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Being a sophomore in high school, what would be a good mindset to have when studying and having a time schedule?

As a sophomore in high school, I am hyper aware of the stress levels teens have to go through. It would be wonderful to know some time management organization ideas, study skills, stress management, being prepared for upcoming events in my junior year of high school, study apps, anything that could efficiently make the high school process feel less over scheduled! #high-school #high-school-students
I am planning on attending the Savannah College of Art and Design, which is becoming a highly competitive school. Hopefully some tactics will help this process feel less overwhelming.


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Kelsey’s Answer

Hi Kathleen! Being in high school and stressing about college is definitely a hard thing to go through, but a good first step is just to take a step back and breathe. A lot of people are going through similar situations and it is reassuring to know that you are not alone. It may seem strange but a good way to staying organized that I have found is to be able to take time for yourself and to do the things your passionate about. If you spend all of your time focusing on studying and stressing yourself out, it will be harder to focus on being productive. Allow yourself as much time as you can a day, whether it be 20 minutes or 2 hours to do something relaxing for your mind and body, and then you will be more motivated and refreshed to get organized and cross things off your to do list. Some study tricks I have found helpful are rewriting important things down because you tend to remember things you have written vs typed. Keep a calendar and to do list that you check at least once a day to make sure you stay on track to getting things done in line with deadlines. Be proactive and get started on assignments ahead of time so that you give yourself more time to get them done, without feeling crammed. A good website I have used is Quizlet for flashcard use! Another app for stress relief is called headspace. I hope this helps!


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Simeon’s Answer

For studying, I'd recommend trying to do micro-studying. Study in small bursts, ten to fifteen minutes at a time, starting well ahead of when your exam is scheduled. That way, your always studying with your full attention span. Also, think about how advertisers try to repeat the same message multiple times a day in minute-long bursts. Their job is to get you to remember their product without thinking about it. Our brains our built to hold onto pieces of information that have been repeated multiple times across the course of days and weeks. You would never see an ad trying to stick in your memory with a half-hour cram session!

For time management, I would recommended setting aside time to look at how your past week went. I find that trying to follow a strict schedule isn't something you do unless it comes naturally. Instead, it can be helpful to look back once a week/day/month to reflect on what you spent on. Try to take some notes about what you've spent your time doing. I like this approach because it's a guilt-free approach where you ask yourself if you like how you're spending your time and where you might be wasting time on things you don't really value or enjoy.

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Estelle’s Answer

I agree with Rachel. Set a schedule and daily planner. Set aside time for exercise to reduce stress. Make realistic goals so that you can see actual accomplishments which will continue to motivate you every day.

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Dianne’s Answer

Hi Faith,

I planned ahead. If I knew a test was coming up I would study a little bit everyday. I would tell myself I am going to study for an hour and then take a break. During my break I would do something I enjoyed doing. I also found telling someone else what you learned helped me remember what I studied.

Regards,
Dianne


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Howard’s Answer

Transitions from high school to can be very scary and intimidating.. I think that any good habits that you can develop in high school will only make your transition that much easier for you. For starters being mindful of what good study habits you may have now...Think about how you spend and divide your study and free time now. Are you comet timing enough time to your studies? Are you feeling rested when you wake up in the mornings? Are you stressed or feeling overwhelmed by your classes?

Take time to evaluate how you are spending your time now and start to make little changes that help your state of mind while you are doing your school work and also while your relaxing-doing hobbies or things that you enjoy to do on your free time.

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Kei’s Answer

Hi Faith.

Working on school tasks can be overwhelming and stressful. One thing that I learned when I was in your situation was, I kept a list. I list down everything that I need to complete for school and put codes - High Prio, Med Prio and Low Priority. The high priority ones are the items that I need to finish right away and have due dates within 24-72 hours. The med ones have a week or more and the low ones can wait.

You can make your own calendar and put the tasks there. Do not forget to insert something there that will allow you to take a step back and do something that you enjoy - play an instrument, eat something you like, play games, cross stitch, go out with friends, anything that you love doing.

Hope this helps! Wishing you luck!

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Tiffany’s Answer

Hello Faith,

This is such a great question! I am a list maker and I find it very helpful to make list, I also find it helpful to prioritize my list. Once you have made your list try utilizing your calendar through your phone, it's helpful to set reminders.

While it's very important to study and work hard it's also equally important to have down time from studying. You have to create that balance so that you don't burn yourself out. Allow enough time in your week for studying and when that time is up enjoy yourself, whether it's reading a non-school related book, hanging out with family or friends or just watching one of your favorite TV shows. It's always a good idea to practice work- life- balance in your case school- life- balance, as you move into the next phase of your life .

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Samantha’s Answer

Hi Faith,

I often find it helpful to write almost everything down. My schedule, when it comes to school, is always written out in detail that way I know exactly what to expect. Writing things down and crossing them off when I have finished something can definitely help relieve some stress. Sometimes you get so overwhelmed that you don't think that you are making any progress but checking things off can help ease some of that stress. Another way to help ease some stress is to ask for help when you need it. This may seem like a hard task for some, but when you have people that you trust in your "circle" asking for help becomes much easier. As for studying, definitely review and rewrite your notes. repitition helps with so many things!

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Rachel’s Answer

You should start the year planning to study every day. Attend your classes. Do the homework. When you find a class difficult, attend office hours early in the semester. If you continue to struggle, get a tutor.

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