Hello September! School is back again, so here are a few tips to get you started for the school year. Whether you are starting secondary school for the first time, entering Transition Year, or preparing for your Leaving Cert, everyone is returning to school in a way none of us has expected. Covid-19 has turned our world upside-down and as many of you make your return to the school halls, you are learning to adapt – while you learn!

Get Prepared

Make sure you know your class schedule ahead of time and have your books and supplies prepared for each class. Starting a new school year is very hectic and you will thank yourself for some preparation ahead of time. Try writing lists to keep on top of your tasks and reward yourself when you complete one. Organisation is key when in secondary school – don’t allow yourself to get swamped under homework and assignments. Try bullet journals, sticky notes, or your school journal as one place to keep to-do lists, you’ll thank yourself later!

Take a Breath

Anxiety is perfectly normal when entering into unfamiliar and uncertain situations. Especially under current circumstances, it’s not unusual to feel a bit lost. When you start to feel overwhelmed, the easiest thing to do is to take a deep breath. Try researching coping techniques (like the 5-4-3-2-1 technique) that work for you and practice them where you can.

Get Involved

Make your best effort to get involved with school activities; clubs, music, sport – whatever you like! Try to make the most of your time in secondary school by encouraging yourself to participate as much as you can. Not only is it a great way to meet new friends, but keeping busy is a great way to stay motivated if things get tough. School events and conferences will be changing this year, but have a look at ways you can still get involved. We were at the #ThinkLanguages event last year, and for 2020 they are adapting their conference in light of Covid-19. Maybe we’ll see you there!

Hold the Hug

After lockdown, returning to school is certainly bittersweet. Seeing friends again is incredibly exciting, but we need to remain wary and continue to socially distance where possible. Sanitise your hands, wear your mask as much as you can, and continue to elbow bump until we can hug again.

Stuck for stuff to do? Study Abroad for Transition Year

Transition Year is usually full of chances to study overseas, but this year many people feel that has to change – but this isn’t the case! Studying abroad is one of the fastest ways to boost your fluency and confidence in language ahead of your Leaving Cert. With the impact of Covid-19 and government travel restrictions, many students lost the opportunity to go to France, Spain or Germany with us this summer. Following the lifting of restrictions in our partner countries, we have reopened our Academic Year programmes for this year. If you are looking for transition year ideas, why not study abroad for your Transition Year?

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Why not take the leap and study abroad during your TY year?

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