September is just around the corner which means a new school year! Whether you are an adult learner headed on a new career path, or a parent prepping their kids, it can be a challenge to get back into a routine.
Here are a few tips to get back into school mode.
Set small, manageable goals.
If your student feels anxious about diving back into in-person learning and all it entails — navigating physical class changes, keeping papers organized, interacting with peers — then setting specific, manageable goals for the first days back may help. To ease the transition, create micro-goals for the first few days back.
Create a checklist
Besides school, you may be managing a job or taking care of a family! Daily errands and general life can make it seem like your plate is full! Be sure to organize your time by creating a checklist or schedule that can help keep you on track for the day.
Write out All Your Deadlines
As soon as you get all of your course syllabi be sure to write out all your deadlines in your calendar and daily planner. Creating good habits in keeping track of your deadlines right away will ensure that you don’t forget any important assignments or exams.
Set Goals for yourself
Whether it be the grade that you want to achieve or the amount of time you want to take to finish an assignment, setting goals for yourself will help you feel motivated to reach them and get things done early.
Two things that correlate strongly with success at school are motivation and self-efficacy. Self-efficacy is the ability to take a larger task, like earning your college degree and break it down into manageable, bite-size steps. That means focusing on one class, credit, or even assignment at a time. Try to remain positive no matter what your reasons for returning to the classroom. Going back to school is exciting and the more upbeat you are, the easier it will be to reduce stress and stay motivated.
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