Studies show that eight to nine hours of sleep each night is essential and not getting enough sleep can cause limitations to learning, listening, concentrating, and solving problems. One way of getting more sleep each night, is starting your homework as early as possible so you can get to bed quicker. Unfortunately, this task is very difficult because many students tend to procrastinate on almost everything.
1. Make a To-Do-List. Sometimes writing out certain tasks can motivate you to complete them and cross them out.
2. Give yourself a small reward after finishing each task to keep yourself motivated.
3. Get rid of any distractions. If this means turning off your phone or shutting down your computer, then do it. Make sure to put them in a place completely out of your sight.
4. Take effective study breaks, but not long ones. For example, rest your eyes for ten minutes, walk around the house, listen to music, or eat a snack.
5. Finish the hardest homework first so you will only have easy homework to deal with later in the night that doesn't require too much thinking.
6. Positive thinking! Studies have shown that positive thinkers handle stress better. Overall, this can also have a positive effect on your emotional and physical well-being.
How can we manage to study for all of our exams?
1. Know the schedule. Tuesday: 1st period and 4th period
Wednesday: 2nd period and 5th period
Thursday: 6th period and 3rd period
2. Knowing the schedule will help you know exactly what order you should study for your exams or how to manage your time as the week progresses. Asking your teachers what material will be on the exam a week or two prior will also help you get a head start.
3. Start as soon as you can. Don’t procrastinate. Using the tips for procrastination can work as well. If you leave everything for the last-minute then you will surely regret it.
4. Make sure you’re not tired when you’re studying because you will not process the information.
Different Study Methods
- Re-write your notes: Sometimes if you have notes that were given in class, re-writing them can help refresh your memory on certain material discussed earlier in the year.
- Flashcards: If the subject requires knowing specific words and their definitions, this can work for you.
- Study Groups: Gather a small group of friends that you personally know you work well with, and meet at a quite location, such as the library or a café. You can quiz each other verbally, which sometimes works better for some students.
- SQ3R:When reading heavy text, this method may be helpful for some students. This includes five steps.
- Survey: Skim the text for headlines, bolded words, pictures, and mainly get an idea of what the piece is about.
- Question: Ask questions about the content by previewing it.
- Read: While reading the text, look for the answers of the previous questions you asked.
- Recite: Recite the answers to your questions, and if it helps, write them down.
- Review: After reading, review the text one more and cover the key concepts one last time so they stick in your head.