Back to school: getting in gear after the Christmas slump

The Christmas holidays are nearly over and that means one (dreaded) thing: it’s almost time to go back to school. Getting back into a routine after weeks off can be difficult – we’re here to get you organised. 

Get organised

Going back to school is probably the last thing you want to do right now. Like you, we would rather be curled up in bed watching Netflix and eating our way through our Christmas chocolate.

Unfortunately, we can’t stay on holiday forever.

The first thing you need to do is get organised. There’s nothing worse than turning up on your first day back and realising you don’t even have a pen in your bag.

Check you have the study essentials like pens, notepads, study cards and highlighters or stock up over the weekend.

Count sheep

Getting a good night’s sleep means you will be ready to get up in the morning, focus in class and fit in some good quality studying.

The easiest way to make sure you get the best sleep possible is to get into a routine. Going to bed at the same time every night and getting up at the same time each morning will get your body into a schedule and allow for more deep sleep to occur.

It only takes 21 days to form a habit, you could be a sleep pro by the end of January.

Fill in your diary

Writing down important dates before you’re back in the classroom can make your workload feel less overwhelming.

Get your 2019 diary out and add in things like prelims, exams, UCAS deadlines and most importantly: holidays. Noting down important deadlines will help you make study plans, keep on top of your workload and give you things to look forward to.

Setting reminders on your phone about UCAS deadlines and exams is a great way to make sure you are prepared in advance without the need for a paper diary.


The most important thing to do before you go back to school is relax. The lead up to exams and leaving high school can be stressful and involves a lot of hard work. This is the perfect opportunity to have some you time before the pressures of school and studying return.

Spend time with friends, have a pamper night and get organised – before you know it you’ll be ready for class.

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