How to Become an Organized High School Student
12 Tips to Help Keep You Organized to Get Good Grades
Being a high school student is a hard job and getting good grades is difficult with all of the other pressures of being a teenager. Why does a high school student need good grades? Mostly, to be offered better opportunities than a student would get that has poor grades. Good grades help students get into better colleges and give them more of a chance at getting scholarships to help pay for those colleges.
The following tips are designed to help high school students stay organized and get the best grades he or she is capable of:
1) Pack your book bag the night before: To make sure to bring everything needed for the next day's classes, it is helpful to review your next day's schedule and go over everything needed for all classes, including gym, and money for lunch. Waiting until the last minute the following morning when you are tired and rushed allows much more of a chance to leave something behind.
2) Manage Your Time: When you have to be somewhere, whether it be at school, practice after school, a meeting, an exam, etc. set your alarm on your clock or cell phone 15 minutes earlier than when you have to leave to remind yourself how much time you have before you need to leave. Getting places on time helps relieve stress and keeps you calm.
3) Use a student planner: And use it every day to keep up with assignments. If your school doesn't give out planners to students, it will be worth it to go to Walmart or Staples and get yourself a student planner so each day you will be able to write down and keep track of what assignments are due when, and for which class. It can help you plan out when research papers are due, so you don't have to wait until the last minute to get started, and can write on your calendar which days you will work on your paper. It will also help you keep track of practices and meets if you are an athlete, games and band competitions if you are in the school band, etc.
4) Write a Master List: For certain assignments or quizzes which happen to be on the same day each week, write a master list of days, and post it on your bedroom door where you will see it each day. For instance, if you have a spelling test every Tuesday, write on your Master list "study for Spelling test" on Mondays. If a Current Event assignment is due every Friday, write "find a current event" every Thursday.
5) If you have poor handwriting, always type assignments: And also don't forget to use Spell Check. Not only will your assignment be neater and easier for the teacher to read and correct, but you will be teaching yourself the proper spelling of words. At some point in your high school career, you may want to take a keyboarding class to help you get your typed assignments done more quickly and with better accuracy.
6) Have a space in your home reserved for just doing homework: This could be in your room, a shelf in the kitchen, a desk in the den, etc. Make sure it is a place where you won't be distracted. Have everything you will need for assignments nearby, such as pens, pencils, a calculator, dictionary, Thesaurus, etc. This way, you'll always be prepared and won't have to continually interrupt your studying to go into another room to find a pen or calculator. This could lead to distraction by a family member, or a TV show, and could cause a loss of valuable study time.
7) Do plan study breaks when you feel you need them: Hours and hours of studying in the same place and the same position will make you sore and tired. Tell yourself you will work on two subjects till you have them done, take a 45-minute break and then work on the next subject. It will give you something to look forward to, and give you a sense of accomplishment to have finished some subjects already.
8) Start a study group with other classmates: Study groups make studying for tests much easier because as a group you can compare notes, ask each other questions that will be on the test, etc. The group can meet at different group members homes for variety, or at the school library. Everyone learns together, and it makes the experience more meaningful.
9) Take notes in class that you can actually read later on: Take notes neatly. As you review the notes later, write down questions that you can ask in class to help your grade in class participation. Also, trade notes, or make copies of notes with at least one other person in class so you can pick up on other information you may have missed in your notes.
10) Use different colored folders for each class: This will help you can keep track of which homework goes in which folder for a certain class. This will help stay organized for each of your classes.
11) Sit up front in a classroom if you have trouble concentrating: If you have trouble paying attention in a certain class, or staying awake, make sure to sit up front. Sitting up front will keep you in front of the teacher and hopefully awake enough to pay attention. Or if there are classmates in a class that talk too much and distract you, sit away from them so you can concentrate on what the teacher is saying. It may be hard to do this if you are friends with the chatty peers, but your grade will be better because of this decision.
12) See the teacher: If you are struggling with a subject, don't wait till just before the test to see the teacher. Find out in advance what days that teacher stays after school so that you can meet with them before you get too far behind. If you wait until the day before the test to meet with the teacher, and they have a personal emergency and can't stay, it could seriously affect your grade in a negative way if you don't understand the material on the test day.
Hopefully, you have found all or at least some of these tips helpful, and this will enable you to achieve better grades and a less stressful high school experience.
© 2012 Karen Hellier