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Teenagers usuall have a lot of things going on at the same time. Therefore, getting organized will help get the most from study time. This will certainly result in better grades which will make the effort worthwhile. These study guidelines will help you stay focused, and applying them when you study, will help you feel less stress throughout the school year.
After a busy day at school, it's tempting when you get home to just throw down your backpack and chill, however, don't ignore rule one which is relaxing and getting a bite to eat. The problem is, though, if you chill to long, your homework gets pushed aside and forgotten. After cooling off or warming up, you can eat a nutritious snack since an empty stomach isn't a great way to start a study session. You might try having a power nap of 15-30 minutes as well to help your concentration after a long day at school. The whole point is to get yourself rested and your stomach full, so you can get busy and get at your assignments.
Before you begin working, get the space where you study clean and well organized and gather together all the materials you'll need for all your subjects. This includes pencils, pens, flashcards etc. if you're studying for a test. Have a look at your homework and start to prioritize. If a specific subject takes a long time, or if it's one your having difficulties with, do it first. This is rule number two. The way it usually goes is if you delay working on the hardest part of your studying you'll probably never get it done because you'll drag out your easier homework to avoid doing it. Rule three is therefore quite simple -- read the chapter highlights, so you'll understand the main ideas of the information, or the key points.
Rule four is important as well. The sooner you get busy working on your assignment the sooner you can get to bed. Studies have proven that the later it gets, you'll be able to concentrate less and your study becomes less effective. It takes twice as long if you get started later in the evening, than it would working during daylight hours or early evening since your body's natural hormones requiring sleep start to kick in the later it gets. Pumping caffeine into your body won't help because you'll crash a lot sooner than you would if you'd simply followed a better routine for studying.
Finally, while you're having a study session, make sure you take regular 10-15 minute breaks. A lot of high school students try to cram for an important quiz or test or finish a paper the night before it's due. This isn't a very good way to study, especially if you expect to get good grades. Of course, this rule to help you stay focused will work only if you apply the other four for studying. When you take breaks from your study routine, don't spend a long time doing it. Once again, you'll never get back to your homework. Also, don't gorge yourself on sweet foods either. As with loadsing up on caffeine, you'll crash once your sugar high wears off. So eat a light snack full of protein, walk around and stretch from time to time -- and then go back and study some more.
These techniques, if applied consistently, will help you get better grades and, more importantly, reduce your stress. Last minute studying or writing will result in less than desirable marks, and it doesn't have to be that way. Besides, if you study properly, you'll have extra time in which to participate in the activities you really want to do, including spending time with you family and friends, or just talking on the phone or surfing the Internet. Avoid getting into the habit of getting into a bad routine, rather start the last four years school with a positive attitude each year. Once you get used to it, you'll enjoy having your routine worked out, and it's a good way to transition from high school to college or a job. It's simply a matter of practice and commitment.
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