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6 Ways to Kick Academic Butt from the First Day of School

 

It’s a new year, a new you and new goals have been set. For most of us this means jumping into the start of school with enthusiasm and the very best of intentions. However, these positive feelings tend to slip away as week one turns into week two and you get caught up in all sorts of other nonsense, only to neglect the goals you set in the very beginning. Here are some helpful tips to keep you focused, motivated and most important of all achieving those top results from the get go.

 

  1. Sleep

Our bodies need rest to reset our internal clocks and shut our brains off so that we can function optimally the following day. Make sure that you get enough sleep during the week in order to perform at your best. As tough as it may be force yourself to switch off that cell phone and hit the hay at a decent hour so as to avoid drifting off in class and missing out on valuable information.

 

  1. Get into a routine

From the first day of school make it a priority to set a routine for yourself and then stick to it. Plan each afternoon according to your homework load and tackle your schoolwork before you relax and get too comfortable on that couch. In order to attain those top results from the get go you need to start studying from the get go and putting your academics first. Prioritizing is key if you want to succeed in your efforts.

 

  1. Use the internet… for studying

As crazy as this may seem, the Internet is not only for surfing the fun sites and reading up on your friends Facebook profiles. There are in fact thousands of helpful websites out there overflowing with information, just waiting for you to open your mind and learn something new. Struggling with a new concept in physics or a complicated math problem? Look it up. The Internet can be a very helpful study tool and help you to grasp new work quickly.

 

  1. Take Notes

It can be a whole lot of fun to chat quietly in class or to laugh along with the class clown while the teacher is trying in vain to explain equations to you, but in the long run you are missing out. The information provided in class is essential to your understanding the workload as well as preparing for upcoming tests and exams. Make a habit of taking down notes or even keywords during all your classes and you will save yourself having a great deal of questions later and wasting precious prep time during exams.

 

  1. Ask for Help

There is no shame in needing a little extra help when your schoolwork gets a little complicated. The sheer volume of work and the pace at which you need to divulge it is scary. It has become increasingly difficult to keep up and stay ahead. Why not ask for help? There are some truly great private tutoring companies out there, such as Gutsy Tutoring, who provide tutors right at your doorstep. These seriously smart study buddies will give you the edge over your peers and ensure that you understand your all your material 110% while preparing you for the work to come. An academic ally is one of the best tools you can have in your pocket as you move through the school year.

 

  1. Believe in Yourself

It’s one thing to set awesome goals and to want to achieve them. But, it’s another thing to actually do it. In order to maintain those high marks and standards you have set for yourself, you have to have the right attitude to go along with it. School is tough and it is only going to get tougher. When you find yourself struggling with your workload or demotivated due to poor results it is so easy to give up and throw in the towel. Don’t. Keep reminding yourself that you are doing your best and maintain that positive attitude. If you can keep your head up and push on that is half the battle won.

 

Keep these tips in mind and start to practice them daily and you will find yourself constantly motivated, in control and achieving what you set out to do.

About the Author:

Carla-Mari Moore completed her BA Degree at the University of Stellenbosch with majors in English literature, Philosophy and Psychology. She then went on to attain her International Chef qualification and spent some time in the culinary world. She has been spreading her passion for helping others and her love for working with people by co-owning Gutsy Tutoring, Gutsy Green and blogging about what she loves and wants to share with others!

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