This summer I have been working with college students as well as high schoolers - but my single best piece of advice is the same, no matter what level of education you are returning to this fall: If you only have a few minutes each day, use that time to make sure you know WHERE you are supposed to show up the next day, WITH WHAT BOOKS or ASSIGNMENTS complete and at WHAT TIME. It is amazing how much just checking these 3 things and preparing the night before will help. No more late arrivals at the wrong building or class room or lecture hall, no more penalties for not bringing needed assignments or reference materials, One of my student writes all this down on a post-it which she tapes to her refrigerator each night!!
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After having been away from school all summer many students can get out of the "school" mood or mode and returning can be quite difficult. So at least 1 week before school starts students can turn the TV off, pick up their favorite book and start reading in 15 minute blocks. The goal is to get them absorbed in their favorite topic or book that they will have read beyond 15 minutes and not even know it. Daisy
The first obvious step is to decide 'why' you want to go back to school and weigh that positive decision with the negative aspects associated with your decisions. After this point, you've still decided that going back to school would be the best decision, you have to prioritize and be disciplined with your actions. I've highlighted the actions necessary that has made it successful for me: 1. Establish exactly how much time you have to spare each day for school work 2. Establish a same time each day to work on school activities 3. Plan out segments of work needed to be done each day to prepare and execute your necessary school work 4. Most important is to stay disciplined to your process and try to get a bit ahead everyday than your original thoughts.
Students of today, at least in this society, face a myriad of obstacles as they try to prepare for school. These obstacles don't vanish when school begins; they merely shape shift into another blockage that the student sees. One of the things that I like to encourage students to do in this age of technology is to utilize technology for their own benefit. Learning on the go via audio books, course training embedded in tablet-style devices and downloadable 'free' classes are just some of the ways that a student can best prepare for school. Of course, it doesn't hurt if parents take an active role in helping their child to manage their time so that they make enough time to adequately prepare for school. I'm a home school parent and the same rules apply to my children. Best, Albert
Back to school, brings a whole bunch of feelings: nervousness, excitement, who's going to be your teacher, are you going to have any classes with your friends. It doesn't matter if you're in grade school or college, from my experience those feelings never go away. To prepare the best thing to do is simply relax. It's important to always look on the positive side of things. Even if you don't get a class with your best friend and the teacher doesn't seem too nice. Trying to look on the bright side is key. One thing I've noticed within the first couple weeks of school, is I seem to have at least one panic attack. Even if I don't feel worried at the moment, something comes along and I notice my shortness of breath and chest pains. This is why I say relaxing is the most important thing when it comes to preparing on going back to school. :-)
Quick and Dirty advice for getting back into the swing of things: 1. Get up a little earlier every day, so that when your alarm goes off on your first day back to school, it isn't a rude shock! 2. Read! Spend 5-15 minuets reading every day. Give yourself the weekend off if you like, but this easy good-habit builder will work wonders to getting mentally ready to spend all day in the classroom. 3. Exercise. We hear this advice a lot, but it's true. Not only is exercise good for you generally, it helps the blood flow, which helps get oxygen to your brain, where you need it if you're going to learn. Just a 5-minute walk around the block will help. Really! There are lots of other things you can do too. Got some suggestions? Let me know what they are!