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Back to school: Advice for students

August 25, 2017

Teachers up and down the country are welcoming new students into their classrooms for the start of term. What advice do they have for their new recruits? Read their back to school advice and thoughts in this blog post…

Back to school diary and apple


Get organised

Do you know what lessons you have tomorrow? Do you need to take your P.E. kit or homework? Pack everything you need the night before so that you’re not in a rush in the morning.

Stock up on stationery

Pick out some new stationery to use when you go back in September. Victoria Cooke, an English teacher at the Bicester School suggests: “Get some highlighters instead of felt-tips for your pencil case. You can pick out relevant and interesting information by highlighting keywords.”

Get to know your teacher

Your teacher will be spending time getting to know you, so do the same. Find out what their favourite film is, what their greatest achievements are or if they have any pets. If you have a good relationship with your teacher then you are more likely to ask them for help when you need it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – if you don’t understand something, just as!

Laura Gater, an English teacher at Desborough College says: “I would say to students who are starting new courses and meeting new teachers to ask questions, as they are less and less likely to if they don’t check their understanding of ideas early on.”

Get technology to lend a hand

Writing things down on paper can often help to commit them to memory, but if you enjoy technology try to use it alongside traditional methods to help you learn.

Get ahead of the game and download some apps that will help. Pirate Phonics is great for those just starting school and 10Monkeys Times Tables will help commit tables to memory. Victoria Cooke recommends Gojimo, Quizlet and Kahoot to help with learning and revision.

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