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April 3, 2017
By Lauren Lambros, Riverside Brookfield
There are a little over two months left of the school year. For some students, these two months will seem like an eternity. For others, they will fly by. One thing is for sure, everyone has their mind on summer and not on their studies. This two month time period is a vulnerable time for every student’s GPA. With the temperatures rising and thoughts of summer plans creeping into our brains it makes studying seem like labor.
Having experienced this struggle of wanting to go out with friends or staying home to study I know how hard it is to maintain focus. The last thing anyone wants is to work hard all year long only to not get the grade you wanted by a small percentage. This can be avoided by following these simple steps.
- Color code assignments by importance
It is inevitable that you will want to hang out with your friends more when the weather warms up, so in order to do that you will need more free time on your hands. A simple way to stay organized and have fun is to set up a color-coding system for all of your assignments based on importance. As you write down the assignment in class write the when it is due as well. Pick one color for assignments that are due the next day. Everything that is due the following day are currently the most important assignments that need to be completed right away. Long term assignments should be in a different color. Next to each long term assignment write out when you want to have it completed by. This way you will have a better understanding of how much homework you actually have.
- Write out how much time each assignment will take
Before you start working on your homework look at the task at hand and get a sense of how long it will take to be completed. In your Agenda, write out next to each subject how much time you want to spend on it. This will help you stay focused on each task in order for you to reach the time limit. This will also give you an idea of what your day looks like and how much free time you will have later on.
- Put your phone on Do Not Disturb
This is may not sound like it makes a difference but for me, this was the difference between an A- and a B+. Things are always happening in our lives, new status updates, Instagram posts, Twitter fights, Group chats, etc. Our generations spends many hours on our devices in which we could spend in thousands of other ways. In my opinion, the main reason why some teenagers do not complete all of their homework is due to some “more important” event happening in the digital world. Whatever it is, it will still be there when you finish your homework. Plus, you’d be surprised how much you could get done when you phone isn’t vibrating every five seconds.
- Know your schedule and your friends schedule
Always make notes when of upcoming events in your life, but also know when your friends are available too. This is important when you are looking for a time to hang out with them. Even if you plan out all of your homework and complete it, it will not matter if your friend is slammed with five hours of homework and has a piano recital that same night. Try to get the bulk of your assignments done on nights when no one is available because that way you won’t be missing out on anything.
- Study Dates or Social hour
Personally, I am not a huge fan of study dates. Deep down I know that I am better off studying independently because I will actually get things done. Whereas in a group setting I know my friends and I will just end up talking about what everyone is doing this weekend. Now I know some people prefer to study in groups and that is fine, but make sure you are actually completing assignments. The point of having study dates is to work together on assignments, but we all know it is tough to focus when you’re out with your friends. You just have to ask yourself: “am I actually going to finish this assignment, or will I be finishing it when I come home from this study date?”
If the goal is to have more free time on your hands, than you have to pick the most efficient way of studying that gives you the most benefits. There are going to be many distractions but there will be plenty of time to deal with those in the summer. Focus on your studies and as soon as the final bell rings you can celebrate.
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