How to Begin the New Academic Year Right?
As a teacher and a mother, I know returning to school for new academic year is a cheerful event for students—reconnecting with school friends, the happiness of buying new school supplies and new uniforms, the arrival to the comfort and regularity of the school schedule, and, obviously, the gift of breathing space for Mom and Dad. Kids have so many questions going on in their mind before the academic year starts: Will I score more marksthan last year? Will my old friends stay with me? Will I pass in all subjects?
To enhance this sense of joyful anticipation of what the school year can bring, I offer the following ten tips for a happy, successful school year
- Get Organized
Making a plan for what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it will make sure you’re always ahead of the curve.
- Divide it up
Studying isn’t fun to begin with, and forcing yourself through a study marathon will only make it worse. Dividing your work into manageable parts and rewarding yourself when you finish each part will make studying fun.
Don’t underestimate the importance of those eight hours of sleep every night! Getting a good night’s rest will sharpen your focus and improve your working memory.
- Set a schedule
Do you work better right after school or after you’ve eaten dinner? Find a schedule that works for you, and stick to it.
- Take notes
Taking notes will not only keep you more attentive during class, but will also help you narrow down what you need to study when exam time is around. It’s much easier to reread your notes than to reread your entire textbook!
This one might be obvious, but did you know that there’s a right and a wrong way to study? Review your study material several days before exams, in small parts, and in different manners. In other words, don’t try to cram everything in a short span of time.
- Extracurricular activity
It is good to concentrate on studies but do not forget to indulge in extracurricular activities as it keeps our mind fresh. Indulging in debates, quizzes, sports, etc can help keeping your body and mind healthy.
- Manage your study space
Find a place that will maximize your productivity. Look for places away from the television and other distractions. Whether it’s your local library or just the desk in your bedroom, set aside a study space that you’ll want to spend time in.
- Find a study group
Sitting down with a group of people who are learning the same things as you is a great way to go over confusing class material or prepare for a big test. You can quiz each other, reteach material, and make sure that everyone is on the same page. After all, teaching someone else is the best way to learn.
- Ask questions
You’re in school to learn, so don’t be afraid to do just that! Asking for help – from a teacher, a tutor or your friends is the best way to make sure you truly understand the material.
At CGR International School, we believe that all students should have the chance to succeed. So we invest in schools and students globally, equipping them with the tools and resources they need to learn well.