The new school year is almost here. And if you’re here you might want to excel it, right?
And that’s wonderful because you’re in the right place!
I’ve gathered 30 tips from my own and other people’s experiences on how to be an organized straight-a student this year.
I’ve divided all the tips in 4 sections:
- organization tips
- in-class studying
- at home tips
- school attitude
Grab your notebook and write down all the things you find helpful.
Aaaand let’s get to the organization tips!
1. make the most out of your planner
Planner will help you a loooot if used right.
Identify what was important for you as for the last school year. Was it focusing on the whole month or weeks? Or maybe both?
Start creating more detailed plans, tasks, goals for a month, week, day, and even the whole year.
Write EVERYTHING! From today’s homework to what you’re gonna eat/ wear tomorrow.
2. create schedules and time block
If you want to stay organized you HAVE TO learn to manage your time wisely.
Creating schedules and time-blocking will help you.
There is lots of information on these 2 topics on the Internet ’cause I’m not a productive expert ~*yet*~ hahah
But I love creating simple schedules for the week/day ahead because my routine often changes. Something like this:
You can also set alarms, use a wall planner, set study time limits, make to-do lists.
Set your plans in motion and keep yourself and your time organized.
3. keep your space organized
Keep everything around you where it needs to be.
Clothes should be in the closet. Pencils and pens in a pencil case. Books on the shelf.
Use a 2-minute rule: if you know that doing something will take ~2 minutes then just do it.
See some dirty clothes in the corner? Go take it to the laundry.
There’s some mess on the table? Put everything at its place.
Need to revise previous material? Take out your flashcards or quickly go though the papers.
If it takes only 2 minutes then just do it! You’ll see how much your life will improve.
And having everything around you organized and clean will also improve your studying perfomance.
It’s like cleaning your space and having your mind clear as a bonus result:)
4. set goals
It is crucial to set goals if you want to stay organized and confident in your moves.
Small and big goals. Yearly and weekly.
You need to have something to strive for. Something to look forward to.
Some examples are:
- get better grades
- pass an exam with the highest score possible
- join clubs and activities
- aim for a’s. study harder. get a’s
But remember to not be too hard on yourself. Things happen. Goals fail. Grades can be low. Don’t worry much.
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You’ll get a cute printable with a nice system to have all of your goals in one place, ways to achieve them, the things you prioritize the most, and new habit/routine ideas!
5. create your writing system
Use color coding, take fancy and cute notes, draw a little.
Create your writing and notetaking system that works for you (and if it’s allowed in your school of course).
Being creative while studying will improve your performance and will help you stay more motivated.
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6. get ready the night before
If you want to be an organized straight-a student you need to start getting ready for the next day the night before.
Take 15-20 minutes in the evening to pack your bag, put all of your stationery, books, school necessities, prepare your outfit, and even lunch to feel less stressed in the morning and not run around the house looking for your stuff while being late to school.
Don’t be like that.
Be smarter. Prepare everything earlier:)
7. track your grades
Dedicate a special page in your planner/any notebook and write down every grade you get in a specific class.
It will be really helpful when you will need to determine how well you did that semester and how hard you need to study for an exam.
And it will also motivate you in some way. Seeing a not so good grade will probably make you want to study more to put an A near it hehe.
8. make study plans
When doing homework or revising for an exam, make a study plan.
Make a list of all the things you need to do at this time.
Write the hardest and the most important tasks at the beginning.
And at the end there should be easier and less important stuff.
It will help you because it is very likely that you’ll finish all the hard and important tasks in the beginning when you have more energy.
And when you’re becoming more and more tired there will be left only the things that won’t need much mental effort. (e.g. rewriting, revising flashcards, easy homework, etc.)
Let’s get to the tips that will help you while being in class!
9. be present in class
I’ve found out for myself that the more I am present in class and pay attention to what’s being taught the better I perform at the topic, and the less I need to study at home.
You don’t have to get involved in discussions if you have anxiety or you’re shy. That’s okay, don’t worry.
Just listen and follow the teacher.
If you struggle to concentrate and stay present try this exercise:
Take 3 deep breaths, try to fully focus on them. Then start paying attention to your toes.
How are your toes feeling?
Feel this part of your body.
Then move to the legs, thighs, stomach, all the way up to the head.
Once you feel your body and breathe deeply, start paying attention to the class.
10. write in blue ink
Studies have shown that writing in blue ink improves memory and remembrance of what you’ve just written.
So try it some time and see if it works for you.
11. come to class earlier
Try to come to class earlier than you usually do, especially if you’re always late.
You’ll have the extra time to prepare your desk, take out all the necessary things, revise the previous material, and be less overwhelmed.
Change something in your schedule to get to the class earlier. It’ll improve your life.
12. have 2 different notebooks for notes
Get 2 notebooks for 1 subject.
One use in class. Take messy notes, write extra information everywhere. Focus more on what the teacher’s saying than your calligraphy at that moment.
Another use at home for revising. Rewrite all the important information from the class notebook in a neater way. Use it for revising at home and school before an exam.
Writing 2 times the same stuff will drastically improve your memory and you will remember what you’ve written much better:)
13. sit at the front rows
Yes, there’s lots of fun at the back of the class.
But sitting at the front will make you hear the teacher better and you’ll be more focused, which of course will improve your grades.
14. do some homework at school
Do some homework during the lunch time to have more free time at home.
If you’ve eaten already of course, don’t stay hungry!
Your friends will understand, so don’t worry and don’t feel embarrassed.
15. don’t bite more than you can chew
Don’t get this extra credit work if you don’t feel like doing it, or you already have a lot of stuff to do.
Always prioritize your mental health. So if you feel you won’t survive another extra work, don’t take it. That’s alright. You don’t have to always do that.
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16. read in advance
If you have some extra free time, spend it on reading in advance.
If you know what you’re gonna learn tomorrow in class then read the material you have.
It will be easier for you to follow what the teacher is saying ’cause you already have some kind of a gist what’s going on;)
17. take breaks
It is very important to keep the balance of working and resting.
Here’s some helpful info:
What you can do during the breaks:
- refill the cup of water
- do 20 squats
- other exercise + stretch
- eat a snack
- breathe some fresh air
18. research more information on some topics
If you struggle with something, don’t be lazy to look up more information on it.
Ask teachers, friends, go to the library if you can’t find anything on the Internet.
Sometimes when you don’t understand one thing, the whole further topic will be unclear to you.
So it’s better to take action right away to not fall behind.
It is also helpful to just know more.
Read articles, watch videos, look for study guides in addition to reading a textbook.
19. listen to calming music
If you struggle to concentrate while studying try to listen to some calming sounds.
There are bunch of them on YouTube.
Nature sounds, like raindrops, waves crushing, and forest sounds are the best for me.
But there are also piano, flute, sound baths that are helpful too.
Also, listen to your favorite music when you’re doing something that doesn’t need lots of mental effort. It will be cool, especially if the task is boring and easy.
20. motivate yourself
Studying is pretty hard. And it’s easy to give up. That’s why you should always motivate yourself and know where you want to go.
You can do that by listening and watching inspiring TED talks, documentaries, movies, podcasts, YouTube videos.
here’s also a cool tip:
You can dedicate a special page in your planner/bujo where you list the reasons why you have to study hard, all of your goals, and the amazing things you’re gonna have/reach if you study ’till the end.
Just push through and stay inspired!
21. start doing assignments and homework the day they were given
Start early. Do it thoroughly.
Even if the deadline is in a month. Just start and do it little by little.
You’ll be able to finish a long time before the deadline comes and you’ll feel super grateful that you’ve done it and don’t feel overwhelmed.
Same with your homework.
Do it the day it was given. The earlier the better.
I’ve done it sooo many times before and I always felt a huge relief.
Because you never know how much work you’ll have in the future and having even more won’t make you feel any better, right?
If the task is big, divide it into smaller parts and do it day by day.
It will help you to avoid burn out on this one specific work.
22. do all of your homework on Friday nights
A similar tip to the previous one.
Try to have your Friday evenings doing all of the homework given for the next week. Even for the next FEW weeks.
Once you do that, you’ll have more time to spend on yourself and loved ones during the weekend. And you’ll have less work to do during the week;)
And now, some attitude you should have:)
23. be more confident
Step over your insecurities and succeed.
If you really want that A then just go and get it!
If you work hard, start stepping outside of your comfort zone more, and be more confident in yourself then there’s no way you won’t succeed.
Go and join these clubs. Do that extra work for an extra grade. Raise your hand and ask questions. Participate in class discussions. Ask for help if needed.
Stop being afraid. You’ve nothing to lose and lots of A’s to get. You’ve got this!
24. don’t mind helping others, people will like you more
Try to help others whenever you can.
And no, I’m not talking about cheating on tests or something illegal.
Just simply sometimes help someone with their homework, or give some advice, help with an assignment, prepare for a test if you are good at something and have time.
People like people who help them.
But, also, don’t hesitate to say ‘no’ if you feel like it’ll get you in trouble. Prioritize your own success.
25. don’t hate teachers
Ahh, it’s so easy to say than do hah. I’ve been there. I still have some kind of negative feelings towards some teachers.
If you do too, don’t show it. Teachers like students who are nice and calm towards them.
But if someone’s behavior bothers you, don’t hold back telling about it someone else, especially your parents.
26. take care of yourself
Try to avoid burn out. Your health should always be in the first place. Because if there’s no health, there’s no accomplishment.
If your week has been hard, dedicate a day to relaxing and caring for yourself.
Take naps, long hot showers, meditate, watch a movie, cry to release things.
While chasing success, don’t forget that you’re a human being that always needs love and care. Give it to yourself.
27. stay away from drama and toxic friends
Don’t let yourself be bothered by some petty drama.
If someone/something sounds cool but you know and feel that they’re always dramatic, stay away. The further the better.
Look for friends that make you feel better and that you look up to.
Try to have people around you that inspire and motivate you.
28. say ‘yes’/’no’ sometimes
Find a perfect balance of agreeing and disagreeing.
If your friends are inviting you to a party but you know that tomorrow is an important exam that will “decide your destiny” then say ‘no’.
Don’t hesitate to reject things if you know they won’t bring you lots of goodness.
But if you know that you have been studying a lot lately and there’s nothing important coming up, then say ‘yes’ to friends or a movie marathon. Go and have some fun. You deserve it!
Just remember about this balance of studying and having fun if you want to be a successful student:)
29. have realistic goals
Don’t think of yourself as a superhero that can do everything.
Yes, you’re a superhero at some point. But you’re also a human being. We have limits.
Don’t overwork yourself or set unrealistic goals. Know your strengths and possibilities.
Yes, you should dream big, you HAVE to dream big for a desired success.
But there should also be a balance. Set goals that you know you have enough energy and will to achieve, but also add just a little bit of challenge.
But, please, don’t overwork yourself!!
30. don’t beat yourself up and celebrate every tiny victory
If you didn’t accomplish something, that’s alright. Try better next time. But don’t beat yourself up for this.
You’re, I’m gonna remind you again, a human being that makes mistakes. So everything is okay.
And, vice versa, celebrate your every tiny achievement.
You did your homework well? Great! Treat yourself to a snack.
Aced an important exam? Awesome! Do something fun!
Didn’t do much today? That’s cool, take a nap!
Encourage yourself and have fun, because, again, you deserve it!
To become a successful student you have to set an intention to be so.
Everything starts with a mindset, that’s why so many people are so successful.
I wish you lots of luck in a new study year!!
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