Being a student is hard. It comes with many challenges and unwarranted stress. But believe it or not, there are ways to make your school career much, much easier. In this article, we’ll navigate eight ways to make your day-to-day school life easier.
Without further ado, How to be a Successful Student:
1. Ask questions when you do not understand something. If you are too embarrassed to ask a question in class, wait until the end and ask the teacher in private. When in doubt, remember this: One who asks questions looks ignorant for a moment, but one who never asks a question remains ignorant forever.
2. Take large assignments, like research projects or reports, and break them down into small tasks. For example, a research project can be broken down into:
1) Picking a subject
2) Doing the research
3) Creating an outline
4) Writing the rough draft
5) Writing the final piece
Set a deadline for each task and reward yourself as you complete them!
3. Each day, be sure to make a list of things you need to do. You can use a school planner (if you’re provided with one), a bullet journal, a notebook, whatever you can find. Record your homework assignments, projects, reports, to-do lists, goals, etc. Be sure to also write down the dates of tests and quizzes to remind you to study.
4. Keep your schoolwork organized. Try to keep your work together so that you don’t lose anything important. Use a binder and put your schoolwork from each class into it. Use notebooks to take notes from your classes whenever possible. Bonus: personalize your things with decorative tapes, designs, photos, stickers, etc.
5. Make a homework schedule and stick to it. Have a set time set each afternoon when you will work on homework. Be sure to do your homework in a quiet place, and allow yourself breaks in between (that is, if you’re working for a long time; don’t take a break after five minutes into your first and only three-problem worksheet). If you’re having difficulties with an assignment, don’t be afraid to ask a family member for help, call a friend, or write down questions to ask the teacher at school the next day (if you do as much as you possibly can, your teacher will more than likely understand). Remember, you can’t win all the time; doing the best you can is what is most important.
6. Always study for tests and quizzes a few days in advance. Never cram the night before a test. It takes time to become familiar with things we are trying to learn. ALWAYS drink water while you’re studying! It’s very important to stay hydrated.
7. Think positive about yourself. If you fail at something, try harder the next time and don’t ever give up. Believe in yourself and don’t let negative comments from others get in your way. There is no limit to what we can do if we have emunah.
8. Eat a balanced diet (easy on the sweets), get enough sleep, and exercise regularly. Be sure to eat a good breakfast (eggs are always a good option; high in protein) to energize yourself for the day. Research shows that teens need eight to nine hours of sleep per night. If you feel tired, try going to bed earlier. As for exercise, go for a run, do some yoga , or if you’re not one for running or aren’t flexible, a walk can be beneficial.
These eight things are sure to make your life as a student easier and less stressful. By using them, you’ll find your days becoming easier and your life becoming happier and less overwhelming. Good luck!