Have you missed the school bell ringing? Well, it’s school time again!
Back-to-School, after the dog days of summer vacation, is probably one of the most exciting parts of the fast-paced academic year. Some students feel a little nervous going back to school while others are excited. The thought of experiencing new things—new educators, new classmates, and new environment—may be the reason. To kick off the school year on the right track, here are some practical tips to survive a stressful school year.
Be Organized. Always Be Prepared
Knowing your class schedule, creating your study timeframe, and having all your school essentials—these are the necessary skills to learn as a student. Studying requires dedication, focus, hard work, and patience. Taking the time to prepare and organize beforehand can give countless benefits to your study habits.
Embrace the Changes
Changes are the only constant thing in this big, beautiful world. If you are a freshman, you are probably in a new environment. Don’t be worried about the changes that come with your new setting. Instead of being worried, use these “changes” as opportunities to do well in class because you know how to adapt and have already embraced many changes as a student.
Always have the courage and confidence to be you. Don’t underestimate what you can do. Just do the things you want to do with no buts, no ifs, no maybes, and with no hesitation at all. Showing what you can give and what you can will help grow your confidence.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
Asking questions doesn’t make you dumb. It is a manifestation of your interest in the topic being discussed by your teacher, professor or instructor. So, if you don’t understand the lesson, be brave enough to raise your hand and ask questions.
Remember Teachers (Instructors/ Professors) are there to Help. Let Them Be Your Companion
Don’t think teachers are there to make your life miserable. Teachers are there to teach, to discuss class lessons, and to give life lessons. If your teachers are also part of the Millennial Generation, more often than not, they will share love advice as well. Teachers can also be companions, friends, and mentors. Remember, teachers are there to help.
Don’t Use Exams to Measure Your Self-worth
There will be times in your student life when, even though you have reviewed before an exam, you will get very low scores. Remember that exams are not measurements of your self-worth. Not just a piece of paper can determine the things you know or what you can do. Don’t feel bad if someone gets a higher score than you. That doesn’t mean someone is better or smarter. It happens. It is normal. Don’t base your intellectual capacity on exams.
If You Can Do It Tomorrow, Why Not Now?
This means, as a student, don’t procrastinate. If you don’t want to get stressed meeting the deadlines of projects, essays or exams, do them before the dates of submission. Get into the habit of doing things early and getting them finished. If you don’t want your procrastination to be your worst nightmare, stop saying, “Tomorrow is another day. I will do it tomorrow.” Instead, say, “If I can do it tomorrow, why not now? Why not today?”
Strike a Balance between Studying and Socializing
Giving your best in everything you do to study is an absolute achievement. But, then again, you need a break. Unwind. Enjoy. So sometimes, it is okay to go to parties, social gatherings, bar hoppings or concerts if you want to de-stress. Social life is also important—it grows your self-confidence. However, there’s a “but”–always remember that your study is your priority. Setting some limits on your social life should be considered.
Reach Out to New Classmates and Make Friends Wisely
Be friendly but choose your friends wisely. Get to know your classmates. Know who you can be and who you can’t be. Know who can bring out the best in you and avoid those who can pull you down. Having friends in school is a must. However, you better choose carefully, or else, you might end up being off track.
Join Organizations, Different Activities, and Embrace School Spirit
The school isn’t just about academic stuff. School hones skills and talents, too. There are many organizations you can join to enhance your expertise and abilities: such as sports if it interests you. Get involved. Meet friends. Build connections. Enjoy the ambiance of your school’s epistemic community. Embrace the school vibes.
Set Your Goal
Goal setting is a bit easy but to turn it into reality is quite hard. All of the factors written above need to be considered in fulfilling the goal. If your goal is to finish your studies on time, set the timeframe, prioritize your study, do each segment one at a time, and be more focused.
These tips I have shared with you are just a few of the many experiential suggestions on how students can survive a stressful school year. I hope I have imparted some wisdom on how to do well in your studies. To sum it up: be true to yourself, focus on your goal, and live a well-balanced study-work-play life.