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Back to school: Staying stress free *

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. But if you do find yourself a bit behind, especially with essay based homework, which can often take the longest, there are plenty of resources you can use to help such as templates and professional essay writing help.

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?

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  1. Boxnip says:

    Really great tips and advice for students! So glad I am way past school lol x

  2. Staying organised definitely helps x


  3. You’ve got some great tips here Jenny, thanks for sharing x

  4. Clem Loves says:

    I think the thing I miss most about school, is spending lunchtime with friends and meeting up after lessons and after school. 😀
    These are some really great tips.
    Clem xx

    1. Awh yeah I used to love lunchtimes, always so much gossip. Teenage girls really can talk for England xxx

  5. I hated school but oh what I’d give to have summer holidays back. Work is just the worst. These are great tips!

    Vicki | http://www.missviclb.co.uk

    1. Haha Summer holidays were the best weren’t they?! xxx

  6. planners are everything during back to school season!

    1. Definitely! Planners are everything anyway 😂😂

      1. Absolutely agreed!!!

  7. Sarah Sullivan says:

    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.

    1. Awh bless them xxx

  8. I loved getting a new planner too, oh my gosh it was like Christmas for me!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. Haha right! I loved the newness of it! xxx

  9. Reblogged this on Khloe Harrison and commented:
    this is super helpful i recommend reading 🙂

    1. Thank you for reblogging 🙂

  10. 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

    1. Oh gosh I can’t imagine how this time of year feels for teachers!! xxx

      1. Lol!! Mixed feelings at the moment… Butterflies for what my new classes are like and on the other hand – I wish I could stay at home and blog all day long!! xxx

  11. jazziepickles says:

    Hated school while I was there but I do kinda miss it. Great tips girly XX

    1. Thank you xx

  12. Stephanie Jay says:

    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 ❤ https://iamstephaniejay.co.uk/

    1. Thank you 🙂 xxx

  13. 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 | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. I remember GCSE exams and there was LOADS. My history one was like 3 hours long 😂😂 xxx

  14. 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 // simplymich.com

    1. I bet they’ll be really helpful for people who want to stay organised at school! xxx

  15. 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!

    1. I wish I was more creative with my journals! I just don’t have the patience!

  16. 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

    1. Oh no! You needed me as a classmate to keep you organised 😉 xxx

  17. 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! 🙂

    1. Best of luck! I hope that really works for you 🙂 xxx

  18. My planner was essential in school, and I still use a planner. Staying organized is a learned skill, and my education really helped to cement that idea.

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty
    Instagram | Follow Me

    1. That’s great. I’m such an organised person so would always recommend planners xxx

  19. I always used to love getting a new planner! It was like a fresh start every time. I totally agree about speaking out, I wish I’d done that more at school when I was feeling stressed or down rather than keeping it all in xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    1. New planners are the epitome of a new, fresh start! 🙂 xxx

  20. 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.

    1. That’s very true and a very sensible thing to teach them!

  21. Rebecca Elaine (@rebeccaxelaine) says:

    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

    1. Awh no! Well you managed to get through it anyway so that’s the main thing 🙂 xxx

  22. I’m so glad I finished school a very long time ago and don’t have children to worry about school! Xx

    1. I would love to go back to school myself but I bet having kids at school is so stressful for parents xxx

  23. 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 // https://pixieskiesblog.wordpress.com

    1. Planners are an absolute godsend and so many people don’t use them properly! xxx

  24. 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 ❤️❤️

    1. Thank you 🙂 homework and a routine made me feel so grown up! xxx

  25. I’m very, very happy I’m out of my school days 🙂

    1. Haha I’m the opposite!

      1. I’d go back to university in a heartbeat but never school.

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