My school day is pretty tame for the people who go to my college: I get up at half seven every morning, leave the house just before eight, and I don’t get back home again until nearly five in the afternoon. That’s a nine hour day, which is longer than the average working day and it’s about the amount of time people should (but probably don’t) spend asleep every night. I know people who get up at closer to half six every day and take longer than me to get home, too. That’s pretty draining for people who are meant to spend the time between travelling learning.
My biggest tip is one that can be hard for a lot of people: get enough sleep. It’s a simple but very challenging thing for a lot of people and requires a lot of dedication to get it right, but give it a shot. It’s very funny to say that you’re running on five hours of sleep, every day, but it’s not good for your body. It’s pretty impossible if you’re struggling with anxiety or insomnia, but just an extra hour or half hour can make a lot of difference. Eight and a half hours before you wake up, you should put your phone away and close your eyes. Even if you don’t get to sleep for another hour, or even two hours, it gives your brain a rest from sensory input, helping you feel better rested when you wake up.
Another tip would be to make sure you eat something in the morning, even if it’s en route to your first lesson. It helps give you an energy boost and gives you a better chance of making sense of your earlier lessons! Even if this thing is a cereal bar or a glass of fruit juice, it all helps (but definitely doesn’t guarantee that you won’t be a zombie in the mornings).
In terms of using all the extra time you have travelling: it can be hard if you have a lot of changes or walking, especially in the morning, but try and do something other than sitting on your phone, as it’ll help wake up your brain for the morning. I usually talk to my friends on the train, but if they’re not there I’ll read a book to attempt to wake myself up a little more.
As the day goes on, you’ll probably be super tired. Always remember to eat properly while you’re at school, or at least eat something of substance once during the school day. It helps keep your energy up for your long day. And make sure you take a break when you get home; my college day is arranged in such a way that I don’t have to do much homework actually at home, but when you get home after a long day you should definitely take a bit of a break before doing any remaining work or revision for that day.
I guess the big point of this is: look after yourself! School days can be long and hard, and just because it’s normal for people doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take time to look out for your health too.