By now most of us have already started school. And for some of us, it’s the same thing every year. We say we’re going to do better this year then end up scrambling at 10:00 pm to get done with an assignment due at 11:59. Don’t fall back on your old habits. Instead, give these tips a try to kick your year off right.
I’m sure we’ve all been in a situation where we think we’ve completed all of the homework for the night then get to school the next day and realize there was a lot more we failed to get done. A way to prevent that from happening is using a planner. Whether a physical planner or digital device, you need something to keep track of all the work you have to get done. You can buy a cheap calendar or notebook to keep all of your due dates in one spot or you can use an online organizational tool such as Notion. Another thing you should be doing is checking your email frequently and cleaning it out daily or weekly. By doing so you won’t miss important deadlines or information and it’ll make sorting through your email less of a hassle.
Ask For Help
School can become overwhelming at times and it feels like you can’t keep up. That’s normal! When you feel yourself falling behind or not feeling like your best self, speak up. Talk to a school counselor or a trusted friend or adult about what’s going on so you can come up with a solution. Make sure to let your teachers know so you can get additional help or accommodations can be made.
School work can be extremely tedious and you naturally will need a quick break. However, the breaks become an issue when the 30-minute break turns into scrolling on TikTok for four hours. A way to help this is to keep your phone in another room while doing your work or set timers on your phone to keep yourself focused. Also, the space you’re studying in must be quiet. If you can, go to a quiet space in your house. If that isn’t an option consider going to your local library or coffee shop for a change of scenery.
Study! Study! Study!
It’s important to have effective study habits. A lot of us get caught up in cramming the night before and while it might work out sometimes, we know this isn’t always the most beneficial. Instead, when you find out what’s going to be on the test you should study the material for 15-20 minutes a day until the big test. Rather than making flash cards or reviewing notes, it’s better to do a little studying every day instead of cramming a lot in the day or days before.
The most important thing to do this year is to give yourself grace. If you’re reading this article, then you care about doing better, which is a start. As long as you’re making an effort to do better, good things are bound to come your way. So take those breaks (not too long), take a nap, FaceTime a friend, and watch as the school year works out for you in your favor.
By Lauryn Friar, Senior, Gwendolyn Brooks
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