So I’ve been thinking about how I survived high school and currently trying to survive University. I came up with these five tips that I found worked for me back in high school and even now at Uni. These are strictly my opinion through what I found worked for me, it might not work for everyone but that’s ok find out what works for you and stick to it.
1.Eat a balanced diet:
And cue the eye rolls. I know what you’re thinking, that obviously, people know that eating healthy is good for them. But you know what? It’s hard eating healthy. Personally, I think it’s the process of preparing healthy meals that put most people off, as opposed to fast food you can just grab and go.
Fast food is satisfying for the moment, but a few months down the road you’ll be wondering where those extra pounds appeared from. I’m not telling you what you can or can’t eat, it’s your choice, but eating healthy is good for your brain and your body.
It assists concentration and memory functions, and in turn, this helps you retain new information easily. You don’t have to eat all the vegetables and fruits out there, but choose a few that you like and if you get curious about the rest, then try them out as well.
2. Read assigned textbooks:
Now I’m not going to pretend I do my readings on time. But when I have free time, I try to read them. And because reading textbooks is not fun, I tend to listen to classical music or lyric-less soundtracks.
Music with lyrics distracts you from reading because you’ll be subconsciously listening to the lyrics and singing along when you get bored of reading.
Listening to lyric-less music acts as background noise that makes you focus rather than the boring silence that makes you lose interest. I usually leave listening to music for when I’m working on assignments.
3. Ask people for help
Learning to ask when you need help is important for everything. I say learn because some people might find it difficult to ask because they are afraid of looking bad or rejection. I was guilty of this, but I’ve found that asking for help is as simple as drinking water.
If you’re asking respectfully and what you’re asking is not over the top, there is a 50/50 chance of getting what you ask for. Even if you don’t ask by mouth, technologies got your back, you can email or message the people you want to ask for something. Someone saying no is the worst-case scenario, so put your pride aside and just ask.
Teachers teach differently and students learn differently, sometimes you can get teachers that you barely understand. If you don’t understand your teacher or lecturers your grades will suffer. So, when this happens I suggest you try teaching yourself the subject.
Do your own research on topics you don’t understand, Dr. Google is very convenient when it comes to this since everything is literally at your fingertips. Read, ask for help and watch YouTube videos on your topic.
I did this a lot for my classes in year 12, which helped me. Another thing I used to do a lot back in year 12 is voice record myself reading out my notes. I would then play this over and over to help me remember what I need to.
This works for speeches and it also worked well for remembering steps or lists for tests. This method works great as repetition helps retain the information in your short-term memory. From short-term to your long-term memory through further active studying. Such as rewriting your notes, using flash cards or answering practice quizzes.
This extends from the point of asking for help. If I have learned anything from high school and now the university is that networking is a most.
You never know the value of Networking in high school because you’ve got your group of friends you’re tight with, which is good because you can then help each other out. However, you would want to build on this, talk to more people.
I don’t mean use people, don’t only talk to people when you need something. You can ask for help if you don’t understand something as this can turn into networking, but genuinely mean it. No ulterior motives.
So a few ways to get started is to create a study group or join one, join a Facebook group, I mean why not right? You’re all in the same boat you might as well help each other.
Thank you for reading, I hope you like all or at least one of these tips enough to implement it in your studies. Tune in for more.