It’s that time of year again! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been at school or college but I remember the ‘end of the Summer holidays’ feeling well. As someone who really rather enjoyed school, it was a mix between looking forward to what the next year had to offer. seeing my friends and getting back into that strict routine, slight apprehension of going back to new, harder classes and knowing that play-time was over and it was time to get my head down and get back to work. And if you’re approaching the end of school (or going into sixth form or college) chances are, you’ll also have exams coming up (which will come up quicker than you expect – trust me!) so that’s something else to add on to our growing plates of things to handle.

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Like I said, I loved school (I’d honestly go back in a heartbeat), I loved the routine, I loved learning things, I loved going on trips, making memories with my friends, after-school clubs, the sense of community. I even loved doing homework. But just because I’m a real-life Hermione Granger, certainly doesn’t mean everyone is and school can be extremely stressful for a lot of people for a multitude of reasons.

From the pressure of fitting in, to arguments within friendship groups (which are pretty common in school), to deadlines and needing certain grades, these are just a handful of things that can cause stress when approaching a new school year. So I wanted to take a trip down memory lane and talk about different ways you can help yourself stay stress free this school year!

Use your planner

Your planner is there for a reason, use it! I used to adore getting a brand new planner at the beginning of every year, it was one of my favourite things about the start of the school year. This is a new opportunity for you to stay organised, so use the days in your planner the most you can because being organised takes away so much stress.

Revision / exams / homework

Obviously the most (or one of the most) important parts of school, keeping on top of revision, exams and homework is pretty crucial to your school life, especially if you’re coming up to important exams. Not leaving homework until the last minute is obviously a pretty obvious way to ensure you’re not stressed and frantically trying to do 5 different things in one evening.

Essays can definitely be difficult for a lot of people and certainly overwhelming when you’re faced with a question and a blank piece of paper. Remember that you can always edit a rough draft but you can’t edit a blank sheet of paper, so I always found just getting something down was a good place to start because you can work around it. But remember the structure of a good essay (introduction, body, conclusion), to add your quotes and sources as well as providing a balanced argument (if applicable) and finally, proofread!

With revision, different things work for different people and it’s important to remember that. I find re-writing things really helpful and also colour coding things as well as making my revision pages visually pleasing to look at. Keeping your revision for different subjects separately in folders can also be helpful and efficient to avoid the stress of losing that piece of revision you’re looking for.

And exams, phew. I thought we’d never get there. Exam time is stressful, there’s no two ways about it. Again, people deal with it in different ways and personally, I always remembered that all I can do is my best and I went into each and every exam with that mindset. But I know it’s not that easy for everyone. Other ways you can try and remain as stress free as possible when it comes to exams is:

  • Getting a good night’s sleep
  • Eating a good breakfast the morning of the exam
  • Getting outside / doing some exercise to give your mind a break
  • Get organised the night before

Ask for help / speak up

Keeping everything in when you’re struggling or stressed out at school is never, ever the right way to go. The teachers want you to succeed so if you’re feeling particularly stressed about something or something isn’t quite working for you, speak up and tell them. There may be additional help for you, they may offer you some extra time or even just a chat to get everything off of your chest might help ease the burden.

What else do you do to stay stress free at school or college? Either at the start of a new year or during important exam times?


  1. Great advice! It is hard to get back into the swing of things once school starts back up again, so on my page, I have three essential tips to stay organized in school and minimize stress! I would love if you checked it out! ♡

  2. it has been a very long time since ive been at school, i hated every second of it and im so glad to be out but my children will be heading back soon and they’re so excited about seeing their friends again.

  3. As a teacher I’m feeling the ‘end of holiday blues’ coming on thick and fast! I’ve just recently decided to start doing a bullet journal and therefore my planner is going to be over-used this year as I try to stay organised!

    I cannot agree with you more on the don’t-leave-homework-to-the-last-minute front and the advice you gave about revision – it is never too early to start revising!

    Thank you for your post! xx

  4. I miss school too, I loved getting my new planner and stationary ready for the new year! This was a great post with some fab tips! ❤

    Stephanie ❤

  5. Aw yes, I always loved getting a brand new planner every year, I preferred the planning to the actual work 😂. I’m so glad I don’t have any more exams to sit, I had 6 during my degree and I remember it was pretty stressful! Yay for colourful revision notes though. These are great tips Jenny, thanks for sharing 💖 xx

    Bexa |

  6. great post!! i actually have a post coming next week where i’ll be launching printable planning sheets to help people stay organized! I miss my college days so much, the beginning of the school year was always so much fun for me because i loved buying all new supplies. nothing more satisfying then a new pack of highlighters if you ask me. lol xxx

    mich //

  7. Great post. I’ll definitely used your advice when I start back at university soon! I love using planners. I’ve been bullet journaling and it’s so much fun; it gets me creative and organised!

  8. I was honestly useless at high school haha! I did love going back to school after the summer though, all those fresh new notebooks and stationery to use! Dreamy. I was rubbish with doing my homework and revising though, so I did stress out about school a lot!
    Beth x

  9. Classes just started back up yesterday for me, so this post is perfect! I’ve started bullet journaling, and so I’m planning on using my bullet journal as my planner. I think it’ll be just the thing I need to continue to stay on top of my schoolwork, as well as blogging! 🙂

  10. When my children were in school I taught them to ask questions when they did not understand something because if they didn’t understand it was likely others did not understand as well.

  11. I was such a procrastinator in high school, I wish this post was around to remind me to stay on focus at the time but it is still useful tips for me for going back to uni soon.

    Rebecca Elaine x

  12. I miss school so much, this post is so nostalgic! Your point about using a planner is so important, I know I’m the most forgetful person in the world so if I didn’t have that little book telling me what to do I wouldn’t have a clue what was going on. I’m sure these tips will be very helpful.

    Megan //

  13. I completely agree with you, I love going back to school and for whatever reason I adore doing homework and revision, it makes me feel so put together 😂😂 these are great tips, especially for people that need motivation for back to school or who are easily stressed out by it all ❤️❤️

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