Ah Labor Day. We all know it, and love it. It marks both the end of the precious freedom summer vacation brings, and the beginning of another year at school. Although we are already entering our third week of school this semester, there are a large number of students who have begun school today.
Personally, my summer break was well needed. I do hold a job, so it was not much of a ‘vacation’ per se, but it did give my brain a chance to recoup. I am now refreshed, and ready to learn. In fact, I have already learned quite a bit in only the first few classes.
The first few weeks can be extremely tough. Forcing ourselves back into the daily grind can be difficult, but it is possible. Thankfully, most students are able to make the transition quite well. Some tips to help get you back into the swing of things are:
- Stay Interested! One of the easiest ways to ease yourself back into the swing of things is to be interested in your class. History may not be your favorite subject in the world, but it is fascinating to see what has made your country the way it is today!
- Plan Ahead! Student agendas are a great way to plan ahead. It lets you write down your assignments, plan out your week, and lets you relax, knowing that you have successfully planned out everything that needs to get done. Believe it or not, once you develop this habit, it’s very motivating. Who doesn’t like crossing things off their list?
- Questions, Questions, Questions! It may seem obvious, but asking questions is another way to get back into the swing of things. You may initially feel that questions make you look inferior, but it’s quite the opposite. Your fellow students will appreciate your drive, and it lets the professor know you are interested in the subject. Answering the questions asked by your professor is also a great way to learn. You may get stumped, it may be difficult, but it is one of the best ways to show your interest for the class.
These tips are pretty simple, and pretty easy to follow. Once you get into the groove, you’ll be back on track, learning, and loving every second of it! To be motivated will not only help yourself, but will also help other students understand and enjoy the material covered in class.
What tips do you have for succeeding in school? Shoot me an email with them, and I will include them in my next blog!