6 Habits to Boost Student Success

Being successful in school takes time and effort. Some subjects may come naturally, while others require more attention. Even the most intelligent students need to effectively plan out their day and embrace good habits to do their best. If there is no rhyme or reason to what you’re doing, chances are, you’re not seeing the type of results you could be.

Here are some healthy habits to consider as you tackle school:

1. Get organized.

This applies to school and home. Separate each class into different notebooks and folders or tabs in a binder. Then you can find exactly what you’re looking for much easier. Clean out your backpack at least once a week to get rid of trash and file loose papers. Restock your supply of extra pens, pencils, paper, and other materials too. Don’t forget to write down all of your assignments, projects, and exams in a planner so you know exactly what is due and when and can plan accordingly.

At home, have a separate space for doing homework and studying. Keep it free from distractions so you can focus on your work. Prepare your backpack each night with everything you need for the next day so you don’t have to worry about accidentally leaving anything behind or rushing around in the morning.

2. Create a routine.

Another part of staying organized is developing a daily routine. This can help you get into the habit of consistently getting your work done and studying. Take into consideration any extracurricular activities and what time you have available. Setting a schedule will allow you to fit everything in and use your time more efficiently.

3. Take notes.

Get into the habit of taking quality notes in each class. Even if you think you’ll remember something, it’s a good idea to write it down. Keep your notes organized by class so you’re not sorting through a bunch of papers trying to figure out what each one is for. Mark important information that you’ll need to know for an exam, and topics you might not understand. Then you can go back and do more research on them.

4. Study daily.

Make it a point to spend at least a little bit of time each day studying. Review what you learned in class not just that day, but also from previous days to keep it fresh in your mind and improve recall. Plus, if you study each day, you’ll have less content to focus on before the exam because you’ll already know a lot of it and can just review. Waiting until the last minute can make you feel rushed and stressed.

5. Take care of yourself.

It is recommended that teenagers get eight to ten hours of sleep each night. When you’re tired, it makes it harder to focus and retain information. Plus, you’re likely to be less engaged. Having regular sleep and wake routines can make your days a little easier. In addition, make sure you’re taking care of yourself by eating a well-balanced diet and exercising to fuel your body and mind.

6. Ask questions.

If there is something you don’t understand, ask for more information. Don’t sit in class confused by what is going on. Speak up! Chances are, you’re not the only one with questions. Getting clarification allows you to take better notes and ensure you’re studying the right information, not what you thought it might be. If there are certain subjects or concepts you’re struggling with, get more help from your teacher after class or work with a tutor.

Tutoring can be a great way to brush up your skills and develop better habits for studying, taking notes, staying organized, and preparing for tests. Having the support you need is essential. Crafting Scholars creates personalized learning plans aligned with your strengths and learning style in order to help you thrive. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.