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Back To School Tips For The Year Ahead

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Back To School Tips For The Year Ahead

Back to school after a nice relaxing break? Ready to start your studies with a bang? These top back to school tips will help you hit the ground running!

New year, new term… it’s time for a whole batch of new resolutions to put a spring in your step. See if you can make the most of your school studies with these eight top tips. How many can you tick off on your life’s to-do list by the end of the year?

1. Get Organised

Need new folders or pens? Make a list of what you need for the school term, so you’ve got the right tools for the job.

Ever created a study plan? If not, now’s the time. It can help you achieve your goals in a realistic way, balancing work and play. There are lots of free study plan apps available, take a look, then get planning!

Forget where and when your lessons are? Take care of your lesson planner – decorate it with sharpies, stick it to your most vital notebook so you don’t lose it, take photocopies in case you DO lose it… and you can even transfer the information to an online or app-based lesson planner (there are loads out there to choose from).

Get organised… in a way that works for you!

2. Create Exam Revision Aids As You Go

It’s tempting to leave revising until the last minute, especially when exams seem ages away! They’re always closer than you think, and cramming for them isn’t the best (or even easiest) way to go. The good news? It only takes a minute or two to create study aids over the school year. At the bottom of any lesson notes, sum up that lesson in a few sentences and underline important keywords. Do this before you head to your next lesson, while it’s fresh in your head. This will help when it comes to revision time. If you’re feeling ‘flash’ you can even do these as flash cards!

3. Use Your Free (School) Time Wisely

At lunchtime it’s important to take a proper break and clear your head from the morning’s learning, but if you’re in sixth form you’ll have free periods in your timetable, too. Treat them as study periods, use them to get as much work done as you can, and you’ll have more free time to enjoy in the evenings!

4. Explore Career Ideas – With No Pressure!

Maybe you’ve known since year dot what job you want to do, but when you’ve got time to explore lots of career ideas while still at school and find out more about them without having to commit. Information is power! Find out more about careers that might suit you (with no pressure to start job hunting) by logging on to www.startprofile.com and exploring industries and careers!

5. Volunteer

Volunteering can boost your confidence, helping you to make new friends AND build snazzy new skills. It can even boost your CV for when you need to start showing it to employers. You can volunteer in your local area and fit it around your school term or holidays, too. Go on – be a real-life superhero!

6. Do Work Experience

Get a taste of the working world and find out a little bit more about what you might enjoy doing once you leave school. Work experience will most likely involve a week or so covering a company or shadowing someone who works there. It’s a whole new world and a way to explore all kinds of futures and possibilities.

7. Talk To Teachers And Career Advisors

Teachers are great go-to people for advice when you’re still at school. They may not know all the career options and pathways out there, but they know your academic strengths and will do their best to think about what’s best for you in terms of anything from choosing subjects to thinking about what happens after school.

Career advisors are trained to give you qualified careers advice. They can help you figure out your skills, ambitions and options. Log on to www.startprofile.com for more information and advice.

8. Take Up A New Hobby

Extra-curricular activities help you grow as a person, discovering new interests and taking on new skills. Everything from horse riding to blogging can help your personal development, and maybe give you some career ideas too! Hobbies are also a good thing to list on your CV and personal statement!