Returning back to school after a good rest means you will be full of energy and enthusiasm. After a hot and lazy summer, school year fall 2017 can be a real success. The following article will tell how not to waste your strength and make the most of the beginning of the school year.
1. Draw up a study schedule
Although people see the routine as something boring and rather negative, it works like magic when you need to achieve something. Making a successful school year is not an exception. So number one among our success tips would be to establish a study routine. For example, you can find it useful to dedicate 30 minutes every day after school to doing something you really enjoy. It can be either your hobby, like playing the guitar or drawing, cooking or working out. After that, you could spend one or two hours on your homework. Prioritize the subjects. If you have a history exam the next day, spend all the time on preparation. After that, you can have your dinner knowing that you've already done the most urgent tasks.
Quick tip: You have to create the habit of following this rule every day. That's why it is called routine after all. As the result, your workload will not seem so daunting and you will definitely achieve your goals.
2. Establish positive and attainable goals
If you want to achieve something, you have to establish clear and realistic goals. If your goals are too ambitious, try breaking them into smaller short-term ones. Therefore, every new achievement will be inspiring and motivating. It is also very important to establish goals when you are refreshed and full of energy.
When defining goals, also think about the efforts you will have to put and resources to invest. For example, if your goal for this term is to improve your second language skills, you have to be prepared to spend some extra time studying, maybe purchase some online courses or find a private tutor.
Quick tip: Write your goals down and put them where you can see them every day - above your desk, on your fridge, etc. This way you will always remember what you are aiming to achieve.
3. Find a cozy study place
The place where you study should facilitate the process, not distract you from it. Choose a place which helps you focus. It can be a dining room, your room, your backyard ‒ any place you like as long as there is a desk to put your books on and no one to distract you. It would also be great if you could have everything you need for studying at hand, so bring your pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky notes, etc.
Quick tip: Be sure to switch off your phone because the temptation to scroll Facebook newsfeed is really high. If you use a computer, install an app which will remind you not to spend too much time on useless websites.