Ways to Be Successful in School: Practical Tips for Students - watsupptoday.com
Ways to Be Successful in School: Practical Tips for Students
Posted 19 Aug 2020 04:48 PM

Source: Editage

1. Rely on systems, not motivation
Students who do well in school donít wait until theyíre in the mood to do a focused study session before they get down to work.
* Neither do they wait until they feel motivated before they start preparing for an exam.
* Instead, successful students rely on systems to ensure that they get the work done, even when they donít feel like it.

2. Review any new information youíve learned on the same day
* This daily review wonít take long to complete, but itís a vital step that ensures you stay on top of the material.
* Applying this tip will also help you to move the information to your long-term memory more quickly.

3. Write everything down
* To be an effective student, write everything down.
* This includes homework to be completed, test and exam dates, project deadlines, competition dates, school and family events, etc.
* Donít assume that youíll be able to remember anything; write it all down to stay organised.
* This tip might sound extreme, but life only gets busier as you get older. So this tip will serve you well for the rest of your life.

4. Create a rough weekly schedule
* Writing in planner
* Itís impossible to follow a schedule down to the minute, but itís still helpful to create a schedule.
* Write down your rough weekly schedule based on your recurring commitments, e.g. school, extracurricular actitivies, family and social events, religious activities.
* Then block out regular time each week for homework and studying.
* For example, your rough weekly schedule might state that youíll do work on:
* Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 7pm to 9:30pm
* Tuesday and Thursday: 4pm to 7pm
* Saturday and Sunday: 2pm to 5pm

5. Get rid of distractions before they become distractions
* The biggest obstacle to doing well in school is distractions.
* To overcome distractions, you canít depend on willpower. Few of us have the willpower necessary to fight off all the distractions that surround us in this digital era.

Here are some ways to eliminate distractions before they become distractions:
* Turn off notifications on your phone/tablet
* Delete all the apps that distract you
* Put your phone/tablet in another room before you start work
* Set a really, really long password to unlock your phone/tablet
* Restrict your Internet access
* Have only one tab open in your browser at any one time
* Find an accountability partner as you make these changes

6. Develop good posture
* Good posture improves your mood, and also enhances your memory and learning.
* So sit up straight, pull your shoulders back, and lift up your chin Ė and youíll perform better in school.

7. Donít multitask
* Itís a fact: Thereís no such thing as multitasking.
* Whenever youíre multitasking, youíre actually just switching between tasks. This reduces your studying efficiency.
* So donít multitask when youíre studying or doing your homework. Instead, focus on one task at a time, and youíll find that youíll get more done in less time.

8. Cultivate the belief that intelligence isnít a fixed trait
* Research has proven that students who believe that they can become smarter actually do become smarter.
* Belief is that powerful.
* In other words, intelligence is a trait that you can develop over time.
* Donít ever label yourself as ďdumbĒ or ďnot academically inclinedĒ, because with the right mindset you can become more intelligent.

9. Work in short blocks of time
* Iíve found that most students canít maintain a high level of focus for more than 45 minutes at a go.
* As such, I generally recommend working in 30- to 45-minute blocks, followed by a 5- to 10-minute break.
* Working in shorter blocks of time is more effective for the majority of students, rather than struggling to focus for a couple of hours straight.

10. Exercise regularly
* Exercise to be a better student
* Regular exercise helps you to remember information better, enhances your concentration, and makes you more creative.
* This is in addition to the other health benefits of exercise.

* What does this mean for students who want to be successful in school?
Make exercise a fixed part of your weekly routine. Exercise three to four times a week, for at least 20 to 30 minutes each time.

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