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Tips To Help You Get Over Back-To-School Angst

By Fejiro Onohwosa 18 January 2018   |   5:00 am

Where has the holiday gone? It seems like just yesterday that the final school bell rang and students eagerly raced for the door to begin their much-awaited break. Fast forward a couple of months or weeks and it’s time to begin another school semester.

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For students, August and January always seem surprising! Preparing for the new school year or returning to begin the second semester can be both daunting and exciting, especially for university students as tuition costs climb. Just walk through any major retail store and advertisements for school clothes and other back-to-school essentials line the shelves, reminding us that a new school term is awaiting its debut. Sure the newness a school year brings is fun but, other than material items, what things does a teen need to have a successful term?

Here are some tips to help the school year run more smoothly.

Prioritise your year

This is something students need to be more intentional about–sitting down before the start of school to really prioritise how they will be spending their time, money and resources.

University classes leave plenty of time to socialise, work or volunteer outside of school. Unfortunately, too much of a good thing is still too much. Many of students get overexcited and overload their schedules at the start of the year with the plethora of opportunities which confront them.

So take a step back before you are faced with the myriad of clubs, social outings and volunteer opportunities which will increase your stress level and diminish your quality of life. Decide what is important to you now.

Decide now to be jealous with your time and energy during this busy season. Don’t forget the value of planning your expenses in advance. There are so many amazing opportunities which will come knocking at your door; it is important to know your priorities so you can make the most of this year.

Work hard

At the end of the day, hard work pays off. You made it into the university, which suggests you have the fundamental skill set required for higher education, but don’t forget to keep your eye on the ball and buckle down and get the work done! It’s easy to get swayed by social life, engagement in students clubs and activities and by trips home to see family. These things are all important, but success largely rests with a student’s ability to develop and maintain a strong work ethic. Make lists, prioritise, and focus on getting the “job” of being a student done well.

Discover the kind of learner you are

Everyone is individual and so is the way you learn! There are three main types of learning styles which are auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Knowing what type of learner you are is going to help you be a better student and have better studying habits. When you are able to determine the type of learning style that is best for you, you will find better results when you are studying and it will result in higher test scores!

Do some research and determine the type of learner you are so you can personalise your studying.

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