Whether you’re headed back to high school, middle school, or elementary school, one thing’s for certain – back to school season is upon us! In a matter of a couple of days, you will be all set to set foot inside the familiar corridors of school. There will be lockers to set up, your class schedule to figure out, friends to meet up with and make weekend plans with, combining study hours to maximize potential, the cafeteria to hang out in, new connections to make, and much, much more. Like with all new beginnings, a new school year brings with it a mix of both anticipation and healthy apprehension.
We at eTutorWorld have been working with you for over eight years now, helping you achieve core topic competence at your convenience. Our expert tutors have thousands of hours of experience and wisdom, as well as the wealth of students that they have connected with and helped achieve academic excellence. This year, they have put their heads together and come up with a handy five-point guide on how you can keep the momentum going all through the year, with just a little bit of planning and strategic thinking. All you will need to do is to bookmark this blogpost link so you can come back here whenever you need a little boost. Parents, this goes for you, too!
Here is what they propose:
Back to School Tip #1: Organizational Skills – Develop a system of organizing your school work, paper work, home assignments, with the help of a mentor or an older person, if need be. When you start thinking about your work and responsibilities in buckets, it will help you compartmentalize and prioritize better. This leads to desks and workspaces that aren’t as busy, wardrobes that aren’t as cluttered, and minds that are a whole lot clearer.
Trick: Make lists. On paper, with a pen. The art of writing down something you remember has been scientifically proven to improve brain capacity, as opposed to just making a note on your computer. Writing down something in a small notebook that fits into your backpack has the added advantage of building a concrete memory. Try it today.
Parents: How can you make your child’s learning environment calm and clutter-free? Help your child understand and practice discipline in their day-to-day activities.
Back to School Tip #2: Time Management Skills – The one common complaint people all over the world have is that there is far too little time to finish/accomplish things. Nothing could be farther from the truth, insist our experts. Just like organizational skills, time management is essentially learning to prioritize just one currency. You have a set number of hours each day – how can you make the most of it? The one mistake we all make is we make promises of “air” time, i.e., we think of time as an infinite resource. Treating it as a tangible, finite currency will help us make the most of time, our tutors say.
Trick: Let us say physics is one area that could do with a little bit of help. You are already ahead of the class in biology and chemistry, but physics sometimes leaves you a bit overwhelmed. Simple: allocate 50% of your time to biology and chemistry together, and in the extra 25% you get for physics, sign up for a digital subscription to some physics weekly or monthly magazine and read it cover-to-cover. When you can see clearly what you have to work with, and set goals, time management is really a breeze.
Parents: Think ahead. Plan in such a way that half your morning chores to send your child to school have been strategized the night before, with a clear focus on time taken for each.
Back to School Tip #3: Problem-Solving Skills – One of the key skills to develop at an early age that will never fail you in your adult life is that of critical thinking and problem solving. Who isn’t beset with some problem or the other? The best way out of such a situation is to think ahead and beyond, our tutors say.
Trick: Is chronic tardiness a concern? It harks back to your time management skills – work on them and say bye-bye to tardiness. Do you find yourself distracted all the time? This points to lack of focus or concentration. Set a timer for say thirty minutes, get to a task or assignment that needs completion, and allow yourself to focus entirely on that task without distraction. Inform your family or friends that you are not to be disturbed during that window of time. Practice self-advocacy and self-affirmation. You can do this, whatever it is. Remember, problems are always a learning experience.
Parents: When your child presents a problem or concern to you, engage in active dialogue. Ask the questions leading up the solution so thinking logically, critically, step-by-step becomes default in your child’s problem-solving skills.
Back to School Tip #4: Communication Skills – Remember: your teachers and parents are there to offer you support and guidance. Your teachers will always be ready to help with additional help and instruction, and your parents will lend a helping hand when needed. Your academic performance is important to both your parents and teachers, so practice clear, rational, communication, both verbal and written.
Trick: Write notes to your parents, leave them on the fridge. Attach little notes with your assignments when you feel like you need extra help. Practice the art of letter-writing to loved ones and to friends. Make notes ahead of class so you can participate more in class. Effective communication will only go on help your academic performance.
Parents: Encourage conversation and dialogue with your child. Let them actively participate in discussions so their curiosity and awareness will increase.
Back to School Tip #5: Set up Checkpoints – As you begin a new year, set up concrete goal posts and check points to gauge your advancement by yourself, and/or in concert with a parent or a mentor. These will serve as handy reminders of the goals you have set for yourself, as also tie back in with time management and organizational skills.
Trick: Set up a reward system. For every goal post that you’ve successfully achieved, give yourself a gold star. Yes, we advocate rewarding yourself with gold stars! And for every five gold stars, or ten, or twenty, align the achievement with something you would like. A new set of pencils, a tee or a pair of sneakers, perhaps? Of course, this is just a suggestion. But if your teacher can reward you with gold stars, why not reward yourself?
Parents: Work with your child to help them achieve not just academic goal posts, but also realize personal aspirations. Tie in with a reward system that is something your child works toward.
We hope this blog post was interesting and informative. We would love to hear from you! Please leave us a comment or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we will be happy to answer your queries! Also note that our Back to School offer has been extended: you can use coupon code BTS10 until Sept 10 to avail a 10% discount.