Tips For A Productive School Year

Thursday, September 3, 2015

For most people, January and September are typically seen as the two stages in the year where you have the opportunity to start afresh. Beginning the new school/work year can be both an exciting and scary time, particularly if you're about to enter a year filled with important exams, to aid you into the next stage of your academic life. Assumably, most people want to head into the school year with a positive and motivated attitude but this often becomes lost within a few weeks. Today, I'll be sharing with you my top tips and essentials for ensuring you can have both a productive and motivated school year. 

Must Haves For Staying Organised:

1. Get a planner
This may seem completely obvious but a lot of people will completely toss their planner to the side on that first day back. I personally cannot function without a planner, so much so that I have two. One for school and one for blogging, I like to feel organised and so when I write things down I'm more likely to remember it and therefore do it.

2. Dividers
Not only do these help you save space in your bag, as you only have to carry one folder for all of your subjects.. but these are perfect for staying organised with everything being kept together. On the first day of term teachers tend to give out so many loose sheets which let's be honest.. without a folder or divider we'd probably lose them. Every single one of them. 

3. Highlighters/Coloured Pens
My notes are genuinely like a colouring book because I just can't stand things being written in black and white. When reading over my notes I'll more than likely zone out if they aren't written in colour, this just helps me to focus and allows my notes to stick in my mind more. Definitely a great thing to do if you're a visual learner.

4. Flashcards/Sticky Notes
I'm super old school in the way that I just love writing things down. A new planner and a to do list is always at the top of my supply shopping list every year, alongside flashcards and sticky notes.. of course the colourful kind! To stay organised you have to be able to remember the tasks you have to do. I love placing sticky notes everywhere.. on my folders, fridge, bedroom door, the TV.. seriously just anywhere! It seems silly to think we remind ourselves to do things that much but sometimes the more you remind yourself to do something, the more motivation you shall gain to actually do it.

5. Set your timetable as your phone background!
This will become so handy, especially within the first few weeks when you're having to adjust to new classrooms and lessons. This will help you to learn your timetable that extra bit quicker and avoid the embarrassment of being late to class on the first day - we've all been there!

Top 3 Tips For Staying Motivated:

1. Set yourself goals
This is by far the best way to start your schooling year off right. If you know what you want to achieve by the end of the year, this will give you something to work on and keep in the back of your mind throughout every essay or assignment that is getting you down. I honestly think the biggest reason people lose focus half way through the year is that they haven't set themselves a goal to complete by the end of it all. 

2. Treat yourself
A bit similar to the previous tip but even if it's just treating yourself to a lush bath bomb at the end of the month or a new lipstick once you've completed that 5000 word killer essay you will feel so relieved at the end of it all. If you give yourself a goal or a treat to work towards and look forward to then it will make you more keen to work harder and therefore have a more productive school year.

3. Buy cute stationery 
Just like with exercise, when you wear a cute workout outfit you're more likely going to enjoy working out. If you have a couple of cute notebooks maybe with some doughnuts printed on them or a neon pink pencil case you will 100% be more likely to get your work done. It sounds silly but people like to be aesthetically pleased, if you're happy with your supplies then you're a lot more likely to actually use them. This doesn't mean go out and spend tonnes of money, I'm still going to be using the same pink folders I've used for the past three years but a new pencil case never harmed anybody. 

And my most favourite tip of all to remember is "Don't wish for it, work for it!" If you fail to prepare, then ultimately you have to prepare to fail. I wish you all the very best of luck for this new academic year, let's try and make it our most successful one yet! I hope you found this post somewhat useful and if you have any other tips about staying motivated which I didn't mention, then please let me know in the comments below - I'd love to hear your thoughts! Until next time,

"Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world"
- Nelson Mandela
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