Back-to-school tips are mostly aimed at parents, but it’s our children who will have to face the school year. Therefore, it’s important to also give your child tips on how to ace a brand-new school year. Tell your children the following:
- Believe in yourself and try your best.
Don’t beat yourself up too much over not making a team, not getting the grade you wanted or not being invited to that very important party.
- Now is the time to start taking responsibility for yourself.
This is probably one of the most important back-to-school tips: Pay attention in class; learn to keep a day planner or a to-do list, and to tick off your daily assignments. I will always help you but you should do your share.
- Surround yourself with healthy friendships and relationships.
Right now, being in the popular circle might seem more important than your own happiness, but if friends do not make you feel good, it’s time to move on. Also keep in mind that a boyfriend or girlfriend should not be the most important aspect of your school career.
- Find out if there are any extra resources available to you.
Do you need a tutor? Does your teacher offer extra exercises? We can work together to help you ace that difficult subject you hate.
- I don’t want to fight all your battles for you.
It’s not my place to get involved in your friendships or problems with certain teachers. However, I do need you to tell me if something bothers you.
- Have the proper school supplies.
Make a list of the notebooks, stationery and binders you will need.
- Keep your notes organised.
Believe me, you don’t want to be searching frantically for notes when the tests or exams start! If you keep your subjects organised from the beginning of the year, things will be much easier.
- Find out what type of learner you are.
Every student is an individual. Your best friend might be able to read over her work and remember everything, while you study better using visual aids. Determine your best method and exams won’t be as challenging.
- List your goals.
Instead of dreading the school year, figure out what you want to achieve. You don’t have to get six distinctions or make the first hockey team. Your goals can be anything from meeting new people to joining a new society. Just have something to strive for this year.
- Get involved.
This doesn’t mean that should pursue every extramural activity the school has to offer. However, it is important to focus on more than just academics at school. Find a society you are interested in, and sign up!