The days are now numbering as the first day of school encroaches slowly and deliberately. Whether you are heading back to primary school; middle school; secondary school; or even college, the season of back-to-school is now underway and in full swing.
Hence, here are 11 Tips & Tricks to ease your way into the sense of learning. Why 11, not 10? Because Glen Koan strives for the unorthodox. That, and we just needed to include one more. Hope these help you out in having a great and wonderful academic year. Enjoy!
#1: Work out organizational systems that will cater to YOUR circumstances
Not all types of organization will work for any person. You should choose those that you know will work best with your schedule and needs. Keep in mind that learning to be organized consistently and deliberately will take time and practice. If a chosen system does not work out the first time, try again. You may merely need more time to grow accustomed to that particular system.
#2: Keep ALL of your books, notebooks, binders, and folders for each class together
This tip can go under organizational systems; the difference is this is a must. When you need to grab your Maths material for school, they are all in one place, lest the risk of forgetting something and regretting it later on. You may even label the sets accordingly to make it much easier to find the corresponding materials.
#3: Avoid DISTRACTIONS in your study space
This is practically a given, however in the same vein as learning to be organized, separating ourselves from our leisure is quite difficult in the beginning. If your study space includes a TV, radio, tablet and/or phone, it is not the best location for you to study. Your study space should be utilized for studying and working only. Choose a space that does not have a lot of your tempting distractions available in sight.
#4: REWARD Yourself!
As can be seen from Pavlov’s dogs, positive reinforcement is amazing. When you have completed tasks, reward yourself in increments. This can be anything from letting yourself have a 10-minute break to watching a Youtube video. This will help to avoid procrastinating – the bane to student’s studying!
#5: Use an ACADEMIC PLANNER to keep tracks of your assignments, deadlines, and appointments
By having all this information in one place, you will be consistently aware of what to do next. You can even use your planner to prioritize tasks and set a study schedule
#6: SCHEDULE time to complete your assignments, based on anticipated time on task and urgency
Having noted down all the assignments that you need to complete, determine their deadlines and estimate how long it will take to finish each one. You can then prioritize your tasks and set a clear schedule for completing them.
#7: DIVIDE your study time into blocks separated by quick breaks
It is most effective to study in 30-45 minutes blocks of time; allowing yourself rapid 3-5 minute breaks in between study blocks. This approach gives you time to focus while also letting yourself have time to relax and re-energize. Be wary though – you need to ensure that your quick breaks do not transmogrify into longer procrastination breaks!
#8: Create and save STUDY GUIDES & AIDS
We often wait until the nights before tests to start creating study aids. Instead of that, you should create your own study aids for each quiz and test that you have in a class. Once the quizzes and tests are completed, you should save your study aids. Then, when the time arrives for you to study for your big tests and quizzes, you will have your study aids created and ready, which saves you valuable time that you can dedicate to studying.
#9: Use SHORTER, less grammatically correct sentences
While this may sound blasphemous and heresy to your English teacher, however, one must understand the concept of convenience. Since you are the only one will be reviewing your notes, you do not require writing grammatically correct sentences; they can merely be in bullet point form. You should do your best to shorten your sentences as much as possible. This will enable you to take notes at a faster speed and will reduce the risk of falling behind. Just ensure that you do not abbreviate the sentences to the extent in which you are unable to comprehend what you noted down when you return back to review it.
#10: Have a BALANCED BREAKFAST!
A healthy nutritious breakfast will put you in the right mood. Your neurons will be nourished and sustained throughout the whole school day; keeping your diurnal academic performance in tip-top shape
#11: Learn how to effectively communicate with your teachers
Last, but definitely not least, this tip shall help you in the long run. Your teachers are there to provide guidance and support; it is only the matter if you will accept it. You will find that most of your teachers are more than happy to aid you with the provisions of additional instructions. The fact that you ask for their advice and help shows your enthusiasm and care about your academic performance. Your teachers want to see that you are interested in the class material and that you are driven to succeed. There’s a good chance that a portion of your grades will be based on your class participation. By having effective communication with your teachers, you maintain and increase your grades.