Have you missed the school bell ringing? Well, it’s school time again!

Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila Campus in Sta. Mesa.


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.


Be Confident

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.



  1. Katy June 18, 2017

    You’ve got some great tips here. To be honest, most of these can be used by people of all ages, not just students. Not being afraid to ask questions, for example, is critical — it’s one of the best ways to progress — at work or in school. And not putting off until tomorrow what you can do today is a habit every single one of us should get into. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.

  2. Brilliant tips. I wish I had blogs like yours to read when I was in school. Organisation is so important, it helps keep your mind free and clear so you can concentrate on the important things. I also love the tip of not measuring your self worth by exam results. That’s so important. I know many people who didn’t do we at exams but are now very successful in life. Enjoy your new school year!

  3. Carola June 18, 2017

    great tips on getting back to school! It was always such a strange day. The first day of getting back to school again! If everyone follows your tips, it will definitely be a good year at school! It’s good to set a goal and ask questions if you don’t understand. And it really helps to plan ahead indeed!

  4. EG III June 18, 2017

    Great tips. Having a balance is key. Choose friends wisely, but don’t allow your relationships to take priority over your main goals.

  5. Sriparna June 19, 2017

    Oh, how I miss going back to school… If only we had bloggers like you to help us with some of these tips in those day 🙁
    Keep up the great work and have a wonderful school year ahead 🙂

  6. Meera June 19, 2017

    Great tips for the students. Balance between studies and other things.. choosing friends wisely.. Well, confidence is important and so is the Goal setting. These pointers sure will lead the path to achieve. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Nathalie June 19, 2017

    Good job coming up with this! School-specific tips aside, these could very well apply to life itself in general. It’s good to know that school-age youth like you know how to prepare yourselves for coming endeavors. It’s really never too early to know these kinds of stuff you’ll need later on in life. Kudos!

  8. Maria June 19, 2017

    I honestly thought you’re working already or getting in the adulting stage. Well, you really shared great tips for students alike. I used to do a lot of things back then, so it’s true that having balance really helps. I think it’s really helpful to them that there are blogs like yours that would share tips when going to uni for the very first time. Back then, there were very few that shared tips so people like me would go gaga with uni. Hahaha! Good luck on the new school year!

    • Allandale Antenero July 8, 2017

      Hi, Maria!


      Yes, I work as a freelance online content writer and marketing researcher and at the same time I study.

  9. Irma June 19, 2017

    I am a teacher, and I think this blog post should be given to all my students to read at the beginning of the school year. I especially like the point where you say the teachers are there so that you can ask them questions. Yes, they are!! And can’t wait for you to ask us something!! It means you understood at least the tiniest part of what we were talking about, writing on the board, and explaining by all the possible teaching means. So, the text is great! I strongly agree with you.

  10. Claire Santiago June 20, 2017

    This is worth sharing. I would agree that students should learn how to balance studies and social life. I have been good at it. My social life was never sacrificed while maintaining my scholarship in college. I know when to stop studying and start partying and vise-versa.


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