With school fast approaching (or, for some of us, already here!) I decided to write about how to be a successful student this year. I have always been a hardworking student and it has paid off in many ways. It is important to take your education seriously and do all you can with it. So, here are some tricks to improve your work ethic:
- Plan- Being too cool to use a planner is the biggest mistake you can make. Not only do you risk forgetting assignments, but you have no tangible way to manage your time. When you write a task down and organize your time, you are less likely to procrastinate and more likely to be productive- use a calendar.
- Use resources- The Internet, the library, and your teachers are available to help you- take advantage of these opportunities. I don’t know what I would have done without Quizlet, Google Scholar, and extra help periods with my teachers. For example, if you don’t understand a topic, watch a YouTube video on it. Use the resources that are readily available to you.
- Don’t cram the night before- You’ll usually find out a few days, if not weeks in advance before a large exam. Budget time to study separate topics each night rather than cramming all the information into a six-hour study session the night before.
- Take breaks- Every 20-30 minutes, get up, stretch, and give your brain a minute to relax. Your brain learns best in smaller intervals, so sitting down to study for hours on end is not beneficial.
- Ask for help- If you don’t understand something, speak up! You’re not expected to learn everything right away. If you know you’re struggling with a concept, don’t wait too long to ask for help. The concept will probably reappear on an exam, and you want to learn it well by then.
- Condense your notes- Instead of just reading over your notes before a quiz or test, condense them into a study guide with definitions, examples, diagrams, and key points. This helps you focus on important information rather than skimming through everything at once.
- Study with a partner- Get together with someone from your class and quiz each other. Studying with someone else can help sharpen your memory on concepts you didn’t fully understand, and review information you might miss when studying alone. Not to mention, it makes studying a lot more fun!
- Prioritize sleep- Pulling an all-nighter studying is the worst thing you can do. If you manage your time, there’s no reason you need to stay up all night doing homework. Yes, there were times during the year I had to sacrifice my social life for school. But, I would rather skip a party to study than stay up late studying and feel exhausted the next day.
- Do extra credit- Even if you don’t think you’ll need it, do extra credit. It never hurts. If nothing else, it will still raise your grade, whether you’re in between letter grades or you’re in the middle and just want to raise your percentage.
- Don’t let one poor grade ruin your self esteem- A bad grade is just that- a bad grade. It does not define you, and it is not going to matter in a few weeks, a few months, or a few years. As long as you are doing well, one outlying low grade will mean nothing in the long run. Keep it in perspective.
Those are all my tips for today! Thanks for reading.
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