Surviving Back to School

Here's some tips to making 'back to school' a little easier.

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Going back to school can be a whirlwind of emotions and stress for most people. Meeting new friends, getting back into a steady routine and the struggles of studying is nerve-wracking, but here are some ways to make that all a little better.


The best way to stay on track is to organise your time well. Grab yourself a planner, diary or notebook (even your phone calendar) and schedule your deadlines so you can stay reminded to complete your work. Having an organised, neat diary can help you feel motivated to study and also get you thinking creatively. Doodles, stickers or even graphs can take over your planner, directing you to the most important deadline dates. There’s tons of planning videos around to give you some inspiration.

Find what works for you:

Everyone learns differently, whether that be by watching videos, listening to audio or writing notes, so finding out what works best for you can help your studying while stopping you from getting too bored. If you’re a visual learner, find some videos online around your topic or posters that help explain the task. Audio listener? See if you can record your lectures to listen back later on your phone or laptop! There’s also many resources online you can find to talk and walk you through. If you’re someone who remembers by writing, then a fun notebook might get you learning. Write and organise your notes with exciting colours, headers and diagrams that you can keep referring to.

Time to relax:

It’s quite easy to get carried away with your work once you get started and, for the most part, it’s good to get momentum going. However, don’t neglect other activities for your school work. Schedule your time to split up working and relaxing. For example, if you finish school at 4, spend an hour or so on any left-over work to catch up, then take some time for yourself. Take a shower, get some exercise or spend time with your friends or family. Just like with studying, relaxing is different for everyone and it’s best to find out how well you work during the day. More motivated during the evening or morning? Schedule your work when you’re feeling energetic and focused to speed your way through.

Communicate with your tutors:

Tutors and teachers are there to help, and their always happy to receive questions. If you’re not understanding your work, go see your tutor for help or even send them an email. You can also send over some work for them to look through and get feedback. It’s always best to know if you’re on track, even if you don’t have any worries. There’s also forums and sites online where you can find help from other teachers or students. The easiest way for help is by working with those in your course or class; each student has their own skills, so put them together and get the best out of your work.

Extra curricular activities:

There’s always one thing you’ll hear about school and that’s to ‘get involved’. It seems scary or time-consuming, but it’s a good way to meet others or just gain experience and interesting experiences to put on your CV. Hobbies such as sports, drama or music as well as student-body positions are all common and a fascinating way to explore your school. You can even venture out to other activities in your area, getting you away from school and into a positive attitude. Not sure where to look? A simple google will sort that out! You can also visit your local theatres to see if they’re hosting youth groups such as dance, music or drama. A great example is the hard work for young people at the Gulbenkian Theatre where they host workshops, dance shows and youth theatre experiences for you to get involved.

Make the most out of being a student:

Outside of education, there’s a lot you can get out of being a student. Signing up for student memberships help you get discounts on all your favourite brands, or even help you try new things for less. Sites such as UniDays, Student Beans, or buying a NUS card can aid you in getting the most out of your money. Many stores and entertainment accept discounts for students, or even have their own memberships. For £30 a year, students can buy a discount card from Southeastern Railway, or for £5 a year you can get £2 off selected shows and discounts for food at the Gulbenkian Theatre.

It won’t take long to get back into the flow of school, yet these tips might get you sailing in the right direction. School is a learning process for everyone, not just when it comes to your courses. The best way to survive school is to stay calm, positive, reach out for help and to look after yourself.

Chloe Walker

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I'm a second year Journalism student at Canterbury College with an interest in Fashion, Arts and Business.