Summer break is almost over and it is now a great time to start thinking and planning ahead for the new school year. Here are 4 quick tips on how to ensure that you have a smooth start of the new academic year.
Get organized – supplies, forms…
Your school may have given you a list of materials that you will need, or you will have to create your own. Think about the items (e.g. stationary, textbooks, uniforms, perquisite reading / classes…) that you needed and used throughout last year and use that as a starting point. Once you have a basic list, you can easily build upon it.
Also, watch out for any forms / documentations that you need to submit by regularly checking online / emails to avoid missing any deadlines. Make sure you start early so that you have plenty of time to gather all your essentials. Moreover, pack your schoolbag a few days before the start to allow room for last minute purchasing in case there is any missing items.
Review what you learned and will be learning
Do a quick review on the subjects that you studied by reading the summary pages of your textbooks or re-reading your own notes. Then, make a list of key topics that were covered in each subject. This list will not only refresh your memory on what you have learnt, but also set your mind ready for learning new material.
If possible, try to get an idea of the topics that will be covered in the new school year. Note that you don’t need to study ahead – simply get an overview of the modules is a great way to mentally prepare. You may also notice how some ideas are linked or built upon previous concepts.
Reflect & Improve
Take a moment to reflect on the past year – what went well / needed improvement? Note down things that you did well on and make sure you keep them up for the new year. Be aware of things that did not go as well and develop strategies to improve. For instance, a potential strategy for ‘last minute cramming for history exam’ can be ‘spend one hour each week to recap on what has been taught in history’.
Establish a routine
Your summer schedule is most likely to be very different from the school schedule so it is crucial to make sure that your body is ready for the early timetable. Start adjusting your sleep time a week before so that you are well rested for the first day of school. Regularity of your sleep pattern is also important in better quality sleep so you can perform at your best.
I hope these tips are useful and have a great start of the school year!
Educated at Badminton School, Kitty obtained a First Class Honours degree in Biomedical Engineering, followed by a MSc degree specialising in Medical Physics, both from Imperial College. Kitty has experience teaching students subjects such as Maths, Sciences, as well as educating young children Programming. As the former Departmental Representative of her degree, she also understands university admissions and is well placed to assist with school and university applications.
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