School has started and some people may be nervous to start a new year, however some people may be excited and happy to see their friends once again. There are many different emotions displayed at this time of the year. We have overcome a great feat after COVID-19 – there are many tough times when we had to stay at home in lockdown and quarantine when us or our friends got sick, but now we are finally returning to something that seems like normal and finally go to school without masks, without having to get constant tests done. As we go back to school, I suggest trying to set new goals for the new academic year, and let’s aspire to complete those goals. 

Here are some ‘Back to School Tips for the 2022-2023 School Year’  

  1. Stay Ahead as Long as You Can

While starting new classes, remember that your attitude about this school year can affect your performance all year long. It’s a lot easier to earn and 9 if you do your best from the beginning instead of slacking off for the first few weeks and then having to play catch up the rest of the year. Mentally prepare yourself to start with your best and continue that throughout the year. Try to stay ahead as long as you can. You may be surprised by how far you’ll go.

  • Create a Daily Routine and Stick to It

How many times have you been late in the last year, how many times have you woken up so late that you’re in a rush to leave the house? We get it. Sometimes the alarm doesn’t go off, or you’re having such a good sleep that you can’t/don’t really hear it. But have you ever noticed that the anxiety that stems from being late or forgetting your homework which can derail your entire day? Developing a daily routine will keep you feeling refreshed and focused throughout the day. Your daily routine will vary depending on your school, extracurriculars, and any other commitments you have throughout the day.

  • Make a To-Do List

It’s recommended to set a list of goals for each day, month, and year. This to-do list may include homework, chores, hobbies, test prep, creative projects, goals, or other items you plan to conduct during a specific time frame. Research shows that when you write your goals down, you are 42% more likely to accomplish them. Start small by writing down your plans for each day and see if it helps boost your efficiency. 

  • Create a Comfortable, Distraction-Free Study Space

Find a quiet, clean space within your home to sit while studying or working on homework. If complete silence is hard to find, use headphones to drown out any background noise. If you lose focus easily, use the “out of sight and out of mind” method, by keeping distractions away from you. This may involve placing your phone in a drawer, or temporarily shutting off notifications for social media apps. Another tip is to make sure you are comfortable. Avoid sitting on the couch or in bed as this may cause you to become sleepy or hold your body in uncomfortable and awkward positions. Sitting at a desk or your kitchen table is much more productive. 

  • Take Breaks

For some students, studying does not come easy. Sometimes we lack focus, even when we carve time out of our day for it. Try pairing a not-so-fun task with something you enjoy. For example, every hour or so that you spend working on a task, give yourself a little break by enjoying your favourite snack, or watching an episode of your favourite show. Breaking up your study time will prevent brain drain and help you avoid procrastination. But for this to work properly you have to be intentional with managing your breaks and making sure the task equals the reward. For instance, one hour of studying shouldn’t result in four hours of TV.

  •  Ask for Help

If you’re struggling, don’t be afraid to ask for help! It’s great to ask your peer, your teacher or any adults around that are educated in the subject of your question. Remember, the sooner you ask for help, the better. Your teachers are experts in the subject and are there to support you throughout your learning.

  • Try to Socialize Every Day

A high school education should extend beyond academics. As important as school and education is, don’t make studying your whole life. Try to reach out to your friends once in a while and, maybe make plans for the weekend. Remember to make the effort to communicate with your friends on a regular basis or look for ways to make new friends. School clubs are a great place to start!

  • Find Healthy Ways to Manage Stress

The high school years are stressful. In 2020, it was reported that nearly half of teenagers said that COVID-19 made them feel like it’s impossible to plan for the future. If you’re experiencing high levels of stress, maybe it’s time to step back, take a deep breath, and evaluate how you feel. We all strive to be happy, but sometimes that goal still is just outside our reach. Sometimes stress becomes more than we can manage on our own. There’s no shame in seeking help. If you need help and don’t know where else to go, start by taking advantage of Blossom, we will be available to help and advice you