One of the most impactful things you can do for yourself is to really think through your learning style and your homework style. Maybe you make use of study hall during the day to use as focus time or try setting up a study group with your friends so you have accountability buddies. Most important is to learn how you learn.
Thanks Katharine for these words of wisdom! It does no good to study in the morning before school if your brain is still asleep! Nor to try memorizing flashcards if you are more of a 'concept' person. Learning what works for you will pave the way to success in college. You can study a whole lot faster if you aren't wasting time with techniques that don't work for you. If sports is a part of your life, you will find a way to make it all work out. But remember, academics comes first!
Ask yourself, what other activities are taking up your time instead of focusing on homework? Your primary goal should be to gain knowledge, comprehend the material, and apply it through homework assignments.
If social media, video games, or sports are consuming too much of your time, it's time to reevaluate your priorities. To achieve success in college, dedicate yourself to your high school subjects, as this will pave the way for a smoother transition to higher education. In the long run, you'll be grateful for the effort you put in during your high school years.
High school homework may depend on what classes you enroll in. If you are involved in sports you will need to master the art of time management. It may seem overwhelming at first but once you find your rhythm it will become a lot easier. Here are some tips that helped me:
1. Learn the best way your brain retains knowledge. Some people prefer to take notes in class and memorize key words and concepts. Notes were fine for me, but I found myself drawing diagrams which helped me visualize the classroom discussion. If you find you retain auditory information better than notes or drawing diagrams, ask your teachers if you can bring an audio recorder to record the classroom conversation.
2. Try to break up large homework assignments into smaller, more easily manageable tasks. For example - try to start a reading assignment at lunch and finish it on the way to\from practice. Try to do homework in chunks of time with a small break in between.
3. Try to do your homework as soon as you can. The fresher the information is in your brain, the more likely it is to stick with you during test time.
Hope this helps. Don't worry, you dot this!
The amount of homework you'll have depends on your classes.
Honors classes or college level classes (such as AP, IB, or Dual Enrollment) may give you more work.
Some students can finish that type of classwork, while some students work better with normal level subjects. It depends on a person's capabilities to handle rigorous subjects.
Since sports require solid time and commitment, if you're passionate about joining a team (or teams), you can stick with normal classes.
Setting up a study plan can help you a lot! By having a strategy for tackling schoolwork, you'll have a easier time balancing your sports commitments with your academics.
Here's a step by step guide for creating a study plan from Cornell University:
Sending you good vibes as you balance homework and sports! :)
You've asked a brilliant question! I wrapped up my high school journey about a decade ago, and I can tell you, squeezing in homework time was always a bit of a puzzle. But don't worry, I'm here to share some handy tips that made a world of difference for me back then:
1. Top of the list - make homework a group activity! Get together with your classmates and tackle it as a team. This was a game-changer for me as it allowed us to swap ideas and assist each other on tricky topics. Plus, it's a great way to master the art of "Teamwork", a skill that'll serve you well in the long run.
2. Set aside some quiet time each day for those particularly demanding tasks. A peaceful outdoor spot could be perfect for this. This strategy was a lifesaver when I had to study lengthy texts and summarise them. Over time, you'll figure out which assignments you can handle solo and which ones benefit from a group effort.
3. Don't forget, you're not alone in this! Don't hesitate to ask your friends or teachers for help if you're struggling with a question or racing against a looming deadline. The sooner you speak up, the better. It shows your teacher that you're committed and eager, but perhaps just need a bit more time. If you're having a rough week and need extra time to finish your homework, have a chat with your teacher and work out a solution together. It's always better to do this sooner rather than later!
4. Keep your body fueled with good food, plenty of water, and regular exercise. This will boost your energy levels, helping you stay focused and continue to enhance your skills through study.
I hope you find these tips helpful. Cheers!