With the pandemic changing the way we live, many students are wondering how to manage their time and help boost their academic grades. Everyone wants to know the secret of straight A’s students who also effectively are great at everything else, be it sports, arts, music, or other skills. The major difference is that these individuals build the mindset to create a winning attitude. Here are 8 tips to implement in your daily life which will help you ace your academics, no matter what stage of life you’re at!
- Create a Schedule That Helps You Be Productive: Time management is an essential aspect for being a straight A’s student while also enjoying your student life. As the elders say, there is a time for everything, so make a schedule where you get adequate time to sleep, attend lectures, study, take a leisure break and do things you like. It may seem impossible at first glance, but the key is discipline, self-control, and balance.
- Deep Study: Deep study is the art of completely immersing yourself in a task by blocking out all distractions for a fixed time, say one hour. When you are mindfully involved in a study session, you will absorb more information and retain it for longer periods rather than justice level learning. When you practice deep study, there also needs to be a place for your mind to assimilate the information you have fed it. Sitting at a place for long hours can result in mental and physical effects such as daydreaming, losing interest, weight gain, stiff joints, and others. Make it a point to take 5-10 minutes of breaks after every hour of study.
- Don’t Hesitate to Seek Extra Help To Clear Concepts: We all have a subject that we struggle to ace. For most, it is maths! You’re not alone if you’re grappling to understand seemingly simple concepts that you find complicated. In such a case, reaching out for additional assistance such as enrolling in online math tutoring will help you grasp all the concepts according to your level of understanding. Another benefit of an online tutor is that they work at your pace and have a unique approach that will help you master the subject with time.
- Put Your Mental Health on Priority: Pushing yourself to do well in all areas of life can cause mental stress if you are being extra hard on yourself. Sometimes, you may go through phases where external or internal factors affect your mental health. It is okay to take a break on such days and be kind to yourself. If you suffer from excessive stress, anxiety, depression, or other disorders, it is imperative that you seek help from a therapist rather than suffer in silence. Whether it is short-term or long-term discomfort, a therapist is equipped to hold non-judgemental space for you to better deal with your emotions.
- Dedicate Time For Your Hobbies: All work and no play make everyone dull! Make time in your day to do what you love most, be it playing a sport, practicing a musical instrument, sketching, drawing, or reading your favorite conspiracy theory novel. Dedicating time for leisurely activities improves your brain’s ability to absorb information, keeping your life far from monotony. A bored student can easily become demotivated or have a mental block.
- Sleep Is Not Optional: Research shows that sleep is a far more underrated routine that students and working people take for granted. A good night’s rest of 6-8 hours is not just necessary for you to recharge physically, but it also improves your cognitive ability. Your brain can process everything you have learned and absorbed subconsciously when you sleep. Not giving yourself the mandatory 6-8 hours a day and thinking to “catch up” on a weekend will not just create an inconsistent pattern but also hinder your circadian rhythm. Your circadian rhythm is your body clock, which is linked to your productivity. Since universities and schools function as per the daytime schedule, set a proper sleep schedule that helps you make the best of your waking hours!
- Manage Procrastination: Procrastination is one of the biggest self-sabotaging habits that can crush your academics, career, or even your life in general. But rather than blaming the person for procrastinating, research has an interesting angle to it. People who usually procrastinate tend to be perfectionists with the anxiety of not meeting expectations, and hence never get to start their projects. If you’re someone who can relate to this and are putting off important tasks, remember that a job done is better than one not started at all. Start with keeping small promises to yourself to build up personal trust, this will replace your anxiety with self-confidence. The next time you have a project due in 3 days, make sure you complete the first draft on day 1 to avoid putting it off till midnight of day 3.
- Your Friend Circle Matters: You may have heard the old adage of your friend circle defining you, which is pretty accurate a representation of childhood and adult friendships. It is necessary to keep a group of friends who are just as driven and motivated to do well in life as you are. You will see that such a friend circle talks, walks, and functions differently because of their priorities being ambitious. By also having friends who try their best to stay on top of their academics and life in general, you put yourself in a positive circle of influence, thereby desiring to do better. Network with people who you look up to; you may be surprised at your growth and how you will get to learn from them.
Your mindset makes up half of the journey, so make sure to stay confident in your ability to ace not just your curriculum, but also life in general. It’s possible to balance your life and thrive in all other aspects without burning yourself out if you understand your needs and create control over potentially self-sabotaging habits.