As you all know school is going back for another year very soon (or already has for some people). Although it is super depressing holidays are over, the new year is a great time to get organised and focused for the year ahead! I decided to gather all of my top tips for school study + organisation and compile it all into one big blog post. This can be for high school students, seniors and maybe even for people in college/university. I may sound like the biggest geek but I actually love studying and schoolwork so was super excited to write this, haha - I miss school! So, without further ado, here are my top 30 tips for school study and organisation...
1. Try your hardest not to leave your homework and/or assignments to the last minute to complete. It will all begin to pile up and double the amount of stress. Instead, make a start on the day you get it, even if it's just 10 minutes, and do a little bit more each day until you're finished.
2. If you're absent from school, always ask your teachers and/or class mates for any work you missed. It's better to get the work quicker rather than later, or you might forget about it and fall behind.
3. Keep on top of your work throughout the whole year, not just the first few months. This is really hard for me sometimes; I go super hard with my studying at the beginning of the year, and by the end I am so burnt out and can't be bothered. Try to find an amount of study time you're comfortable with and stick at it.
4. Constantly revise your work throughout the year, so you will remember it better for upcoming exams.
5. Make sure to hand write your study notes. Everyone is different, but it is a proven fact that when you hand-write your work you will remember it better. Even if your school has laptops you type on in class, just re-writing the most important notes by hand at home can make a massive difference.
6. If you've fallen behind on your work during the week, make sure to catch up as much as possible on the weekend. This way you'll have a fresh mind for the week ahead and won't be worrying about last weeks work.
7. If you get a bad mark, ask what you did wrong so you'll be sure to improve on it next time.
8. Reward yourself for hard work and for trying your best. A cute idea I saw was to place a lolly on each paragraph/page in a book whilst studying, and each time you complete a page you can eat the lolly. It may sound super cheesy but it is actually a really great incentive!
9. Try not to compare your grades or study methods with your friends. Everyone learns at different paces, and everyone studies differently, so just do whatever is easiest for yourself and focus on your own grades.
10. Make sure you have a study space that works for you - an organised desk, your bed, a lounge or even the floor!
11. NEVER have social media open while studying or doing homework (as tempting as it may be).
12. If you are used to typing all your notes at school on a computer, make sure to practice hand writing before taking an exam to avoid your hand cramping up and getting tired.
13. If you're loosing focus and can't concentrate properly, take a break.
14. Find study buddies! Studying with friends is fun and you can really help each other out. Get together with your friends to study, revise/compare your material together, help each other out with hard topics, make study cards to test each other with and more. Getting together with other people in your class is a great way to see the lesson from another perspective, as everyone thinks and interprets things differently.
15. Keep a diary throughout the whole year. As soon as you get any homework/assignments, write it down straight away. You can also plan out what you want to achieve each week, whether it be finishing a novel for English or completing revision notes. Make sure to write the dates of when things are due, and set reminders leading up to the due dates.
16. Read marking guidelines very carefully before handing in an assignment. They often have vital information and show you what to focus on to achieve the best results.
17. You don't need to study for hours on end every day. Make sure to keep living a 'normal life' - hang out with friends, participate in after school activities, help around the house etc. If all you do is study you will get very burnt out.
18. Have a weekly 'no-study' night when possible.
19. Keep your locker organised at school. The worst thing is to have loose papers everywhere, try to keep everything stuck in your books or in a folder.
20. Some people find it easier to study in the morning or afternoon, and others find it easier to study at night. For me it is nighttime, so make sure you find when you study best.
21. Don't do your homework while sitting in-front of the TV or computer. Also, some people find it helpful to study with music - for me it is super distracting, but make sure to do whatever works best for yourself.
22. If you are really focused and have great time management skills, create a study timetable to stick to throughout the week. If you find sticking to a timetable hard (like me), instead create a to-do list of everything you need to do each afternoon.
23. Set goals for yourself. Whether it be a grade, achievement, ATAR score or after school plans, think about them each time you start to feel discouraged and use them as an incentive.
24. Find a study method that works for you - bullet points, sticky notes, colour codes, typed notes, the cornwall note taking system etc. Whatever it is, stick at it throughout the year so your notes are all the same.
25. The best way to see if you understand something is so teach it to someone else. If they understand it, you must be doing something right ;)
26. Times New Roman is proven to be the quickest font to read (for anyone needing to read typed text fast).
27. Keep all of your handouts and file them away safely, you never know when it might come in handy.
28. Develop good sleeping habits, because an hour of sleep before midnight is worth two after. This is something I really (really) need to work on throughout this year.
29. Reading/writing your notes while speaking it aloud can help you remember information clearer (who knew talking to myself would come in handy one day?!).
30. Don't stress too much. If you didn't get the grade/score/mark/ATAR you were after, there are always HEAPS of other options and pathways to get to where you want to go. It's only a number.
Thanks for reading guys! Happy studying and good luck at school this year xx
PS: All of the gorgeous notebooks and folders in this post are from ColourHide stationary. They are so pretty and so functional! And, you can get them from places like Woolworths, Officeworks, IGA stores and local newsagents. They're definitely a must for me this year at school! I cannot wait to use them.