Marissa is the writer of ThePracticalMommy and the blog Mommy Knows What's Best. She is a stay-at-home mom to four and was a teacher.
School Does Not Equal Boredom
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.
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
For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.
- Homework should be completed the night before school at your house and not in homeroom.
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.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Question: What do I do if I don’t have anyone to sit with at lunch?
Answer: You can look around at lunch and find an empty seat. You can ask those at the table if the seat is taken. If they say no then you can sit there. You can sit quietly and listen to conversation, and chime in if you have something useful or entertaining to add to the conversation. If that table doesn't work out, repeat the process until you find a friendly table.
Question: What should l do if l don't have friends at school?
Answer: First of all, remember that school isn't just for socializing. It's for learning. If possible, to make some friends you can join a club or a sports team. If you're having trouble making friends at school, join an activity that's outside of school. Until then, focus on learning as much as you can and becoming an awesome adult some day.
Question: What I should do if I am feeling lonely in class?
Answer: As you should be in class learning, you should save any socialization for lunch or breaks.
Question: What should I do when I get bored in class?
Answer: You can start to be an active participant in the class. You can take notes, ask or answer questions, start a discussion, or a number of other things.
Question: I have a pet at home and I love to play with her. I don't have any friends at school nor do I find anything interesting. I hate to sit for a long period of time at school. I also have sleep issues (insomnia) due to which I miss classes. What should I do?
Answer: First, if you are having trouble sleeping, I suggest you speak with a doctor. Second, sounds like you may be an introvert, someone who prefers to be alone or in small groups. There's nothing wrong with that. You can bring a good book to read during times when there's a lot of other interaction, such as during lunch or recess. School may seem boring, but you need to find ways to be interactive and participate, even if in just small ways. It will make the time pass much more quickly.
Question: How do I enjoy school more if my teacher never calls on me?
Answer: Have you spoken to your teacher about this concern? I would speak to your teacher and ask why. You may also want to consider how you are answering or asking any questions. Make sure that you stay on topic and don't distract the rest of the class.
Question: What if the teacher hates your guts, even when you're trying to be a good student? When you confront her about it, and she gets mad. What do you do?
Answer: As a student (assuming you're in high school), you shouldn't confront a teacher about a topic like that. Rather, you should speak with your parents about it and they can speak with the teacher. if it's an issue that is affecting your learning, they can also speak with the principal.
Unfortunately, not all teachers are kind. if you are doing well in class, I would just keep on doing what you are doing to get through the rest of the class. Hopefully you have other teachers who are kind.
Donkeykong on August 17, 2020:
What if you're depressed and don't see the point of school anymore? My parents force me to do schoolwork but I feel as if I'm only learning for them and there's no benefit for me.
500 on December 03, 2019:
To be honest I want to drop out because depression
Anonymous on November 28, 2019:
What do I do when I've lost almost all the drive and self-motivation I had the year before? I can't imagine myself being able to put the same effort in the way I did before. Stuff last year seemed more effortless, but now I'm struggling with the simplest stuff and I seem to get irritated with people and the work I do every day. Maybe because I'm a senior? I already make good grades, but now it's difficult to keep it up. It's like I've burned up all the energy I had left.
Rudrani on June 06, 2019:
thanku sooo much.these tips are really helpful.
hildah on March 14, 2019:
very helpful indeed thank you for the tips.they will really help in my preparations for my exams
Rumbie on February 03, 2019:
This article was helpful...Thank you so much
Arshu on November 11, 2018:
Wow. Nice actually I want to study in American school but I cant
Emma on September 30, 2018:
I Play volleyball too! For alabama university 2018!!
Jake on August 16, 2018:
this is what kids are forced to do it doesnt make them enjoy it
Hama on June 06, 2018:
Oya mokada karanne
alireza on June 01, 2018:
huh well in our school we dont have any club or such things and these subjects like music and home economy and ... and none of those things you said worked for me maybe because of the diffrence between our school and european school
Godfrey on May 06, 2018:
I need to go study at a bet school I looking for the space to study at a bet school
Adeeb on May 01, 2018:
This Article was indeed very helpful,
Marissa (author) from United States on November 27, 2017:
Jocy, I'm truly sorry to hear that.
Jocy on November 26, 2017:
My school doesn't have electives we can pick. :(
Instead, for our extra classes, we just go to a random teachers room and they pick the subject (has to be approved by principal) and we just stay there for the rest of the semester and switch when the next semester comes.
Marissa (author) from United States on December 04, 2013:
Emma Sophie, what a great attitude to want to help yourself! Best of luck in school and all of your endeavors!
Emma Sophie on December 04, 2013:
We don't have that great clubs...
I have like 15 classes and i like only lest say 4 out of them..
But maybe I can help myself getting it being interesting for me if you understand me (:
Marissa (author) from United States on August 09, 2013:
Thank you, Tillsontitan!
Mary Craig from New York on August 08, 2013:
Great advice and of course perfect timing with school starting soon in some places and already opened in others. Many students and parents could benefit for your sage advice!
Voted up, useful, and interesting.
Marissa (author) from United States on August 05, 2013:
Emma Sophie, they don't offer classes like that? Is there somewhere local, like a club, that offers such classes?
Emma Sophie on August 05, 2013:
I live in Germany and I'm not able to choose my classes, ok I can choose if I will get subject x or y but I can't have the cool subjects I would love here, like fashion and photography...
Marissa (author) from United States on March 13, 2013:
lotuswing , I'm glad you found this article helpful. Thanks for reading!
Sandeep Kumar from Faridabad on March 10, 2013:
I really enjoyed your article, really very helpful
Marissa (author) from United States on August 23, 2012:
teaches12345, thank you very much for your comment! School can be tough for some people who just don't realize they can make it fun for themselves. :)
Marissa (author) from United States on August 23, 2012:
Glimmer Twin Fan, it does seem that teens will tune anything out from their parents, and that is why I wrote the article directly for teens. I figured they might just listen to me! ;) Thanks so much for reading and commenting!
Dianna Mendez on August 21, 2012:
This is a great hub for all the children and adults returning to school this fall. It is encouraging and has all the necessary tips to make the year successful. voted up.
Claudia Porter on August 21, 2012:
Really useful hub for kids and easy for them to read and follow. Sometimes coming from a parent these lessons get lost, but it helps when it is presented like this.
Marissa (author) from United States on August 21, 2012:
Devin, thanks so much for your comment! I too was prepared and involved as a student, and it did make such a difference in how I viewed school. As a teacher, I gave these tips to my students every year, and sometimes several times a year.
Thanks for reading!
Marissa (author) from United States on August 21, 2012:
gmarquardt, I'm glad you like the article! I should change the clubs to 'Foreign Language Club' to include all languages, I guess. :D Thanks for reading and commenting!
Devin Kaufman on August 20, 2012:
As a straight-A student, I can honestly say that the tips in these articles will not only make school less boring, but will improve your grades drastically. School is much more fun when you're prepared for everything and not stressed about getting that assignment done by fourth period ^.^ haha.
gmarquardt from Hill Country, Texas on August 20, 2012:
No German club? Tsk tsk! Informative and well done, so thinks this teacher! I wish all my students would pick up these habits!