By Selina Chan
As summer vacation comes to an end, you’ll be faced with the reality of going back into your school life routine. It’s undoubtedly hard as you may struggle with waking up early and getting back into a productive mindset. However, with these four tips, your transition back to school will be smoother and easier.
1. Prioritize sleep
For many teens, the summer means sleeping late and hitting the snooze on the alarm clock. Although that is an amazing feeling, it’s important to have a good sleep schedule when school starts. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends teens to get at least seven hours of sleep each day. To fall asleep at a reasonable time, turning off your screens earlier will help. Not only would you feel energized the next morning, you’ll be ready to study and learn.
2. Set effective goals
Having long and short-term goals will help you make the most out of your education. For example, wanting to have good grades every quarter or joining more clubs that pique your interest. Creating goals will effectively ensure that you are reaching your full potentials and striving for a successful school year. If you find yourself not achieving a goal as intended, then create micro goals that’ll help reach your bigger objective.
3. Create a realistic study schedule
As you go back to school, you’ll be faced with spending hours studying and working on homework. It’s definitely stressful as you may not know where to even begin, but with a planner, you can write down a study schedule that ensures you are on track with each class. Not only should your study schedule be well thought-out and achievable, remember to assign more time to classes that you need more time in.
4. Connect with friends
Your journey of a new school year will be more fun when you are experiencing it with your friends. You guys are able to support each other if any of you encounter difficulties at school. Also, if you all share the same classes, you can study together whenever there are upcoming tests. It’s definitely more exciting and you’ll feel more motivated when you’re learning with others.
But at the end of the day, don’t push yourself too hard. It’s understandable if it takes a while to get back on track after a long break. Don’t worry if you find yourself snoozing the alarm or taking a while to start doing your homework. With time, you’ll be back in the mindset!