5 Tips To Help You Survive The New School Year
BY JALESSA CASTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
CENTRAL FLORIDA - Weekends at the beach, movie nights with those closest to you, staying up all night joking with friends; all those things now take a back seat as school makes its triumphed return.
Regardless of the feeling that summer just started, it is already time to get back to school. Thankfully, a new school year can prove to be an exciting venture. New classes, teachers, and friends can make the year more exciting! To help make your year a stress-free and successful one, I have devised a list of five tips that can help you survive the new school year.
1. Get A Good Amount Of Sleep
Although cliché, the value of a good night’s sleep surpasses the notion of merely giving you more energy. While it does accomplish that, it also prevents serious health issues.
According to WebMd, sleep deprivation can put you at risk for a heart attack, can lead to depression, ages your skin, and much more.
Worrying about assignments or tests the following day can make falling asleep at a decent hour difficult so it is important to give yourself enough time to allow your body to relax before going to bed.
Having a good night’s sleep will help you to feel refreshed and will equip you with the attention needed to deal with the situations you will face during the day.
2. Eat Breakfast
Having breakfast before school is vital. Unfortunately, mornings do not work as smoothly as they are portrayed in cereal commercials so it can be tough to find time to eat. Nevertheless, eating simply a fruit or granola bar can be enough to hold you over until lunch time and can be very favorable.
According to consumerreports.org eating breakfast can give you a mental edge, it protects your heart, and skipping breakfast can actually raise the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 21%.
Eating breakfast can give you the energy and brain power to handle school’s challenges.
3. Finish Your Homework On Time
Finishing your homework on time is a key to having a successful school year. Whereas some may reason that completing homework just before class starts is rational, it is not recommended. That method may get you completion points but does not have any long-term benefits, such as helping you to pass tests or quizzes.
In fact, after tracking 3,000 children over the past 15 years, a 2012 study done by the Department of Education concluded that spending more than two hours a night doing homework is linked to achieving better results in English, Math and Science.
You cannot receive the same results if you rush too quickly through your homework.
4. Make Friends
No matter what grade you’re in, friends can prove to be of great support. When you’re dealing with troubles at home, when you get an F on a test you studied hard for, and even when a teacher gets on your nerves, your friends are going to be the ones who you can confide in and who will help you get over whatever hurdle you’re facing.
The philosopher Aristotle once said, “In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. They keep the young out of mischief; they comfort and aid the old in their weakness, and they incite those in the prime of life to noble deeds.”
For some, the idea of making friends can be intimidating but having friends does not mean being popular. Getting to know even one person well enough to sit with them at lunch or to have at least one friendly face to find in the crowd when you have to present a project can be very helpful.
5. Get Along With Your Teachers
As opposed to popular belief, teachers aren’t there to ruin student’s lives. While there are some tough teachers in the workforce a majority of them want their student’s to succeed.
You don’t have to be an A student to get along with your teacher either. When you ask questions and show the initiative to learn, your teacher will appreciate your hard work and want to help you.
“My Algebra 1 teacher was named Mrs. Alison Maglio,” shared Serina Aponte, a local junior in High School. “She understood that I worked hard in school but that certain subjects, like math, were very hard for me. She showed me patience, provided after school tutoring, and helped me to make a balanced study schedule. With her help I was invited to join the National Society of High Schools Scholars.”
Hopefully these tips will help you to have a successful school year. I wish you all the best and let’s make this school year a great one!