Welcome to today’s video. Today, I will talk about some of the ways you can improve your grades at school. So, we will explore things like how to study, what your schedule should be, how to manage your time with friends, family and what you can do right now to improve your productivity. So, let’s get right into it.
First, how do you study for school?
Well, the only way, you will have a shot at doing really good at school is by making school your first priority. There are tricks that can speed up your learning, retention but I think 80% of your success depends on how much priority you give your school over other stuff like friends, family, video games, etc. The best way I found you can do really good in school is by preparing yourself early, reviewing the materials often and actually see school as a great launchpad for your future. If you do not study, if you do not pass that exam, you will have trouble getting in college or get your degree. And it might greatly affect your chances of getting a well paid job. So, make sure no matter what you do, school or learning is one of your top 3 priorities.
Next, how do you manage school, work or your friends?
You see, we live in a society and everybody is different. So, it’s not necessary that your friends or the people you hangout with will be like minded. Some might be way better than you at studies and others might be way behind or might not take school seriously. And there is a great saying, who you hang out with is who you become. What that means is, if you hangout with the wrong group, you will find yourself becoming like them. But if you hangout with the ones that are serious about success and want the same for you, you will find yourself or pick up things that will make you successful. And odds are very well, they will also support you. So, first ask yourself, the people you are hanging out with, are they like you. Do they have similar or same goals like yours? And are they actually putting in the work to achieve their goals? Are they getting good grades? Are they successful at school? And most importantly, do they support you or are you just hanging out because you have nobody else to hangout with? The answers from this question will help you broaden your mind and see your immediate group from a fresh perspective. Your future is at stake, so, don’t worry about how they might react, etc. Sometimes you have to let go of bad habits, bad company and give your goals more priority. If you can balance your time with your friends, family and the amount of studies you have to get done, then that’s awesome. But if that’s not possible then you just have to suck it up and say no to certain things. But always, keep your school or at least learning new materials a priority to help you achieve your goals.
Anyhow, let’s talk about some of the practical things you can do to study and make sure you are able to take all the stress from school and other stuff. The first thing you have to get right is your sleep. You must make sure you are getting sufficient sleep each night to be at an optimal level. If you find that sleeping 8 hours works for you, make sure you sleep 8 hours each night. If you find that you need to sleep 10 hours or more, then, do whatever you have to to get that amount of sleep. Next, you have to take care of your health. If you eat right and specially foods that are great for your brain or helps you develop a better memory, more beneficial they will be for you in the long run. So, do things like workout, go for a walk and make sure your diet consists of protein, little carb, Omega-3, vitamins, etc. And it’s easy to forget these things, so on your phone setup reminders of these things to make sure you will not forget.
Now that you have a good idea that school just doesn’t depend on tricks or studies but your environment and health plays a role, let’s explore what you can do right now to study very smart. The first thing you have to do is learn this technique called the Pomodoro. It’s just a fancy name to better manage your time commitment with anything. And here are the rules. First, get yourself a timer, your phone should have a timer built in. Next, set your timer to expire in 25 minutes. During these 25 minutes, you cannot talk to anyone, you cannot use your phone, and even if someone sends you a text or wants to talk to you, you have to ignore all of that. During these 25 minutes, the first thing you have to do is quickly review any new materials, and study. And during the last 5 minutes of your 25 minute block, you want to review what you just read again. After the 25 minutes is up, you want to take a 5 minutes break. So, during this time you can do anything you want, just don’t do anything related to your studies. These 5 minutes will allow your brain to sort whatever you just read and give it some breathing room. After your 5 minutes break is over, you want to start your 25 minute cycle all over again and continue with your studies and the same rule applies. After you have finished your 25 minute cycle 4 times and 5 minute break cycle three times, you want to take a 15 minute break. So, during your long break you can eat, go for a walk or just take a nap if you want to. Usually, by the time you finish the 4th 25 minute block, you most likely will be done for the day. But if that’s not the case, you can start again after your 15 minutes is up.
Now, here are some ways you can hack pomodoro. Perhaps, you notice that 5 minutes break really isn’t working well for you. You have the luxury to change it around. So, if you want to take 7 minutes break instead of 5, then go for it. Or if you want to increase or decrease your 25 minutes block to 20 or 30 minutes, you can do that too. But you always have to make sure you are maintaining the cycle and taking breaks to give your brain some rest.
So, now that you know how to study, let’s explore some ways you can learn more quickly. The quickest way you can learn is by getting a tutor or doing group studies. If someone already figured out the tricks, you will have a much easier time to learn from him or her than trying to do it all on your own. Although with the pomodoro technique you will find yourself learning more on your own. But you can aid your learning even more by referencing more sources. So, don’t rely on just the book your school gave you, also read other books, go online, watch videos and you will find yourself learning faster and quicker ways to solve a problem. I know I just gave you a ton of stuff to think about but these are some of the ways you will have a higher chances of success at school. Ok, let’s quickly recap what we just talked about.
First, make sure you are are getting enough sleep. Next, make sure you are eating the right foods, vitamins and drink sufficient water. Then, you are surrounded by like minded positive people. Try to make new friends or at least befriend the people who are achieving good results at school. And finally, you want to use the pomodoro technique to study and reference multiple sources to learn more about the subject.
I made this video, because I really wish I knew these things or at least thought about them when I was in school but I didn’t. So, I hope that this video will be helpful to you and I hope you do really good in school. For more life changing contents, please subscribe today! Thank you!