Well, you made it through your first semester of the year. It may have been tough as nails for some and a breeze for others. From school work to philanthropy events you have been busy, you may have taken some shortcuts that may have not been the best choice, you may have stayed out too late when you should have been studying for that big test you have the next morning, or you may have not been focused on what you need to be focused on. Well, luckily for you it’s a new year, but is it still the old you?
As we encroach on a new semester, many of us have set new goals for ourselves. May that be getting better grades, to staying away from the jerks, or to be more involved in your sorority. Spring semester can be your best friend or your worst enemy. You’re going to have to focus and work hard in order for this semester to be your best friend. Here are some pointers of how you can stay focused this semester!
Tip No. 1- Stay off your phone while studying or in class!!
No one is more important than your education!! Just put it away! Cell phones are a major distraction when you are trying to focus! I promise that your friends will be there after class!
Tip No. 2- If you have to listen to music while you study then listen to classical music
Classical music doesn’t have words which is better to listen to when you are trying to focus. When you listen to music genres such as country, rap, or any other genre in that matter while you are studying the brain doesn’t know what to focus on more because what you are listening to and what your trying to study is being processed by the same part of your brain.
Tip No. 3- Set goals and write them on sticky notes, put them somewhere you will see everyday
When you write down your goals and put them somewhere you will see them everyday because you will be constantly reminded of your goals. Set new goals each week!
Tip No. 4- Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Don’t be scared to go to your professors office hours to ask for help on an assignment, your professor is there to help you. If you don’t want to go to your professor for help then you can also go to a tutor! If you have any questions that you don’t want to ask anyone then your sisters are always available to help you! Most of your older sisters most likely have already taken your classes which is a huge advantage!
Tip No. 5- Highlighting notes and rewrite them
Don’t be afraid to mark up your notes! Highlighting and color coding your notes will help you find important information you need to know. Then you can rewrite it which will help put it in your memory. I find that reading your notes out loud helps too!
Tip No. 6- Free yourself from distractions
Shut off all of your electronics, your social media and your TV, sit down at a desk in a chair, not your bed and study. This way you are free from distractions and you are able to focus better. If you can’t focus in your dorm room then go to the library and find a quiet area or study with a group if that’s what helps you.
Tip No. 7- Study buddy
If you can’t sit in a room alone and study then get a study buddy, someone like a sister that is responsible and yall can give each other motivation!
Tip No. 8.- Study breaks
Every hour you study you should take a 10 minute break to close your book and relax for a few minutes. Don’t take a long break because this will de-motivate you and you wont want t0 get back to work.
Tip No. 9- Reward yourself when you make an A on a test
May this be a bar of chocolate, a shopping spree, or a mani pedi do something to reward yourself when you do well on a test because this will keep you focused and make you want to do well!
Tip No. 10- Make lists and write in a planner
I am a visual person and like to make lists or write things in my planner! Doing this helps me to stay organized and when i write a list and i’m done with one of the tasks it feels amazing to be able to cross something off the list!
I hope these tips help you all, I myself have trouble focusing in school but I believe that these tips will help. In my high school I had mainly coaches as my teachers so classes weren’t very challenging. Then I got to college and had a huge wake up call, I realized that I was no longer in any blow off classes, I had to use every fiber in me to sit down and focus on my school work. It is possible, all you have to do is believe in yourself, set goals and work on achieving them!