The summer is winding down and it's almost time to go back to school. For students, this can be an exciting time as they get to see their friends again and learn new things. But for parents and teachers, the back-to-school season can be a little stressful. There's so much to do to get ready for the new school year!
To help you get ready for back to school, we've put together the ultimate guide. This guide covers everything from supplies you'll need, to how to prepare for the first day of school. We've even included some tips on making the most of your time in the classroom and getting good grades.
So whether you're a student, parent or teacher, our ultimate back-to-school guide has you covered. Get ready to have a successful and stress-free school year!
To make it even easier, as we go through each section, we will have tags underneath each title to show who should pay extra attention to ease the back-to-school experience.
(Students + Parents + Teachers)
One of the first things you'll need to do when getting ready for back to school is to gather all of the necessary supplies. Every year, most teachers will send out a list of required and recommended supplies for their students. Be sure to check this list carefully and get everything that you need before the first day of school as well as make a few additions to make life easier. If you use the tag #BacktoSherpa in a social media post with your new school swag and comment on our post seen above, you can win some Sherpa classroom goodies!
Here are some general supplies that every student will need:
Depending upon the age bracket of the class, some additional items may be required. Examples include:
For the best back-to-school tech to get you ready for the classroom, check out some of these excellent deals in this article detailing the best tech deals available for 2022. In addition to the school supplies, there are also a few other things you may want to have on hand to make the transition back to school a little easier. These include:
If you're unsure about what supplies you need, talk to your teacher or another student who has already been through the grade that you're going into. They'll be able to give you some helpful advice.
(Students + Teachers)
The first day of school can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. To help you feel more prepared, we've put together some tips on what to do the night before and the morning of the first day.
Here are some things to do the night before the first day of school:
And here are some things to do on the morning of the first day:
By following these tips, you'll be sure to have a successful first day back at school.
Once the school year is underway, it's important to make the most of your time in the classroom. These tips will help you be a successful student and get good grades.
When you're meeting your students for the first time, it's important to make a good impression. We don't need to tell you the difference in grades between students that enjoy certain classes compared to those who don't. Here are some things you can say on the first day of school to set the tone for the year:
By saying something positive and upbeat, you'll put your students at ease and let them know that you're looking forward to teaching them. This will set the tone for a great year of learning.
Back-to-school time can be just as stressful for parents as it is for kids. If you're feeling anxious about your child starting or returning to school, here are some tips to help you mentally prepare:
As a student, meeting your new teachers for the first time can be a traumatic experience, normally for no comprehensible reason except anxiety. Teachers aren't really that scary. If teachers could give you some advice prior to arriving in their classroom at the start of a new term. The advice would generally be as follows:
No teacher expects you to have already learnt everything in the curriculum already, so try not to freak out if you don't know some of the concepts they mention in the early weeks. Especially if you have never covered them before.
Everyone has their own distinct learning style and it can be hard for teachers to cater for everybody. Because of this, it is worth having a discussion with your teacher to determine which way you work best so lessons can be altered and tailored specifically for you in certain aspects. You can learn more about learning styles from one of our previous blogs here.
Support systems are a critical aid when it comes to maximising learning. There is a reason why you can't go into surgery without an adequate support system and the same is true for education. So going to after-school clubs and taking part in sports is pivotal to helping you develop.
If you are struggling with something, just say. You'll kick yourself if you don't and the teacher will be more receptive to you asking before an exam than complaining afterwards. Trust me.
Admittedly, this is a bit wishy-washy, but it's true. You can meticulously plan everything for the nth term (check out our free maths lessons if you haven't already) and still be taken aback by something unexpected at school.
Each day is unique and some will be better than others. Trying to maintain a level attitude is key to maximising learning. Not getting too down on your bad days or too high on the good days is the best way to approach a level of contentedness at school which will improve your confidence.
Treat teachers kindly please, they have feelings just like you. Also, they know exactly how you might be feeling as they've been in the exact position as you at some point in time.
If you are struggling, ensure that you talk to someone. Whether you feel like your mental health is suffering or you just cant grasp a topic there is always someone to talk to.
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