By Twila Ternida
Congratulations! You’ve gotten through your first quarter of school, and passed the first benchmark of the year. To help you thrive (or at least survive) the next phase, we’ve compiled the following tips in the hopes that they will prove useful.
Find a hobby
Though at times you might feel otherwise, students are meant to have lives outside of school, homework, and studying. Needless to say, schoolwork can quickly become boring and tiring, often draining your motivation to do it, and to do it well (hence, we have the phenomenon known as procrastination).
A hobby is a wonderful way to avoid this brain-drain:
- It provides a source of motivation to complete your homework quickly to make time for it,
- It can serve as an intellectual, physical, or mental challenge outside of the sometimes mundane activities of school,
- It can also serve as a simple and enjoyable activity,
- It allows you to explore your own interests…
And the list goes on and on.
Use regular self-reflection*
After any summative (or even formative) exam, project, or presentation, take 5-10 minutes to reflect on what you did well, and what you could improve on. It helps to write these points on paper and consider them on the next task. That way, you know exactly what you need to continue to do, and what you need to work on to do better the next time.
*If you’re unsure of these points of self-reflection, you can always ask your teacher; more often than not, they will be willing to provide good feedback for a student that takes the initiative.
Set aside at least one homework-free day each week
Set aside one day for each normal work-week (not summative week!) where you don’t have to do any homework. Not only does this allow you to rest and relax, it also allows you to pursue your newly-found hobby and serves as a motivation to complete all your homework beforehand.
Sleep is vital to function throughout the 8 hours of a normal school day: get enough of it!
I hope these tips prove useful to you, in the second quarter and the rest of the school year. For now, enjoy this fall break to relax and replenish your reserves!