Now that the summer holidays have ended and students are back to school there will be mixed feelings. The extra freedom of the holidays has vanished for another little while, but all the activities you take part in with your school friends start up again. A big question for students and parents is what can I do to make the most of my time at school for the coming year? While the question may be particularly pertinent for students in exam years, it applies to all.
There will be lots of advise from lots of different people. Much of it good advise and some maybe a bit questionable. You could feel overwhelmed with it all if you do not keep it in perspective. You have lots of subjects to study, but not everyone is actually taught how to learn most effectively. So brushing up on effective study skills would be a great help.
But this question; what can I do to make the most of my time at school for the coming year?, can be applied to any aspect of your life, not just academic studies. A broader question is what can I do to make the most of the time I have in my life? In fact there is a lot you can do.
I would suggest that the first skills to master for studying effectively are the same skills to be mastered to be successful in any aspect of your life. What are they? – Effective Time Management skills. The number one set of life skills that most people do not learn to master are basic time management skills. Time management is effectively management of your self so that you figure out what is important to you. It involves doing the right things at the right time, in the right way to achieve the goals that you have chosen for yourself. It does not need to be complicated, but it does require a little thought and effort. And a little coaching from someone with experience can make a great difference to how quickly and easily you develop the skill set.
Galway Maths Grinds has produced an online Time Management course that goes live at the end of September. Students will be able to follow the course at the own pace, and by doing the simple assignments in the course workbook end up on completion with their own personalised time management system that they can apply to any aspect of their lives.