By Isabel Najjar '19
To succeed in high school, you have to do your best at all times. However, sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated even when you care about what you are doing. Here are five tips to stay on the right track in school.
1. Change up your schedule
If you are trying to finish school work after a full day of classes and extracurriculars, you might need to change up your schedule so you can work on homework and studying during a time where you could focus and concentrate. The trick to figuring out your schedule is to find out which part of the day you are the most productive with your schoolwork and begin to revolve your day around that. It will definitely take some time to adjust to your studying schedule, so don’t expect it to happen overnight. We are all different, therefore, your most productive times of the day may not be what you expect. But once you figure out your studying schedule studying will become a bit easier.
2. Change up your learning styles
At some point in high school, you may get a little too comfortable with your learning techniques or style. If you begin struggling with your homework, it may be because you’re either procrastinating or simply not making your work worth your time. For example, if you need to write an essay, choose a topic that interests you. And if this topic isn’t really working for you, don’t be afraid to ditch it and try something new. By doing this, you can stay focused and motivated. Once you know exactly how you learn, this could help you find new methods that motivate yourself. You can change your learning style based upon your class, subject, or even your assignments.
3. Reward Yourself!
Once you have completed one or two of your homework assignments, reward yourself with a short period of relaxation time. It could be fifteen minutes of a power nap, checking social media, eating a snack, watching Netflix, or whatever makes you relaxed!
4. Get rid of distractions
This may seem pretty obvious, but many students nowadays try to study with one eye on their school work and the other eye on their social media. In order to keep away from all distractions, you can turn off your cell phones, mute text messages, and delete all games from your computer.
5. Set Goals
Setting goals will remind you of what you are striving towards and why. For example, if you are not doing well in a class, set a goal to remind yourself that you want to do better. If you set goals, you will constantly be reminded of what you need to achieve and why you need to work harder.