The TX. 10: Ways to make second semester a success

Sunday , February 25, 2018 - 12:00 AM

KATIE MORSE
TX. Correspondent

We’re headed full-steam ahead into the second half of the school year and we’ve got some tips on how to be successful.

1. Write it down. The biggest lie we tell ourselves is “I don’t need to write it down; I’ll remember.” But we don’t.

2. Use a calendar. Choose a desk calendar, planner or something else to that effect. Keep track of appointments, meetings, classes and homework, and cross off each task as it is completed. This will give you a sense of accomplishment.

3. Create a routine. Have a plan for when you wake up, when you get home from school and when you go to bed. This will help you feel ready for the day and get your homework done.

4. Keep your study space clean. Your study space can get cluttered and messy pretty easily. If you need to, spend some time organizing and making room for things that do not yet have a place. Having your study space clean will help you focus and learn.

5. Make time for yourself. You will not be successful if you are too busy and overwhelmed. Set aside an hour or so a week for doing something you enjoy such as painting, reading, cooking, sleeping, etc. It is important that the thing you choose to do is not watching TV or playing on your phone and computer. Try to learn something new or exercise a skill.

6. Limit your screen time. I know this sounds scary and unnecessary, but if you try it you will be more successful. Turn off your phone while you’re studying or choose to spend time with friends and/or family instead of binge-watching your favorite show. If you are using a computer or phone for homework, make sure you only have apps and windows open with things that will help you complete your goal.

7. Ask for help. If you don’t understand your assignment, ask a friend, teacher or family member. Do not be embarrassed.

8. Eat right. Eating too much junk food makes you feel grumpy and unmotivated. Try eating something new. Choose an apple, for instance, instead of a bag of chips. Having more healthy food in your diet will help you feel motivated and energetic.

9. Prepare for the next day. Choose a place in your room to do this. Put your clothes, backpack, shoes and socks all together in one place. Check your calendar to see if there is anything else you need to bring, like a poster or project that is due. When you wake up in the morning, you will have all your things prepared and not be scrambling to get ready. You may even have a little more time to sleep or eat.

10. Get enough sleep. Go to bed on time. Decide how many hours of sleep you want each night, then decide what time you will need to go to bed and wake up to get that many hours and still get to school on time. Then GO TO BED! Plug in your phone far away so that it doesn’t distract you from sleeping. If you use your phone for your alarm, use the “Do not disturb” or airplane setting so that notifications don’t disrupt your sleep pattern. Having enough sleep is key to succeeding academically.

— Katie Morse, Ogden High

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