Written by a representative from Tutor House, a Clonlara School guest blogger (***Clonlara School does not endorse or recommend any product/service in connection with this author***).
The end of the summer holidays and the beginning of a new school year is an equally stressful and exciting time for many parents and students alike.
London-based private tutoring agency Tutor House has come up with its top ten tips for going back to school, aimed to help students and parents prepare for the new school term.
1. Morning Organization – Get Back into the Routine
Create a routine for the mornings to ensure that everyone is out of the house at the right time.
Ensure that everything needed for school is prepared the night before the first day back to avoid the unwanted stressful manic rush in the morning.
2. Prepare the Calendar – Highlight Key Dates
Having a family calendar is a great idea and solution for effectively preparing for key term dates, as the whole house can always be kept up to date with what everyone has planned.
Mark key term dates and the days kids are doing after school activities.
3. Lunch and Breakfast Supplies
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so it’s worth having the fridge and cupboards filled up with a range of healthy breakfast items.
If lunch boxes are required then ensure that you have plenty of lunch box fillers available so in the morning it is quick and easy to rustle something up.
4. Reading List – Get Ahead of the Class
If the school has issued a reading list for a particular subject before the term starts, get these books as soon as possible.
Summer holiday reading or a 20-minute session before bed is the ideal solution to avoid last minute cramming as students will learn more effectively.
5. Holiday Work – Slow and Steady
A continuing theme here is to ensure that nothing is left to the last minute. Holiday work is often left to the eleventh hour, causing stress and ineffective learning.
By steadily completing holiday work earlier on in the holidays ensures that students will keep their minds energised, avoiding that horrendous last minute dash to finish off 10 pieces of homework the night before the first day of school.
6. Labelling – Get the Sewing Kit out, Mum!
Labelling all the uniform and sports kit is a sensible idea as it helps avoid having to keep buying new uniform to replace potential items of lost property throughout the school year.
An arduous task for many, but dedicate an evening or two to spend with the sewing kit – it’ll be worth evading the potentially expensive mid-term uniform replacements!
7. Regulate Sleeping Habits – No More Late Nights
Traditionally the summer holidays can bring change to a child’s sleeping habits, especially teenagers.
Try to regulate sleeping patterns a week or so before term starts to avoid a shock to the system on the first day back at school.
8. Brush up in Key Areas – Private Tuition?
Make a flying start to the new term by brushing up in a few key areas. Whether it’s an important exam year or a new start, hiring a private tutor for a few hours before term starts can really make a difference.
Putting all the excitement and stress of starting a new term aside for a second, it’s actually correspondingly important to keep calm and have a positive attitude.
These schooling years are so precious, and won’t last forever so enjoy them as much as benefitting from them.
10. Avoid the Uniform Rush – don’t leave it all last minute
By shopping for school uniform well before the end of summer rush parents can benefit from avoiding manic shopping trips and can often pick up very good deals.
Currently Debenhams are offering 70% off Kids school uniform and other retailers are offering deals such as; 2 for 1 and 3 for 3 on school uniforms.
Author Bio – Tutor House is a private tutoring agency based in Fulham, London and offers private tuition for children aged 11 – 18 years old in Common Entrance, GCSEs and A-Levels. Tutor House also offers special education support, careers advice, gap year advice and University guidance.
For more information on private tutors in London and Fulham contact Tutor House on 020 7381 6253 or visit http://www.tutorhouse.co.uk