Gadgets for Back to SchoolJuly 28, 2019
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The start of a new school year is a great time to develop
better study habits. These simple, but
effective tips, can yield significant results.
- Have a designated, quiet, study space. After a long day of classes, students often
want to retreat to the comfort of their own room, but research shows that doing
homework in bed can hurt concentration and sleep schedules. Relaxing and working in the same space often
leads to confusion, making it harder for students to focus while doing homework
and contributing to unnecessary stress once it’s time for bed. By having a
specific space for schoolwork inside the home, whether a desk in their room or
another room in the house, students’ brains are better able to separate work
and relaxation, making their studying more productive and their downtime more
- Keep a tight after school routine. Once home resist the temptation to meander
about before getting to work. Having a
regular routine is a great way to develop healthy study habits. Setting aside specific time for a snack,
homework, screen time, and studying ensures that students aren’t all work and
no play. A set evening schedule also
helps relaxation before bedtime and prevents unnecessary stress, which can
limit a good night’s sleep.
- Take breaks during homework and studying. That’s right, it’s better to take occasional
small breaks instead of trying to power through assignments. Experiment to find the best balance of work
and break time and then set a timer to make it work. This will help prevent fatigue and improve
- Although they are a huge part of our lives,
limit smartphone usage at night.
Educators often recommend keeping phones and chargers away from beds, or
better yet, in other rooms; removing the temptation for late night social
stimulation. If necessary, buy an
inexpensive alarm clock to avoid keeping the phone nearby.
- Create realistic goals and deadlines – low level
ones for completing homework and current assignments, and higher ones for
longer range projects and essays. Goals
like doing an hour of homework before dinner are a great way to be productive
without creating stress. Small goals can also break up otherwise daunting tasks
into smaller segments. Setting deadlines
for creating an essay outline, writing the first draft, etc., will help in
getting work done in a reasonable amount of time.