High school is a busy time. You have classes to attend, homework and assignments to prepare, and tests and exams to study for. Then there are extra-curricular activities like sports, clubs, and music lessons to fit in, perhaps a part-time job, and without question a rich social life.
Here are 10 productivity tips to help boost your academic success as you juggle all these priorities. As a bonus – adopting these habits now will make it easier for you to adjust to college or university.
Knowing what you are doing at what time helps you control your time rather than having it control you.
It’s easy to tune out and tell yourself you’ll study the material later. But taking advantage of class time to learn as much as you can lets you free up time later for subjects that require more effort and some extra free time for yourself.
Whether you’re about to start on a two-hour block or half an hour of study time, ask yourself what do you want to achieve? Maybe it’s having a list of French vocabulary learned, or the first two pages of your essay written. Setting goals will help you get the most out this time.
Keep your study space quiet and free of interruptions and distractions like the TV, radio, or your Smart Phone. It’s hard to work effectively when you’re frequently stopping to read and respond to your friend’s latest text message.
Eating a hardy breakfast with a generous portion of protein helps keep your energy high and your blood sugar even. During the day, swap the soft drinks for water and the sugary snacks with healthy options like nuts, cheese, and fruit to boost your mental focus and stamina. Also be sure to get enough sleep so you wake up refreshed each morning and ready to get the most out of the day.
Procrastination is the enemy of productivity. Whether studying for a test or preparing an assignment, leaving it to the last minute will leave you stressed and not at your best. If you have a test or exam coming up, give yourself a good week to prepare. If it’s an essay, get started as soon as it’s assigned. Your work will be much higher calibre and your report card will thank you.
If you take public transport to school, you might review a lesson, do some advanced reading, or mentally start drawing up an outline for your next essay. Making the most of your commuting time means more free time later.
The brain likes to learn in small bite-sized pieces. Get into the habit of quizzing yourself regularly on what you learn in class or while studying, rather than trying to cram a lot of material all at once. You’ll retain much more that way and it’ll make studying for a test or exam a cinch.
An overloaded mind can not process effectively. Take time to rest your eyes and your mind by getting away from the books or computer screen at least once an hour. You’ll be more productive in the long run.
It’s great to have hobbies and interests and want to take on extra activities, but too much of a good thing can leave little time for schoolwork. Pick one or two things that you love to do and can fit into your schedule.