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Parents Archives - Step Up To Secondary School

Setting Goals

Why Set Goals? Setting goals for yourself is a great way to achieve what you want.  These can be big, long-term goals like what you’d like for your future or smaller short-term goals like completing a project at school or to finish a book you are struggling with. Setting goals gives you the long-term plan […]

Colour Code Your Timetable

It can be helpful to colour-code your timetable by subject. This can make it easier to see when your classes fall during the week.  Take this timetable:   It can be a lot clearer when you fill in your subjects using different colours:   Now we can see what we have:   That makes a […]

Timetable Examples

This is an example of a typical school timetable:   It might look a bit confusing at first but this is how you’d read it: On Monday at 09.00: First years in Form 3 have History in Prefab One with teacher Linda Stephens   On Monday at 09.40: First years in Form 3 have Maths […]

Don’t Put Things Off Until Later

Don’t keep putting stuff off. If you do, you’ll soon run out of time to get everything done. By planning your work into manageable chunks and sticking to the plan, you’ll find yourself more on top of things – this will help you feel much more relaxed about your workload.

Know Your Limits

If you find your to-do list is getting too long, it may be that you have too much on. It can be easy to get involved in more activities than you can manage, especially if your friends want you to join them. Remember, it’s okay to say “no.” Knowing your limits and sticking to them […]

Bring Work With You

If you have a test to revise for or a project to get done, bring along some work wherever you go. You can use some free time at lunch to study, or read a book while on the bus. Instead of reaching for your phone to check messages, use your time wisely and catch up […]

Make To-Do List

To-do lists are great. Make a list each day of what you need to get done, starting with the most important things. As the day progresses you can tick the items off your list as you get them done – this can be really satisfying! If you don’t complete every item on your list, don’t […]

Use a diary or a calendar

Use your school journal diary or a calendar app on your phone to help you stay organised. Be sure to include your homework, any project work, tests, activities and hobbies. This will give you a clearer picture of the time you have to do your work. It may help to have a weekly calendar in […]

Tips for Good Communication

Listening Everyone thinks that they’re a good listener, but that’s not always true. Good listening takes concentration, and the good news is that it’s a skill you can master. Teachers will expect you to be paying attention. Concentrate on what’s being communicated and make eye contact with people when in conversation – this will also […]

How To Use Your Locker

This is a short video that shows a student using her locker at school in the United States. In Ireland our lockers are similar, but they don’t all have combination locks like this one. Check with your school to find out what sort of lock you’ll need.