Because some of my followers are probably heading back to school soon (my youngest sibling is now entering high school) I’ve decided to make a list of the top five things I’ve done/learned over the years being stuck in school.
Briefly imagine your teacher/professor giving you an assignment or project that isn’t due for another week or so (or a month, or a few months, etc.). Obviously, most people would take that as “lol I’ll just do it a week from now” and some people can get by doing that. Ideally you could do chunks of the assignment leading up to the due date instead. Think of it as doing ten, twenty-ish minutes of work a day rather than six hours the night before. This is also great if you have a teacher/professor who gives out assignment lists for the quarter or semester.
This might seem unnecessary to some and cumbersome to others, but it’s a great skill to have if you plan on pursuing post-secondary education. There are a few different techniques that different people use to take notes and it really depends on what works for you specifically. I personally think it works best to scribble everything down during a lecture and then rewrite it in a more organized manner later on that day (or type it up) while the information (and what my abbreviations mean) are still fresh.
Get Help Early
If you aren’t very strong in a specific subject or find yourself struggling within the first week the best thing you can do for yourself is seek help. Depending on your school there are different options, but generally your teacher/professor should be available if you need help with something. My high school had a lunchtime math lab and my university has two places on campus that offer tutoring at various times of the day. Also, we had a writing lab for help in anything written (term papers, lab reports, etc.). Another option is seeking a private tutor, but that may cost some money.
Study, Study, Study…
It seems self-explanatory to some, but like note taking this tends to be neglected until it’s way too late. In high school, I almost never did much beyond reading the material, taking the test, walking away with an A, and never looking back. Later, as things got harder in college, I realized that simply cram reading the material didn’t cut it. I’ve found that reading the material, reviewing my notes, using flashcards and quizzing myself in chunks of twenty to thirty minutes was more helpful than reading a textbook for four to six hours the night before a test.
Take Care of Yourself
Get enough sleep, eat enough of a balanced diet, drink enough water, take some personal time for yourself, meet with friends/family you like, and so on. In the end, despite what others might say, your overall well-being is more important than a perfect GPA. Planning and time management can be helpful here, but I do understand that these things can be difficult. Also, sometimes it is best to cut out unnecessary baggage (toxic people, a part time job you hate, etc.) that may be harmful to you and your future.
Bill Burr Teaches You How to Make A Damn Good Pie Crust
“The fuckin’ holidays are coming up — who’s kidding, you know you
didn’t do shit with your life, right? You haven’t done anything, you’re
not bringing anything to the table — you don’t have any kids, maybe you
got busted for fuckin’ drinking and driving, you just don’t fit in with
your family — you gotta do something, right?”