How to Finish School Strong

As May is flying by, students typically start to slack off and get lazy. With EOC’s, finals, and big projects, the main goal is to stay focus and finish strong. Summer will be here before you know it.


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Tip 1: Stay organized! Take the time to get all your stuff together before the madness of finals begins. Having all your responsibilities together and in a list will make an incredible difference.

Tip 2: Don’t procrastinate. Devote some time to study and get your assignments done so you have more time to have fun in the sun!

Tip 3: Don’t cram! Cramming information the night before does not help! To succeed on your finals you need to be gradually studying every night. Pulling an all nighter is unhealthy and it never works. David Earnest, PhD, a professor with the Texas A&M College of Medicine who studies circadian rhythms (our 24-hour body clocks), says, “Your brain loses efficiency with each hour of sleep deprivation.”

Tip 4: Relax. Take some time for yourself and have fun away from your schooling, but don’t go crazy!

Tip 5: Adjust your attitude! Don’t be negative and reluctant to study. .

Tip 6: Get enough sleep! Students are known for staying up late and trying to cram a whole semester’s worth of information. Stray away from those late nights, getting more sleep can improve your performance in school! According to National Sleep Foundation, in a study of roughly 1,000 children and preadolescents, poor sleepers (who had difficulty falling asleep and woke up at least once a night) were significantly more likely to have school achievement difficulties.

Tip 7: Eat healthy. “Brain foods” get your body and mind going, which results in better grades. A study conducted by Michael L. Anderson, an economics professor at the University of California, collected test score data from about 9,700 elementary, middle, and high schools found that contracting with a healthy meal vendor correlated with increased student performance by between .03 and .04 standard deviations.

Tip 8: Stay positive! Surviving the last few weeks of testing can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to let the end-of-year burnout get you down. Revive the classroom spirit by focusing on the positive and staying motivated.

Tip 9: Be consistent. Developing a set schedule and getting a routine will help you become organized and focused for your last few weeks of school!

School is coming to a close and so are academic requirements. Following these tips will guarantee success for the end of the year.

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