How time flies… it’s that time of year again! *hands you a stack of flashcards*
The transition from year 6 to year 7 is a big one. It’s a leap from being considered a child to being a young teen. You’re becoming more independent, and you will be expected to take more responsibility for yourself. The questions are, how will you cope? How can you make this year fun and prepare you best for the future?
To be a successful student, you need to manage your time well and learn from previous years and use that knowledge to your advantage.
Here’s our take on advice for Year 7 students that we wish someone had told us when we started year 7.
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You’ve survived years 1 through 6; how hard can year 7 be?
In year 7, you’ll start to be more independent. You’ll have to do a lot more work on your own. This might seem scary at first, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be fine.
According to MWNS, one of the best ways to prepare for a new school year is to create a SMART goal.
Confidence is vital, and one of the best ways to come to school confident is to come prepared. By this, we mean that you should come to school with all the materials you need and the right attitude. If you are prepared, you’ll be able to get into a routine, and you won’t fall behind, which is crucial for your success.
Prepare for your first day by making a list. We’ve created a sample one for you below:
Do You Know:
- Where are your classes?
- Who are your teachers?
- What materials do you need? (Pencils, paper, notebooks, backpack, etc.)
- What books will you need to bring?
- Are you bringing lunch?
- Do you have a uniform?
- Do you have gym clothes?
Create A Morning Routine
We hope that you are already running a morning routine. If you are not, this is the time to start. It’s not hard! It makes life so much easier.
Your morning routine will help you get ready for school and allow you to start your day on the right foot. You will be more productive and less stressed if your day starts well! It’s not just a cliché; it’s true. So to be prepared, make sure you have the time in your morning to get ready for school.
Reminder: Make sure that you know exactly how you are getting to school each day.
As you get older, you’ll find that it is not a case of just getting up and going anymore. Now, you’re expected to know what time you need to leave the house, have a good breakfast, and manage your time well so that you can avoid being late. Often, if you are late, you will feel stressed, which makes it harder to learn.
Need some tips? Here is a short list of what you can do to make sure your morning goes smoothly:
- Practice good personal hygiene by showering and brushing your teeth.
- Jumpstart your brain by eating a healthy breakfast.
- Save time finding your clothes by setting them out the night before.
- Get all your school supplies in your bag before bed, so you don’t have to scout for them in the morning.
- Have your school lunch made the night before, if you’re bringing one.
Be Ready to Learn
There is more school work and homework in year 7 than in year 6. This means that you’ll be expected to learn more in the classroom and complete more homework. But don’t worry, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the work is going to be complicated. In fact, the more that you study, the easier the work is. School is much easier when you’re staying on top of your assignments.
Try to set aside some time for studying every day. This is in addition to completing homework. You want to study when you’re fresh and alert, so try not to study at bedtime. Instead, learn during the morning, afternoon, and evening.
Homework can be draining, but it can also be an opportunity for you to get ahead. Spend some time each day completing your homework, and you’ll be well on your way to success.
- Find a space to go to each time you study, and make it your own. If you have your own room, create a cosy homework corner, or if you like to be outside, sit out in the backyard!
- Do your homework at the same time every day to help you get in the right mindset and create the best habits.
- Have all your materials with you when you sit down, and avoid distractions.
- Turn off your phone and close Netflix.
- Reward yourself when you complete your homework for the day. Go for a walk, have a snack or a cup of tea, or do something else that you enjoy — whatever works for you!
- Do your homework regularly, and you’ll find that it gets easier!
Remember, if you do your homework right after you get home, you’ll have the entire rest of your day to do whatever it is you want to do.
Enjoy Life, and Take Care of Yourself
Going into year 7 will not be smooth sailing; there might be bumps in the road. It’s essential to have healthy expectations for yourself to minimize stress and anxiety. That’s why we promote self-care. It’s critical to have a regular schedule and time for yourself to do things you enjoy. When you’re not busy, you’ll have more energy and be more productive.
Taking care of yourself is a long-term investment. Eat foods that leave you feeling healthy, sleep 8 hours a night, and keep following your own interests. Self-care is doing whatever it is that makes you feel good.
The most important part is having fun along the way. Year 7 is a great time to take new chances and explore new hobbies. You’ll make new friends, have great teachers, and get excellent scores on your NAPLAN exams. For more information on the year 7 NAPLAN exams, visit MWNS.