Reflecting on High School Study Habits
The 2014-2015 school year is here. The new year is the perfect time for a little self-reflection. We encourage you to find a moment to consider your goals and aspirations (for both the immediate future and beyond). Of course, amidst this quiet contemplation, we recommend assessing your scholastic achievement to date. After all, the upcoming break from school presents the perfect opportunity to get your academic ducks in a row.
Step One) Load all of your subjects into your backpack.
Think about your current grade for each individual class on a piece of paper (we promise this is far less time consuming than it might sound). Think about these questions: How have I fared on my test so far? Have I been completing my homework? Do I participate in class? Are there any concepts i am not understanding? Is my work organized? Be thorough and honest with your answer.
Of course, there is no need to beat yourself up. Look at this as a chance to adjust and change your approach. A little extra effort can make all the difference.
Step Two) Planning things out.
if you are forgetting test dates and homework assignments, think about adding those assignments to your dashboard calender and look at it everyday. Set due date reminder for your email and phone. Add a short description clearly defining what you need to do or study. When you finally begin to tackle the assignments in earnest, you would happily discover that the work feels more manageable. And you will be able to produce a stronger final product.
Step 3) Set a new and improved sleep schedule.
Do not forget that when it comes to successful study habits, sleep is an important factor as well. “The research is clear that adolescents who get enough sleep have a reduced risk of being overweight or suffering from depression, are less likely to be involved in automobile accidents, and have better grade, higher standardized test scores and an overall better quality of life,” says Dr, Judith Owes, director of sleep medicine at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. A good nights sleep facilitates focus Going to bed at a reasonable hour will allow you to be more efficiently and make fewer careless errors.