The new school year is once again on the horizon. Whether you’re starting somewhere new or continuing at your current school, the new academic year presents a wonderful opportunity to set in place good habits to see you through for the year to come.
1. Equipment isn’t everything.
You can spend lots of money on new clothes, shoes and bags before you’ve even set foot in a new school year. The same can be said for learning equipment like pens, writing pads, folders and other essentials. These are the tools of the school pupils trade and, just like worker with his or her tools, they won’t get you far unless you’re using them properly. Don’t just keep one big folder of notes; split them between subjects and colour code inserts to help distinguish between different topics. Little tricks like this will help when it comes to revision later in the year.
2. Find your study space.
You don’t need just one place to study or complete coursework. If you’re a young adult, you will know by now what works best for you. A desk in a bedroom will normally always feature on your list of study spaces but don’t restrict yourself.
Other spots around the house, a coffee shop or library can all be beneficial, depending on what your needs are. If you are writing and think you could benefit from being around books - then chose the library. If you’re in need of creative stimulation, then a coffee shop might provide the inspiration you’re seeking.
3. Try to make each space distraction free.
The first and biggest step you can take us switching off your phone and tablet, or at least utilising the do not disturb feature now found on most devices. If you do make use of a public space, don’t sit by the entrance door. Find a quiet corner that doesn’t have a constant flow of people walking past.
4. Review notes quickly.
After you’ve left a class, make sure to revisit the notes you’ve made that evening to help reinforce the work done in the classroom. Even a short period of time spent reviewing the day you’ve just had can help recalling information later in the year.
5. Set your routines.
Mornings and evenings are crucial times. A steady morning routine will help you feel fresh for the day and make you perform at your best. Find what works for you and stick to it; whether that be a big breakfast or none at all; some form of exercise or listening to the radio.
The same goes for the end of the day. Screen time in the final hour before bed can impact sleep, which will in turn affect your morning routine. Generally, we can all benefit from exercise at some point during the day, so don’t neglect your body or your mind.