Be school savvy!

By admin
19 January 2015

Back to school can be back to cool; here’s your go-to-guide to an awesome school year

Making a success of the year

  • Plan! Whether you do it weekly or daily doesn’t matter, just be sure to do it. Draw up a roster that includes everything you need to do in terms of academics, sports, social activities and family time. Manage your time down to the hour if that’s what works best for you.
  • Aim for your own personal best and keep trying to beat that. You’re only in competition with yourself, nobody else.
  • Don’t start off the year with a positive attitude only to ditch it later. Keep it up all year round. Be sure to maintain a good balance between work and play throughout the school year.
  • Keep clear of complications. Friendships and relationships are an essential part of life. But when they interfere with other important things such as school, then it’s best to reprioritise. Focus on what you need.

Time for class!

  • Be prepared and punctual. Preparation pays off – it means less catching up when exam time comes around.
  • Ditch the cell. Spend your time in class focusing on what’s important. There’s lots of time to chat to your friends or update your social pages outside of school hours.
  • Don’t tick off your teacher or your peers. Keep on their good side. Remember that relationships are an investment – people will treat you well and with respect if you do the same.

Get gorgeous

  • Follow a regular exercise routine. Exercise releases endorphins which make you happy. If you feel good, you’ll look good!
  • Pamper yourself. Do a home facial (yes, guys can do this too!), manicure and pedicure.
  • Get a haircut – a fresh new ’do can mean an all-new you!

Try something new

  • Find out what after-school activities are on offer. Look at noticeboards, speak to classmates, ask your teachers and look at your local newspaper to see what’s available.
  • Consider getting a tutor who’s passed the grade you’re starting. They’ve had their papers and assignments marked already and probably know what your teacher is looking for.
  • Offer to tutor someone in a grade below you. Giving back feels good, looks good (on your CV) and reinforces what you already know.

Pack healthy snacks

  • Thick slices of cucumber with dollops of low-fat cream cheese. Yummy, juicy and healthy! Chopped carrots and cherry tomatoes also make for a healthy lunch.
  • Fruit salad. Mix up a variety of seasonal fruit for a delish summer snack.
  • Ditch the fizzy drinks and drink plenty of water – you’ll also save money this way.
  • Nuts, pumpkin seeds and dried fruit are nutritious and tasty and will keep you fuller for longer.

How to do better in exams

  • Don’t wait for exam time to draw up an action plan. Implement good working habits from the get-go – start by revising your homework every day after school. That way you won’t have to cram come exam time.
  • Find solutions as problems arise. Don’t wait until half the year has passed by and you’re struggling to figure out an equation or analyse your school-assigned literature. If you don’t understand something, ask your teacher for help immediately so you don’t delve deeper into confusion as the year progresses.
  • Practise. The old saying “practice makes perfect” is really the best advice for exams. What better way to prepare for an exam that testing yourself in an “exam environment”? Draw up papers as new work arrives and test yourself to see how much you know before the real exam arrives.

Give your schoolbag a makeover

  • Pack: Healthy snacks
  • Ditch: Chips and chocolate

  • Pack: Toiletry essentials
  • Ditch: Make-up

  • Pack: Essential documents (in case of an emergency)
  • Ditch: Personal diary (keep it at home)

  • Pack: School diary and calendar
  • Ditch: Random sticky notes

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- Faiza Mallick

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