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Developing & Maintaining Good Study Habits

Developing & Maintaining Good Study Habits

Good study habits are essential for college success. It’s expected, that by the time you reach college, you will know how to budget your time and study effectively. The best time to develop and perfect your study skills is through middle and high school. Establishing a routine will ensure all assignments and projects are complete and that you do well on exams.

Having an after school routine will guarantee that your homework gets done in a timely fashion. Often, students put off homework until right before bed, then find that they’re either too tired to complete everything assigned. When you get home from school, it’s ok to take 20-30 minutes to unwind from the school day, grab a quick snack, and get yourself organized to begin your homework. Here are 5 tips for developing good study habits:

  1. Use a planner, calendar, or app such as myHomework to record all of your assignments. For longer term assignments, break them down into smaller, more manageable parts, create your own due dates for each section leading up to the final project due date.
  2. Do your homework as soon as you get home from school or no longer than 30 minutes after you get home. This will give you more time in case a particular assignment takes you longer than you expected and keep momentum going.
  3. Make sure your basic needs are met to help you focus. Hungry? Grab a snack! Anxious? Try listening to some music or doing yoga/meditation. Tired? Take a short nap – 30 minutes max!
  4. Budget an allotted amount of time for each subject, adjust the time if needed. For example, if you budget 15 minutes for math but you find that it always takes you 45 minutes, perhaps determining why there is a discrepancy in time budgeted versus actual may be something to look at. Are you distracted? Did you underestimated your the time needed? Do you understand the work that you need to complete? Be sure to schedule breaks if you know you’ll be working for longer than usual.
  5. Minimize distractions. Study in a quiet place and put your phone away or turn it off if you are tempted to check when you here the alerts. If you must have your phone, block your notifications and only allow yourself to use only the apps that help you study!

Here is a list of useful organization and studying applications.

 

Time Management Matters

Have you ever wondered how some people get so much done?  They have mastered the skill of time management.

The semester is in full swing.  Right now, it’s more important than ever to use your time wisely.  For seniors, it’s time to finish those college applications.  For juniors, it’s time to take the standardized tests and maybe do some college visits.  While you’re preparing for college, it’s important to not let your grades slip.

Here are some time management tips.
Use a planner or calendar.  The more specific you can be in scheduling your time, the more productive you will be.  For example, don’t just write in your calendar when your classes are, schedule time to study or complete your course work with specificity.  Maybe you have a literature class, put in your calendar WHEN you’ll do the reading and WHEN you’ll write the paper.  The more specific you are, the more efficient you will become.

Prioritize your tasks.  Make sure to get the more important tasks done first.  It’s also a good idea to get the tougher tasks done first so they’re out of the way and you don’t procrastinate.

Review your week ahead on Sunday.  This will give you an idea of what’s coming up and you have the opportunity to move things around if you need to proactively.

Review your day the night before.  Take a look at everything you need to get done the next day so you are mentally prepared for what you need to get done.

Don’t forget to build in some fun.

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