If you’re reading this then you’ve probably clicked on this post for some back to school tips and I shall try not to disappoint. Last year I did a full back to school series but honestly I didn’t love writing it so wasn’t actually going to do any back to school posts this year. In spite of that I took to twitter to ask if you’d like one and the majority of you said yes! Obviously this year is my GCSE’s so I will do a revision post (or posts) nearer the time but let’s not get ahead of ourselves, the school year hasn’t even started! Therefore here are a few tips and tricks to help you settle into the new school year:
Whilst I admit to going to bed incredibly late over the summer I have to say easing into a reasonable sleep routine a few days before your first day back will be one of the best things you can do before going to back to school. Yup, sleep really does control your day and if I have a bad night’s sleep (mostly due to late night twitter scrolling) then I will probably only remember what I had for lunch the next school day. During school I try to get to sleep at around 9-10 pm to ensure I get around 9 hours sleep (I get up at around 7) and this works perfectly for me.
So you think you’re organised? There’s nothing wrong with splurging on a myriad of new school supplies before going back to school; aesthetic school supplies can make learning a lot easier and less of a chore. Paperchase may not be the cheapest stationary shop but their 10 subject notebooks (I nearly had a heart attack when I saw they do them in A4 as well) were amazing for revision last year, there are plenty of places that also sell great school supplies.
Know what’s expected of you. As great as it is doing extra work to impress your teacher, it could stop you from doing work that actually needs to be done. In the first few years of secondary school I definitely fell victim of this which resulted in me missing deadlines as I would spend too long on a particular piece of work that I really didn’t need to. All work and no play results in a very unproductive student, don’t work yourself too hard.
Make mornings easier by washing your hair, knowing what you’re having for breakfast (see next tip) and packing your school bag the night before. There is nothing worse than waking up in the morning knowing that you have so much to do, it can put you in a really bad mindset for the rest of the day. Even thinking of how you’re going to wear your hair the next day will make your life a little easier. I also plan my makeup routine (if I wear any) just so that I’m prepped and can wake up without the vacuous choice of what lipstick do I wear?
The amount of people I know that don’t have breakfast for morning is ridiculous and whilst I know it can be a rush in the morning I always leave 10 minutes for breakfast (and I can’t quite get my head round how people can’t have breakfast in the morning as I don’t think I could function without it). I’m no food blogger so I can’t tell you a great deal of recipes (and I certainly don’t have the ability to make breakfast look pretty when I go back to school) but I do have a few simple ideas for healthy and quick breakfasts to set you up for the day:
- Porridge with half a chopped banana (other toppings are available) is simple and easy, my go to school breakfast.
- Weetabix with sugar and strawberries, because a little sweet treat is great at the start of the day.
- Yoghurt with fruit (or some nuts) is still better than nothing if you’re in a rush!
- If you have a bit more time you could always make some oatmeal pancakes (I’ve linked a recipe that includes blueberries) is healthy and high in protein.
Set yourself a few goals for the new school year. It has become a sort of tradition to do this with my best friend before we go back to school and this year is no different. I write my goals down in the same notebook I write my new years resolutions in and I actually do try quite hard to stick to them. This year I want to try to stay calm and take regular breaks so I don’t get too stressed, don’t get distracted by my phone and don’t daydream in science class. I also want to read more as I hardly read at all throughout the last school year and this summer I’ve managed to catch up on all the books I’ve been yearning to read.
But most importantly, don’t stress (or try not to), the worst thing I do is worry about not doing the work which makes me not do the work – take a deep breathe and you’ll be fine. I wish you the best of luck to those of you going back to school, college or uni 🙂 when are you all going back and what year are you going into?