The transition from summer to school can be a tough one. Every child cringes in the beginning of August when the “back-to-school” sales make their way to the department stores. Eyes roll back into a kid’s head when their teacher ask them to do any work on the first day. And to participate in a discussion? Forget about it.
Here are a few simple steps that will help ease you back into the school regiment that you will be in for the next nine months.
Adjust your sleep pattern
The summertime is a great time to stay up late and get up even later. No worries. Right?
So if you hit the last weekend before school starts the same as the rest of the summer, you’re in for a nasty time. Your brain will be sludge, your negative attitude will be that much worse, and you’ll feel lousy (forget the double sessions of sports you’ll want to be involved in).
Don’t go cold turkey.
At least a week before school starts, make small adjustments to your sleep time. Make sure you get 8-10 hours of sleep during this time, and try to go to sleep earlier and wake earlier as well.
Try to hang out with your friends more during the day
To help out with the sleep pattern, try to hang out with your friends when the sun is out. Don’t wait until the evening to start texting and then before you realize it, it’s 2 am.
Make a list of goals for the year
Goals seem sometimes out of reach for adults, for kids it can be impossible to think of them. However, you should try to think about what you want to get out of school this next year. Do you want to try to participate in (sports, music, drama) more this year? Do you want to get a few more A’s?
Jot a few ideas down in a journal, diary, or even a sticky note to help you to turn your attitude in the right direction.
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
A little positive thinking will go a long way for you.
Make sure you have a planner
With the amount of information that will be hitting you in the first days of school, you’ll need something on which to write homework and other dates down.
All successful people have some sort of planning device. Paper works fine, but maybe you want something more gadgety… If you can afford it, then go for a Palm, an iphone, or some smartphone.
By being organized, you won’t be overwhelmed and behind after the first week.
Find a friend who will help you out
It’s not fun to go it alone in school. You’ll always need someone to help you out of something, academic or social. Try to think of that one person you can trust. Not a whole group of people, just one or two.
If you let summer drag out until the very end and then go straight to school, you’re going to be very disappointed and not ready to start out the right way. Plan how you will have a good year, and it will become a good year.