Adults often envy how carefree kids are. Parents take care of everything for them and all they have to do is to just go to school. Adults may lament kids do not cherish this easy part of life and they worry about quite pointless things.
However, what adults fail to remember is the long nights of studying to prepare for examinations. There is also the stress of competing with other students at school, hoping to come out better in order to have a higher chance of entering their dream university. The fatigue body that comes home after a long day in school, only to take out piles of homework from the school bag. This does not sound so appealing anymore.
This is something that high school students have become accustomed to. After adding extracurricular activities and family responsibilities, a student’s workload could be equivalent to the workload of an adult or possibly more.
For many students, it is difficult to maintain adequate level of energy after a whole day of learning. As a high school student, what could be done to help you in this situation?
Take part in exercising
Physical exercise can improve regulatory function of the nervous system, improve the nervous system’s ability to judge intricate changes in human activities, and make timely, coordinated, accurate and rapid responses; exercise can also make the human body adapt to changes in the internal and external environments and maintain body’s ability to carry out daily activities.
You may think that sports will take up precious study time. However, exercising allows the tired body to rest, reduce depression, loneliness and social isolation of young people.
If you are worried about not having enough time to exercise. Don’t worry, there are many forms of exercise which can be combined with learning. For example, you can listen to audio lectures or podcasts while riding a bicycle, or listen to audiobooks while running outdoors. Both are excellent choices. Now, take your friends along and ask each other questions while exercising!
Get rid of distraction
YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Tik Tok… these apps are all very exciting but they have a downside – social media can distract students when they are studying.
The easiest way is to stop using these apps, put the phone away, and uninstall apps that are not related to learning on the computer. For students who have not developed the habit of self-discipline, there are actually some resources they can use. For example, you can set screen time limits in apps such as Instagram and YouTube.
The “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” talks about the principle of first things first, which is especially important in this place. There is a very simple solution. Take a few minutes to write an evening study plan at home.
＊Create a simple list of all the things that need to be done;
＊Arrange things in the list according to their priorities;
＊Arrange some short breaks in the list;
＊Put it where you can see it.
I hope this suggestion can help you deal with things in an orderly manner. Planning helps reduces the time you think about what’s the next step and improve execution.
Establish mutual help groups
Forming a study group is a great way to study with your peers and supervise each other, ensure each other keeps to the schedule and don’t lag behind. When work is done, you and your friends could hang out and relax too. Students who do not do well studying alone will benefit from this. When forming a study group, it is better to ask only a small number of peers. In this way, scheduling for meet-ups is easier and reduces time waiting for each other. If you encounter concepts that you do not understand, your peers in the study group may be able to help you.
Be sure to get adequate sleep
No matter how much homework you need to complete after school, make sure you have enough sleep time. Official data indicates high school students must ensure that they have 8 hours of sleep a day. Without enough sleep, you will not be able to perform at your peak the next day. Having a lack of sleep will even reduce your learning efficiency.
Be good at using the alarm clock in your hand to set a bedtime. When the alarm clock rings, put down everything on your hands and lie down in bed to prepare for sleep.
Ask yourself the following questions:
Do you really need to stay up late to complete all the tasks?
Do you have to hand it in tomorrow?
If you don’t do it tonight, do you still have time to complete the task?
Is it worth staying up late?
If the answer to these questions is no, go to sleep. Learning is important. But a healthy body is even more important.