How to Prepare for Next Year

Hi guys!

I know going back to school seems so far away, but it approaches so rapidly, so I thought I’d give some tips on how to make sure that you’re prepared for the next school year!

Plan

If you’ve just left school, or just want to make sure you’re on track, having a plan is an absolute must. I know results day hasn’t approached yet, but the more prepared you are for next year, the better.

If you’re carrying on with your studies in school, or going to a sixth form or college, here are some tips:

  • Research Your Options – A mistake I made when leaving school was not researching my options. I ended up going back to sixth form, in an environment I wasn’t happy in which led to me not getting the grades I wanted. The following summer, I chose to look into going to college and it was definitely the better option for me, and hopefully I’ve done better!
  • What Qualifications Do You Need? – If you have a certain course in mind, make sure that you research what qualifications you need in order to get into it. If you don’t think that it’s possible, just wait until results day/enrolment day and your tutors will talk through your options and choices!
  • Alternative Options – Being young means that we’re indecisive in what we want to do, so make sure that you have a fair few options to chose from incase your mind wanders.
  • Preparation – Read over the outline of the course, and possibly do some background research to make sure you know what to expect when it comes to actually studying it.

Lists

In order to make sure you have everything to go back to school, and you’ve done everything you need to do, make some lists and tick them off as you go!

  • Stationary – Make a list of all of the stationary essentials you need to go back to school with. There’s nothing worse than forgetting an absolute necessity on your first day!
  • Clothes – If you’re going back to a school or college where there isn’t a uniform, make a list of clothes you’ll need to go back. This helps so much when it comes to shopping, as you won’t be overwhelmed, and can hopefully get everything you need.
  • Other – In general, make lists for whatever else you need! They’re a great way to stay on track.

 

Clear Out

Once exam season is over, we all get a bit lazy and throw stuff here and there, but there’s nothing better than decluttering to refresh and be prepared for the next school year!

  • Desk Space – A messy desk leads no room for productivity, so have a good tidy out (including drawers) and make it a space you’re prepared to work hard at! Desk spaces don’t need to be boring, so add a few personal touches such as photos and other accessories to motivate yourself to actually sit there!
  • Old Papers – I personally hoard old papers incase I need them, but they can clutter space up. If you have notes you no longer need, then store them in folders or throw them away, but make sure you don’t do this until you have your results, just incase!
  • Notebooks – Go through all of your old notebooks, and see which ones you can still make use of, and which ones need to go.
  • Computer – Make sure to clear out your computer if you’re going to be doing a lot of work on it. Move old files you no longer need to a memory stick, or to the trash! Clear your desktop and make room for the new school year.

Motivation

After a long school holiday, getting the motivation to actually go back can be draining. Get yourself on some apps and start looking for the motivation. It’s better to start the school year motivated, and hopefully it’ll stick!

  • Pintrest – A great way to get back into the swing of things. Make various boards with different ideas to get yourself motivated.
  • Instragram – Studygram’s are a really good way to get yourself motivated. I made mine solely for the purpose of giving myself motivation to actually study every day! Even if you don’t post, it’s a great way to get ideas from other peoples studies and revision.
  • Tumblr – Studyblr’s are also another good way to get yourself motivated. Tumblr doesn’t have to just be for studying, you can just find endless pictures and motivational quotes, and create a blog!

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Time Management and Organization

As a student, managing your time can seem quite hard when you have a lot to do, but there’s ways to combat this!

  • Printables – Printables are a great way to make sure you’re organized. I use monthly printables from @emmastudies on Instagram to help me keep track of the upcoming events I have for the month. You can find a ton on Pintrest for pretty much anything!
  • Sleeping Pattern – Getting back into a sleeping pattern is so important when going back to school. Make sure you start to regulate your sleeping pattern a few weeks before you go back! If you struggle to wake up in the morning, give yourself a purpose to get out of bed, such as walking the dog!
  • Gathering Resources – Make sure you have the essential textbooks and school supplies you need before returning to school, it’ll make you feel so much more organized.

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I know it seems like a lot, but these are just a few of the things you can do to make sure you’re prepared to go back to school.  Whatever you do, just don’t stress. You can always resit and improve, and change your mind in what you’re doing. No decision has to be permanent at this age!

I have many more posts coming up before school starts, so keep a look out!

Zoe

 

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