Starting off a new school year can be a daunting experience, so to help you out, we’ve put together a list of our top 10 tips to make 2013 your best school year yet.
1. Start the day with a good breakfast: Your diet plays a big role in how well you can concentrate and absorb information, and a good breakfast will fuel your day. Make sure it includes protein, like eggs, milk or cheese; some high fibre whole grains, like oatmeal of whole grain bread; and even a little piece of fruit if you feel like it
2. Set a routine and stick to it: Many parents will say that a well-defined routine means the difference between a functional and dysfunctional household. For students, they are critically important - they help develop self-discipline and organisation skills; they provide a sense of stability and certainty; they help set body clocks; and importantly, they provide a good framework to manage very busy lives.
3. Have a dedicated study space: A good study space has a direct impact on the effectiveness of study, and therefore results. Choose a spot that is quiet (either no noise, or just a little bit of ambient noise), without distractions (i.e. no convenient access to TV), provides good lighting, and has the necessary equipment – enough surface space, pens, pencils, pads etc. Also pay attention to the ergonomics – have a chair with adjustable settings, ensure it’s set at the right level relative to the desk, and watch your posture.
4. Set time allocations: When it comes to actual study time, set a defined time period. For example, study for an hour before allowing yourself a break. Setting smaller time periods like this makes studying a more manageable and less daunting task, than the idea of sitting at your desk until all your homework or study is done – which could take hours!
5. Leverage your learning style: In a previous post we wrote about the three different learning styles – auditory, visual, or tactile. Understanding your learning style can significantly improve your attitude towards learning. Each style has different techniques that can improve your ability to absorb and recall information. It’s worth a read!
6. Get exercise regularly: Exercise helps reduce stress, improve moods, helps you feel better and is known to significantly improve concentration. It also helps reduce the likelihood of all sorts of diseases later in life. It is vital that you get regular exercise. If you want, join a team sport and you make some new friends in the process.
7. Be social: Humans are social creatures so don’t forge to have fun with your friends. Too much of anything is a bad thing, and that includes studying. Relaxing and enjoying time with your friends will leave you feeling refreshed, energised, and will help you learn better.
8. Get interested: You’re at school for a good portion of your life, so it make sense to be interested in what you’re learning. If you’re studying history but not quite enjoying it, then head to a local museum or watch a movie about the issue you’re learning about. This will make if feel more real and should help to boost your interest and enthusiasm.
9. Play to your strengths: It’s a fact of life – you can’t be brilliant at everything. There are some subjects that you’ll do worse at than others, and that’s ok! Make sure you do your best for all subjects, and put extra time into areas where you have clear strengths. This will help improve your motivation with learning.
10. Get PLENTY of sleep: Sleep is very important for children of all ages, including teenagers, as it plays a vital role in growth. In fact, it is during sleep that growth-promoting hormones are produced. Get plenty of rest each night; go to bed and wake up at a regular time to help set your body clock.
Good luck! And of course, if you ever need a tutor, TutorBee is here to help. You can even search for a private tutor now.