Summer is over and those last couple of days of freedom are here, again… High school, primary school or faculty can be really hard. Getting up early, doing your homework, studying, all of it take your time and it drains the joy out. However, we all have to go through that part of our lives. In addition, going to school can be really hard to manage and organize all of the activities which come along. Because of that, I am going to share with you my best tips which help me stay productive in school.
1. Find your tools
Organizing your school stuff and homework is not easy, but once you learn how to schedule everything, you can experience quite a change. What I’ve learned is that simply by organizing and writing down my obligations in notebooks, I save a lot of time. However, to do so I need my most favorite tools.
- Journal/notebook/ planner /calendar (if you need more than one)
- A pack of nice colored markers
- Pack of pencils and a rubber
I am one of those people who has a notebook for everything: homework, plans for my blog, my dreams, and plans… That way I always know what is where and I can easily do a follow up on everything that is happening in my life. I am not saying that you need to have a notebook for every single thing you do, but 1 or 2 notebooks will be a great way to start an organizing habit. Also, having a lot of colored markers pushes me to stay creative with my notes so that way I have fun making them.
2. Learn how to study
One thing I really love to do is make a short version of my school lessons. Let me cry to explain… After I come home from school, the first thing I do is I take a blank piece of paper and go through my notebook (it can be from any subject) and I look through it and all of the notes I made in the class. Once I saw all of the notes, I take out and rewrite the most important ones on the blank paper. I do that every day after a lesson until I fill out the whole side of the paper. How does it help? Well, before a test I know what I need to study ( the most important facts) and it makes it much faster for me to learn it all. I am also a visual learner, so once I have everything in one place I can easily remember the answers in an upcoming test. It is really important for you to learn which time of learner are you. Once you find out, you can actually learn how to improve your learning skills and get much better results.
Another important thing which I like doing is combining all of those whites papers I filled into one document. If you like to write on the computer, then you can start rewriting your notes there from the start, but the reason why I do it by hand is that it helps me remember how I organized everything and it helps me remember my notes better. I like to use colors on my notes and draw on the papers. That way I just keep my creativity levels high, which is important, because creativity helps you in certain moments of your life.
3. Get organized
Being organized is immensely important if you want to study effectively and increase your productivity. You need to know where to find notes quickly on a particular subject and you need a sensible way of storing all your study materials – your textbooks, notes, essays and anything else you may need when it comes to revision time. What’s more, you’ll need to be organized in how you plan your study time. Here are some ideas that will help.
1.To Do Lists
Stay on top of your various homework assignments by maintaining a To Do list that includes deadlines. Nothing increases productivity like the motivation of being able to tick things off a list, and it’ll mean you never miss another deadline.
2. Intelligent fillings
Keep your notes organized by having a folder for each of the subjects you’re studying. Within each folder, use dividers to segregate your notes and essays for each of the topics you cover. For instance, an English literature folder might contain dividers for World War I poetry, William Blake’s poetry, the Shakespeare play you’re learning about and a novel you’re studying. Organising everything in this way means that you’ll always know where everything is, and all your notes and essays on each topic are kept in the same place. You’ll be very grateful for this organization when it comes to revising!
4. Time management
3. Schedule your time for studying
Set aside certain periods of time each day during which you will focus exclusively on studying. For instance, you might decide to get up early and fit in an hour’s study before school, and then another hour when you get back from school, and another three in the evening. Draw up a daily timetable for yourself and stick rigidly to the prescribed study times, but don’t forget to schedule in breaks as well.
5. Take care of your mental health
4. Eat well
What you eat can have a huge impact on your productivity; for example, certain foods make you lethargic and not eating enough will affect your concentration. Start the day with a hearty breakfast, preferably something that releases its energy slowly, such as porridge. This will keep you going for the whole morning. Get your ‘five a day’ by drinking fruit juice, snacking on fresh or dried fruit and having at least one or two portions of vegetables with dinner. Try not to snack on unhealthy foods such as crisps and chocolate, and never underestimate the power of ‘brain food’ ( such as fish or blueberries)!
Exercise boosts your well-being and releases endorphins – known as ‘happy hormones’ – the same chemical we get from eating chocolate. Experts recommend at least 20 minutes of brisk exercise each day; that’s enough to get your heart pumping and break out a sweat.
6. reward yourself
Don’t forget to reward yourself for all that hard work at regular intervals during study periods; for instance, you can have a bite to eat at the end of a chapter. This gives you something to look forward to and helps strengthen your motivation to work productively.