The holiday season is a well deserved break for students after a busy four months of school. While the season is a wonderful time to relax and celebrate with family and friends, it is also a good time to begin to prepare for the new year. It is also easy for students to develop a fresh routine during the holiday break, making it difficult to transition back to school in the new year.
Fortunately our team of tutors at Teachers on Call, have prepared these 5 tips to stay focused over the holiday break:
1) Make a plan to complete homework and / or holiday assignments: Some teachers may assign homework over the break, particularly with English reading and writing assignments. In order to ensure any homework or assignments are successful, it is best to always to work on them in advance and plan ahead.
2) Keep a regular schedule: The holiday season can change the cycle of going to bed late, resulting in waking up at unreasonable times. The sudden transition to wake up at 7AM for school can be challenging for any student. If the sleep schedule does change, try getting it back on track several days before school resumes.
3) Enrichment opportunities: With the downtime during the holiday break, review any areas to improve on or concepts you might have had trouble with. Even if it is a couple of hours of learning new concepts with online math or science apps, it is a great way to get extra practice. Embracing holiday themes is another way to encourage students to stay engaged. For example, making winter arts and crafts or learning about the science of snowflakes is a great way to tie learning into the holiday break.
4) Use family and friends as a resource: You will probably be around many friends and family that are experts in math, science, English and French. They might be able to help with any areas of focus.