18 Tips For Going Back To School: Study Tips, Stationery Essentials and Life Hacks

Surviving school is a struggle, and it can seem very stressful and overwhelming at times. Exams, early get ups, lessons all day… It can seem tiring and difficult, but there are plenty of ways you can have more fun at school and become less stressed, as well as revise more efficiently and get great exam results. This post combines all my knowledge from many years at school! Enjoy 🙂

Organisation Tips

#1: Always pack your bag before you go to bed! This prevents a mad rush in the morning and also means you can nab an extra five minutes in bed, and a non-stressful morning.

#2: When buying stationery, buy two of things that you will definitely need; protractors, compasses, highlighters and rulers are some examples of this! I’m always misplacing protractors and I think I go through four or five a year, so having one spare is always very useful.

#3: Print out and photocopy your timetable as soon as you receive it. I have three copies of mine, one taped to my desk at home, one in my planner and one in my bag, so whenever I need it, there’s at least one copy.

#4: Colour code lessons on your timetable so you know which ones you require special equipment for; for example, highlight lessons such as PE, food tech or any subjects that you might need a textbook for – when packing your bag, you’ll know what you need.

#5: Tie sets of flashcards (try to organise them in subjects or topics) with elastic bands so you keep them together, and remember to keep them all in one place so revision becomes easier!

#6: If you’re a forgetful person and there’s something particularly important you must remember, write it on a sticky note and place this inside your shoe. Be instantly reminded and never forget a thing again!

Study Tips

#7: Colour code your notes, especially for languages. This allows your brain to make connections between certain vocabulary and colours, enabling you to remember details and pronouns much easier. I do this in Spanish and it helps me remember how to form conjugations of different tenses, and it makes a big difference!

#8: Rather than cramming the night before a test, learn in smaller 15-30 minute slots; do this twice or three times and you’ll know the material much better! You can then remember what you were revising for much longer, and you won’t be stressed on the night before.

#9: Highlight key dates, important notes and titles in your notes. Your eyes automatically fall upon the highlighted sections, so even without knowing it you can become more familiar with them. I do this in all of my subjects, and each of my folders and books has the important notes highlighted! It also can help you section your study notes and divide different topics, plus it looks very aesthetic.

#10: Reread class notes that you don’t completely understand the evening after you have the class – this consolidates the information in your brain and the extra focus on that subject should allow you to understand it more; I do this for chemistry and physics and find although it’s sometimes difficult, it does help me revise more efficiently and learn more.

#11: Drink water when studying; it helps your brain function faster and keeps you hydrated, avoiding headaches. It will also allow you to concentrate for longer and stay healthy.

#12: Take breaks between study periods, preferably every 30-45 minutes. Take two 10 minute breaks and then a longer break, with periods of studying for separate subjects in between. This will keep you on track and motivated, as well as giving your body a break to relax every so often.

#13: Record yourself talking about the topic, or if it’s for languages, simply talking in that language. Listen to it a few times a day to really understand the subject!

Below are some photos of flashcards that I frequently use to revise (note the colour coding!)


Stationery Tips

#14: Make sure to have a planner or diary that you can track any deadlines or important dates in! I need to have a planner as it helps me stay on top of any work and also remember any certain things I might need on particular days. You can also personalise your planner and highlight it to add a personal touch.

#15: Keep important notes or tests in plastic wallets to prevent any damage – if you use folders, clip in a wallet and put the document in there (this is so useful if your water bottle ever leaks) and prevent ever losing it.

#16: Use flashcards of different colours for different subjects or topics so you don’t confuse them! You can also do this for folders, notebooks and exercise books; if you have one colour for each subject, you will never bring the wrong book again!

#17: Before buying a bag, check that things like exercise books and folders will fit; there’s nothing worse than buying a bag that won’t fit what you need in! Most backpacks do, but even if you order your supplies online, they will still have a measurement – double check it’s big enough.

#18: Highlighters are honestly key for reading through long textbooks or annotating passages of writing. Buy a few different colours so you can colour code your notes and easily find important parts of the text!


And that is all! I hope you take something from this super list of useful tips for school, and if you have any more please comment them!


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