High school organization is important to a student’s academic success This is a very important time and students need to be prepared for classes.
Organization tips for high school students involve stress management, time management, good study habits, and living a healthy lifestyle
1. Get enough sleep. Studies prove that teenagers need 8-9 hours of sleep per night. Try to set a reasonable bedtime to avoid taking late afternoon naps which alter your sleep schedule. Limit the amount of time to spend on Social Media and other forms of technology.
2. Get exercise. Physical activity will help you sleep better and feel healthy.
3. Eat nutritious meals and restrict the amount of caffeine in your diet. Caffeine is a stimulant which affects your nervous system and your sleep. Experts strongly maintain that eating healthy meals, including breakfast,
improves academic performance and well-being. Also limit the amount of sugar and fat in your diet. (That means fast foods should be limited)
4. Limit multitasking. Studies prove that trying to do more than one thing at
a time reduces memory retention and is not efficient. This means while doing
homework turn off your cell phone, IM’s, Facebook, etc.
5. Limit extracurricular activities. Extracurricular activities are great when they are enjoyable and stress relievers. If the time commitments of your extracurriculars are affecting your academic performance and well-being, reexamine your priorities. ( that means the amount of hours you work on a school night)
6. Don’t procrastinate. Procrastination is stressful and can lead to feeling overwhelmed. Break long term projects into manageable chunks and use your directed study/free time in school to complete daily assignments and to
keep up with your reading.
7. Take time to relax. When feeling stressed, most people tend to breathe short, shallow breaths. This causes muscle tension. Monitor your breathing throughout the day and if you are tense, take several deep slow breaths and relax all your muscles. The school nurses have set aside a small room in the health office for relaxation and stress reduction. Stop by and visit.
8. Communicate. Keep lines of communication open with your teachers, your counselor and your parents as well as your friends. Discussing your problems can help clear your mind of confusion so you can concentrate on problem
9. Challenge yourself academically, but be realistic about your abilities and personal goals. Teachers are here to help you reach your potential but everyone is an individual and ultimately you will need to find the right
balance between academics, extracurricular activities and personal needs to meet your goals.
10. Be optimistic. Forgive yourself and others easily; most people are doing the best they can. A positive attitude will enhance your high school experience.
THIS IS THE BEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE ENJOY IT AND LEARN!