Having a Brain Drain? School seemed simple when you were younger.
Everyone told you where to go, what classes to take, and how to finish your homework.
Now things are different; there are so many choices and priorities competing for your time.
Stretch yourself too thin and you may find yourself feeling stressed out. Here are some things you can do to help regain control:
Plan ahead by reading.
Do advance reading like you are going to take a test.
Try not to fall behind.
If you feel yourself falling behind and starting to feel frustrated, let your instructor know.
It's better to get help early on than to wait and think you can ace the final if you spend a few nights cramming.
Almost everyone struggles with a particular subject or class.
If you're having trouble with a particular subject ask for extra help after class.
Taking a few minutes to address the problem right away can save time later,
and if your instructor knows that you're struggling with something,
he or she is likely to be more understanding of the situation.
Listen up. Paying attention in class can actually pay off in the long run. Sure, it's often easier said than done,
but actively listening and taking notes during lectures can make recalling information easier when it comes time to study and remember things.
Quizzes and Testing
Quizzes and Tests are not like the 'Old Days,' for they may have more information in the body of the question than your answer needs.
There maybe right wrong answers where the numerical solution you get is one of the answers. Pay attention to unit conversions.
Get enough sleep. Studies show that teens need at least 8½ hours of sleep each night to feel rested.
But as we get older this can change as well as your routines.
So plan ahead if there is time zone change and the instructor is likely to know what students come from far-far away places.
Remember, sleep deprivation can lead students to fall asleep in class (embarrassing if you're caught!) and can also make it hard to concentrate.
It can be more productive to get the sleep you need than it is to stay up late cramming:
A recent study found that students who got adequate sleep before a math test were nearly three times more likely to figure out the problem than those who stayed up all night.
Establishing a good relationship with the instructor helps them be more understanding and they'll be able to help you catch up.
Here are some more things that can help put you ahead in school:
The old saying "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" is never more true than when you're going to school.
Students are more alert and perform better in class if they eat a good breakfast.