It’s when the bell rings that the students know it’s time. It’s when the bell rings that they begin to cheer and wave goodbye. It’s when the bell rings that you know it’s time to relax, unwind and celebrate…One thing, when their bell rings does that mean your bell rings?
What am I talking about? Well, I’m talking about holidays. Most students, as soon as the school bell rings on that Friday afternoon, want nothing more to do with school and work. Most take a break from homework, after school activities, and often tutoring. However, just because they have holidays and a break from it all, does that mean you do the same?
Well, in short, yes, of course, if you’ve got the same uni breaks, however, I want to teach you a secret. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to relax and unwind too, but I’ve got an even better method on how to do this.
Most tutors, as soon as the kids close their books, so do they. Little do they know that the holidays is a great time to plan ahead for the next term. Doing so, will not only enable you to remain organised and productive, but it will ensure that you are ready and prepared for the term that is coming up. You see, it will ultimately clear time for you in the long run. It will make you more efficient, effective and prepared.
In those busy times when you claim to have no time because you’re studying for exams or have other commitments to accomplish, this is where planning ahead goes a long way. Therefore, using holiday time to catch up on planning and organising future lessons will consequently clear up more free time for you in those busy times.
So the question is, how do we plan ahead?
I like to think of it like this:
P – Prepare material and stimulus for the students. This may be collecting resources, activity sheets and other material to keep in a folder.
L – Learn to collect a folder and display book to hold all your materials. This will ensure that all resources are organised in a specific space, and will not get lost or mixed with other activities.
A – Articulate your plans in a diary. This will ensure all activities you have prepared are listed in a specific sequence, providing clarity and organisation when looking back to them in future weeks.
N – Note all areas that the students struggled with previously, and physically write up short methods on how to combat these issues in the upcoming weeks.
This simple approach will not only help you to remember how to plan ahead, but it will ensure that you remain an organised and efficient for future. Remember, enjoy your holidays, take time to relax, but when that school bell rings don’t close your books, so to speak. Take that free and extra time you have (while you have it) to plan and prepare for future lessons. Believe me, I’ve done this, and boy it has helped me, especially during the weeks I had university exams. Remember that above all, sacrificing a little bit of free time will ultimately clear more time for you in the long run!