Back to school means new teachers, friends, football games, and most importantly, homework. 

While many students look forward to the start of a new school year, many others may suffer anxiety or dread the return back to class.  If students feel well prepared for the new school year, their in-class performance and grades will reflect that confidence. 

Back to school time can be a very stressful period for many students because they may have suffered summer “brain drain” and feel inferior to their fellow pupils.

back to schoolOur goal is to help students feel comfortable during the transition into a new school year and feel confident about the school work they produce. 

The professional tutors from the local Tutor Doctor in the greater Woodstock, IL area are available year-round. Tutor Doctor’s network of professional tutors can work with students during their summer break to help give them a head start prior to the upcoming school year. 

Tutoring is a great option for children who feel that they may fall behind early on in the school year or who also may be looking to get ahead. 

One of the best ways for students to succeed in the transition back to school is by implementing these simple tips.  

  • New School? No Problem – Make sure your children are familiar with their new learning environment.  Most schools usually offer tours for first-time students; if not, call your school and see if you can set-up a time for a tour.  Once your child is familiar with his/her new school, it will help minimize the first day jitters.
  • Get Sleep Schedule in Sync – After a summer of late nights, it could be difficult for your child to wake early and be alert in the classroom. Therefore, a couple of weeks before school starts, begin asking your child to get to bed earlier. Have him or her wake earlier, as well.
  • Organization – Help your child keep her school items organized.  Organizational habits can significantly reduce anxiety over lost assignments and missing items.  It may help to keep a large wall calendar with all important school dates, assignments, birthdays and extra-curricular activities. 
  • Find Out Why – If your child complains about returning to school, find out why he or she doesn’t want to go back. There is a big difference between not wanting a fun summer to end and being afraid of a school bully, for example. Only after you learn what he or she is afraid of can you adequately address it.
  • Develop good study habits – Ensure that your child has a set time each evening for homework and that their workspace is quiet and free from interruptions. Also note if your student has difficulty with a certain subject area and offer to help them.
  • Tackle the morning the night before – Have your children set out their clothes the night before each school day. Prepare or have them prepare their lunch the night before each school day, as well. This will decrease morning stress.
  • Journaling – Encourage your child to keep a daily journal.  This will help establish a regular writing routine, while also helping your child release any anxiety or worries they may be experiencing. 
  • Homework Helper – Have your child tackle the hardest (and most disliked) assignment first.  Getting that one done will make your student really accomplished something and her or she will sail through the remaining work. 

Hopefully students feel confident heading back to class.

If they are feeling the slightest bit anxious, these tips should really help get them organized and help them feel more comfortable during the transition into the new school year. 


Tutor Doctor was founded in 1999 as an alternative to the “one-to-many” teaching model most extra-curricular learning centers offer by providing a personalized one-on-one, in-home tutoring service to students.  The company quickly grew and in 2003 turned to franchising as a way of expanding the company’s impact and meeting the vast market demand.  Now with offices internationally in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, the Tutor Doctor vision is becoming a reality as the lives of students and their families are being positively impacted throughout the world.  Tutor Doctor is affiliated with the National Tutor Association (NTA) whose mission is to foster the advancement of professional and peer tutoring, support research into best practices and standards for all tutors, support tutor training, advocate for tutor certification, and uphold the NTA Code of Ethics.  

Mike Wirth owns Tutor Doctor, at home tutoring franchise in the greater Woodstock, IL area. His Tutor Doctor serves Woodstock, Crystal Lake, McHenry, Lake in the Hills and Huntley. Wirth holds a master’s degree and teaching certificate in elementary education. For more information, please visit www.hometutorwoodstock.com