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Education

Hate going back to school after the summer holiday? You are not alone

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 September, 2018, 6:03pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 September, 2018, 6:03pm

The end of the summer holiday marks the beginning of the school term, and early September is when children feel most reluctant to go to school. The long, fun-filled summer comes to an abrupt end, to be replaced by a school year filled with numerous uncertainties: new classmates, teachers and subject requirements.

The dread of returning to school may make pupils lose their appetite, toss and turn at night and become prone to tantrums at home. This stomach-churning experience is all too familiar to young people.

Admitting the reluctance to assume the role of a pupil again is a key step towards rekindling one’s interest in the classroom, as many of one’s peers must feel the same way. Academic pressure and other uncertainties make for a heavy burden, so escapism is just a normal coping mechanism. Not surprisingly, some teachers, too, get the jitters about returning to work after the summer break. Pupils should realise that they are not alone fearing a return to class.

Allowing time to get back to one’s school-day routine can help. Instead of forcing themselves to go to bed early in the first week of September, students should gradually ease back into a sleep pattern that would boost their daytime energy levels to cope with school work. Initially, pupils may experience a sense of lethargy as they adapt to the change. But they should not berate themselves for feeling less than 100 per cent during the transition period. They are not alone.

Jason Tang, Tin Shui Wai