How to Learn to Enjoy School More
Be Involved in Your Education
How to Enjoy School More
Many students tend to equate school with boredom, but they are so wrong. Did you know that you can control how fun school is for you?
Yes, school can be fun, but it will take a bit of effort from you. After practicing the tips you'll find here in this article, school will become more and more enjoyable for you and worth your while.
Here you can learn how to enjoy school, how to earn good grades, how to join a sport, and how to join a school club.
How to Enjoy School and Make It Interesting
School is a place to learn and grow as a person. From preschool or kindergarten, you have been making more and more connections in your brain, learning the very basics and how to combine them into more complex thoughts.
Think about it: in Kindergarten, you learned your letters and the sounds they make. Now, without much thought at all, you can recognize those letters and combine them to make words or read the words from a book. You may not realize it then or even now, but your brain is completing some really complicated processes just for you to read and write!
School helps you to do that, and to condition your brain to complete many, many other tasks as you mature. But how do you make that all interesting?
Here are some helpful tips to enjoy school:
- Attend school on a regular basis. It is vital that you attend school every day. Each day of learning may build upon the next, and missing classes causes you to fall behind and add more work to your workload. Of course there may be instances when you need to miss school, such as for an illness, but try to be there as much as possible.
- Be prepared. Too many students arrive to school unprepared. Each night, pack your school bag, a lunch (or money if you buy it at school), prepare your outfit, and go to bed at a decent time. Doing all of this the night before prevents you from rushing around the next morning, forgetting things (like homework...) as you go.
- Get enough rest. As already mentioned, try to go to bed at a decent hour. By 'decent' I mean any hour that will not leave you tired the next morning when you need to get up early. As a teenager, you may need up to nine hours of sleep each night to feel rested. If you get up at 6 am to go to school, you should be in bed by at least 9 or 10 pm. Save staying up late for the weekends or holidays when you don't need to get up so early the next morning.
- Eat a healthy breakfast. Having a doughnut or skipping breakfast altogether are not healthy options when you need energy to get you through the first few hours of school before lunchtime. A bowl of cereal with some milk or some toast with a bowl of fruit will provide you with more energy, which will in turn help you to concentrate better during the early morning hours.
- Take classes that interest you, and make all others work for you. You may not be able to choose your core classes, i.e. English, math, or science, but you will be able to choose your electives. Electives may include Home Economics, Music, Foreign Languages, Photography, etc. Choose the classes that interest you or you think may be helpful to you when deciding on a career. As for the others, the core classes, that you must take, make them work for you. You may not be interested in the idea of writing an essay in English about a piece of literature, but it can become your opportunity to share your individual thoughts and ideas using language. You may not find interest in the equation to find 'x' in Algebra, but learning the steps and following them helps you solve every day problems in the future. The skills you learn by completing tasks such as that prepare you for more complex tasks when you become an adult.
- Participate in class. A sure way to remain bored in class is to sit at your desk and stare at the desk as the teacher presents a lesson. Want to make it interesting and make time fly by? Participate! Sure, most students think participating in class is only raising your hand to answer a question, but there's so much more you can do. Even if you're not required to do so, take notes as the lesson is being presented, writing down what you think is important to remember. Become an active listener by watching the teacher and following him/her with your eyes. Answer questions, even if you think you're wrong. Ask questions if you're not sure what's going on. Highlight important information on worksheets. Be a leader in group discussions or activities. Make connections between what you learn in class and what you do in every day life. Basically, the more you do, the more you can learn and the more interesting the class becomes.
By doing these simple things, school can become much more interesting. Why not give some of them a try?
Did you know that you could fail a subject or even a grade from not attending school? Yikes! Not only will you miss important lessons and assignments, but after missing so many days, you may be asked to provide doctor's notes or even be summoned to court with your parents to explain your absences. After so many days missed, you could automatically fail and be held back.
Make sure to attend school every day. Of course, if your legitimately ill or experience some other difficulty, it is okay to miss a day or two, but make sure to get all of your missed assignments and complete them in the time given to you.
Favorite Subjects in School
What is your favorite subject in school?
Tips on How to Get Good Grades
Take good notes
Study a little each day
Adopt good studying habits
Complete assignments on time
Follow all directions
Ask questions when confused
Do your best work
Seek help when you need it
How to Take Good Notes
How often do you study?
How to Get Good Grades
Are you determined to get good grades in school but find yourself frustrated at times when trying to do so? You may need to change the way you work and study to earn those good grades.
Work and study are two words that students tend to dislike, but they are the keys to success. Without them, it can be nearly impossible to earn the grades you seek. Earn is the important word here; students tend to think that they deserve the best grades, even when they didn't work for them. That's not how it works. The only grades you deserve are the ones you earn from putting forth your best effort and doing all you can to achieve your goals.
Here are some tips to achieve the best grades possible:
- Take good notes. As a lesson is presented, it's important to take good notes, meaning key words and phrases that you think represent what the lesson is about.
- Start studying from the first day of a new chapter or unit. Don't wait until the day before the quiz or test to study. Start studying the very first day with your new notes. With each new day, study any new notes or activities you received in class. Review the key concepts as you complete your homework. This all can be done in an hour or less every night. This way, when it's time for the quiz or test, you have been studying or practicing the key ideas for many days instead of cramming all that information into one long night of studying.
- Adopt good studying habits.Simply reviewing the notes silently will not ensure that you will remember the material. Try reading the notes aloud as you touch the words you read. Sound silly? It may feel that way at first, but believe it or not, the more senses you engage as you learn, the more you will remember. Another trick is to read through your notes and write down what the key ideas are in your own words. Also, try to study or complete your homework (which yes, is a form of studying) in a quiet, comfortable spot in your house. If you can't stand complete quiet, try listening to some quiet music. Just make sure that the music isn't too loud or distracting you too much!
- Complete all assignments on time. It's vital for you to complete all assignments in the amount of time provided for you. If your teacher gives you an overnight homework assignment, make sure to complete it that night, not in class as he/she is collecting it. If you're given a long-term assignment, make sure you have it completed by the date given. To keep track of all the assignments you may have, write down the assignments in an agenda and bring it with you to every class.
- Follow all of the directions. Simply completing an assignment how you feel it should be completed is not learning. Follow all of the directions to make sure you are taking the right steps in learning a topic.
- If you're confused about a topic or idea, ask questions for clarification. Don't feel as if your confusion is a bad thing, and don't let it go on too long. As soon as you are confused or need the teacher to clear something up, ask! Chances are there are others in the class who may need clarification as well. If you don't ask for clarification, you may not be able to complete an important step in a lesson, which can inhibit your learning.
- Do your best work and seek help when needed. If you really want the good grades, you're going to need to do your absolute best work. If your best work isn't getting you where you want to be, you can ask for help. Most likely, there is another student in class who can help you. If you're not comfortable asking a classmate, ask the teacher if he/she can give you some extra practice and help. Parents are a great resource for help, as well as the tutoring services offered by your school or local colleges.
All of the work and effort you put into your education should pay off with the good grades you can earn.
Learn How to Take Good Notes
Joining a School Club
Most schools have clubs for students either during the school day or after school. These clubs are designed with students' interests in mind and to help broaden horizons.
Here are some benefits of school clubs:
- Friendship with other students of similar interests
- Learn new skills
- Debate topics of interest
- Learn how to work as a team
- Develop leadership skills
- Have fun during or after school
As a bonus, being part of a school club can be good for college applications. Schools appreciate well-rounded students who venture out of their comfort zones to try new things or to further develop skills.
Usually, students can sign up for clubs at the beginning of a school year, but if not, consult your guidance office about clubs to join.
If there isn't a club that you're interested in, consider creating your own! By following your school's policies, you can come up with a plan for a club that interests you and others in the school. It will have to be approved and you'll need a teacher's guidance, but creating your own club can be rewarding as it is designed with you in mind.
List of School Clubs
Foreign Language Club
FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)
Joining a School Sport
Ever consider school sports? Joining a school sport is another way to find fun in school. Being a part of a team can help any student develop a good sense of school spirit.
Here are some benefits in joining a school sport:
- Become healthy and physically fit
- Develop physical and mental skills
- Make new friends
- Learn to work as a team
- Develop leadership skills
- Develop communication skills
- Learn time management skills
As a bonus, playing a school sport can be good for college applications. Schools like to see that you can balance school and being on a team at the same time and still do your best.
Win or lose, it's all in how you play the game! Playing sports in school can help you become a better you while providing some extra fun for you.
If you're interested in playing a school sport, contact your school's sports department and ask when tryouts or sign-ups will be for the sport you're interested in. To try out or sign-up, you may need to have a physical first to make sure you're able to play, plus your parents' permission.
After School Sports
Most sport activities occur after school. Just because you're busy after school doesn't mean you should neglect your homework or studying. Part of being on a team is having a sense of responsibility, especially when it comes to schoolwork. You may not be able to play if your grades drop too low.
When you return home at night, eat your dinner, relax for a few minutes, and then make sure to do any work or studying you have for the next day.
Enjoy School More
By following these tips, you can learn to enjoy school more than you have in the past. While it will take some time and effort, it will be all worth it when it becomes second nature to you and you can focus on maturing into a well-rounded, responsible person who will one day be out of school, working in the job of your dreams.