food culture. Being a language enthusiast, I grasp words from songs I don't really understand. I'm mostly in the procaffeinating mode because coffee comes first. Hit me up if you ever want to find the best cappuccino and croissants in Bangalore.

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