Holidays are over and school is back. Would you like your teen to be more productive this term? Have a read and bring these tips to your teen’s attention.
Sleep – when you’re freaking out about study, good behaviours tend to fly out the window and sleep becomes a luxury you can’t afford. Stop that thought pattern right now! Getting a good and solid night’s sleep gives you the energy, concentration and brain power you require to study effectively tomorrow. Exhaustion and brain-drain hinder your productiveness and performance.
Walk away – whether you can’t keep away from your study or hate it with a passion, you need to deal with your approach to it. Try this mindset tip – set an alarm for 50 minutes and study. As soon as it goes off, go and do something enjoyable for 10-15 minutes before you hit the books again. You have earned this break so make the most of it. Have a hot drink, talk to your family, pat the dog, enjoy the sunshine, do whatever makes you happy. Then set your alarm again and repeat. If you’re not a fan of study, try setting the alarm for 25 minutes and give it your best shot. But no distractions until the alarm goes off. Then reward yourself for 10-15 mins and get back into it. You never know, you may begin to enjoy your study.
Plan your study – create a timetable and schedule your study time and topics. Break it down into manageable chunks and factor in regular breaks and some hours off too. Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, even if it’s going for a walk.
Fuel food – no, don’t drink petrol! Enjoy a nutritious diet. Drink plenty of water, eat lots of fruit and vegetables and go easy on the processed foods. Consider asking your parents to prepare some of your favourite healthy meals and snacks to help you out during study times.
Stimulants – one or two coffees during the day is fine but avoid drinking so many you can’t sit still. Monitor your energy drink consumption, cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and other substances you think are helping you cope. The truth is, they’re not. You need to keep your mind clear.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help – you have a support network made up of family, teachers and friends. They’ve got your back so don’t be scared to reach out and ask for assistance and support.
There’s no failure, only feedback – what I mean by this is it comes down to your mindset. No one is wishing you to fail so don’t think about it. Flip it. Think about your success. You are where you are now due to your previous efforts. You have already succeeded and proven you are good enough to go beyond where you are now. The feedback is you will succeed and you are good enough!