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How to Battle Studys Greatest Enemy Procrastination
1. We would like to thank Lojain Al Ahmary for writing this article. Lojain is an eleventh grade High School student from Dhahran High School, Saudi Arabia. It s fantastic to be able to share a student s contribution on procrastination. It is high school students, after all, who understand better than anyone the reasons why so many of their peers procrastinate. .....
Procrastination Do not delay what can be done today
2. I have so much time left. Ill start it tomorrow. These were the thoughts going through Henrys mind when his history teacher notified his class that they would have an essay and a final exam in precisely a month. Well, it is two days before the submission date and exam, and Henry has not started anything. He is panicking, stressing, and cramming way too much information in his head on such a short amount of time. His fingers are vigorously typing, trying to meet the deadline. After submitting his essay on time and reviewing all of the information, Henry was able to accomplish both tasks that he had a month to do in two days. What happens after that? .....
What is procrastination
3. Perhaps the most common definition of procrastination is the postponement of a task. Usually the individual undertakes a less vital task in favor of an important one or undertakes a gratifying task instead of an unpleasant one. This results in postponing the task to a later time. There are an innumerable amount of students such as Henry, who leave school work until the eleventh hour, yet they do not immediately realize what they are doing to themselves. Teachers, parents, and advisors warn them not to leave their tasks until the last minute for a reason. .....
Why do we procrastinate
4. There are numerous reasons for a students procrastination, but nowadays it is even more intense than it ever has been because of twenty first century technology. There are obvious benefits that come with this technology, but students can avoid writing papers, studying, doing homework or projects with a click of a mouse or screen. It is important that these students realize that they could be using their time more efficiently; similarly, the time they save could make them more optimistic when approaching their education. .....
I procrastinate all the time and my grades are fine Let s dig deeper into this
5. The condition of a students work is not the same as it could be if he/she did not procrastinate, indicating insufficient learning of the task. For instance, this can be seen in the five year study of 777 marketing students at the Warwick Business School which was conducted by two researchers at the institute, David Arnott and Scott Dacko. They observed the final assignments from 504 first year students and 273 third year students, and discovered that the 86.1 percent of the students who waited until the last twenty four hours to submit their papers, earned a mean score of 64.04 out of 100. The early submission score was a mean of 64.32, which is equal to a B. However, the average score continued to drop every hour. Moreover, the students who waited until the last minute of submission had the lowest average grades of 59 out of 100, which is a C. This is a full grade lower than the average Feeney . .....
Do you still think procrastination is good for you
6. Many proponents of procrastination argue that is has positive effects on a student. Notably, many students believe that they work better when they are under pressure. However, according to psychologist Timothy Pychyl, the director of the Procrastination Research Group at Carleton University, this is just a myth. He states that there is not any evidence that legitimately proves that students perform better in a hurry Pychyl . Furthermore, many of the students that use this claim to justify their actions of procrastination have not even tried to work when they are calm. Just because they get the work done, does not mean that they did the work well. These students put themselves in an uneasy position involving a surplus amount of unwanted stress, anxiety, and fatigue when they save their tasks until the last minute. Overall, these proponents do not have a valid reason for procrastinating when it comes to school related tasks. .....
Want to stop procrastinating
  • Figure out the why you are procrastinating. Is the task challenging? Is it boring? Does it require time and effort? If so, then this is why planning is crucial. Usually, students tend to leave the daunting assignments until the last minute. Instead, try to do them first because once the difficult task is over, you can do something you prefer without the burden of doing this particular task.
  • Stay motivated. What doesnt kill you makes you stronger, and thats the mindset we should all have approaching challenging tasks. Think of the long term and short term goals you have for yourself. Everything you do will bring you closer to those goals.
  • Make a plan and write down everything you need to do. If it is preferable, you can do it online or on your phone. All of your assignments, deadlines, homework, and tests should be on a calendar so you can visually see what you have to do. If you just keep it in your head, you might not see how much needs to be done. This way you can manage your time so you do not leave anything until the day before. .....
  • Top Tips for Study Success Infographic
    8. Sometimes you need to go back to basics to get the most out of your study sessions. Scroll down this graphic and check yourself: how many of these good practices are you following regularly? Source The International Association of Book keepers, designed by Reflect Digital .....
    How To Smash Out 2 Hours Worth Of Study In Just 1 Hour
    9. A lot of the time when students sit down to study they feel like theyre about to climb Mount Everest. A long and painful time awaits them... This is hardly an inspiring circumstance to be faced with. Its easy to see why a lot of teens are suffering from the motivation blues. Unfortunately, the victim of the motivation blues is almost always productivity.Its incredibly difficult to engage in a productive study session if youre not feeling motivated. .....
    So how can we fix this
    10. Were going to take the task that feels like Mt Everest, and give it a make over so it now feels like a brisk walk. Not a walk in the park. Any productive study session requires some effort. Heres what your teen needs to do.Instead of thinking they have the daunting task of revising 10 weeks of class notes yuck , your teen needs to set themselves just one meaningful task. Only one.

    This could be:
    Making their own diagram of cellular respiration
    Drawing a force diagram for physics
    Solving 10 quadratic equations
    Making an essay plan for the novel theyre reading in English
    Reading the instructions for an assignment theyve just been given
    Attempting a past exam to test where theyre at
    Making some flash cards for one of their subjects
    Whatever your teen can think would be a useful task to complete .....

    The result
    11. Instead of staring at their desk or computer screen for two hours, your teen has just powered through a productive study session in which they completed a meaningful task that will directly contribute to them getting better grades this semester.
    Theyve completed a task in half the time it would have taken them had they not set themselves this one manageable goal.
    They took a task that seemed virtually impossible to complete, and broke it down into manageable chunks. .....
    And the added bonus
    12. Not only will your teen have engaged their mind to complete a tangible goal, they will feel good about having achieved something.
    Its very satisfying to tick something off the study to do list, and this is a powerful motivator for wanting to keep going. .....
    How this works for me
    13. Breaking my study down like this into manageable chunks is the way that I like to study normally. Like your teen, I would feel extremely low at the prospect of having an infinite number of study hours ahead of me. But if I set myself a manageable 1 2 hour task, then thats all I have to focus on for that time I put can in the energy and effort the task requires without feeling overwhelmed.
    Once I complete a task I usually have a break make a cup of tea, have a squiz at whats going on in the world then Im ready to launch into the next task. How much study your can teen do in a given time will depend on them. But if they structure things so that they study in these task based chunks, they should at least be studying productively. .....
    Studying But Not Getting The Grades How To Find And Fix Your Trouble Spot
    14. As with most things, students tend to sit on a spectrum. The straight A+ students are at one end, and the first prize for most number of absences are generally at the other end. This spectrum is generally directly proportionate to the number of study hours invested throughout the semester and exam study break. However, there are outliers the teens who actually DO try hard.DO their homework, DO study for exams, but dont manage to get the grades that reflect the work they have put in.
    If this sounds like you or your teen then this article is for you.Studying hard and not getting the grades you deserve is a grave injustice, and something must be done. .....
    The trouble spot
    15. If you are or if your teen is actually putting in the study hours, but the hard work just isnt showing in your transcript, then to put it bluntly, youre doing something wrong.
    Somewhere along the line in your study process, something is breaking down. This is your trouble spot.
    And before you go any further, you need to figure out where and what it is. .....
    Reading but not understanding
    16. For some students, their trouble spot arises early on in the study process. They sit down at the desk, pull out the books, but dont make sure they understand what theyre studying.
    Whether youre reading, writing study notes, or making diagrams, it is ESSENTIAL that you are studying in such a way that ensures the information isnt just going in, but is staying in.
    If youre just going through the motions when you study, then its highly unlikely that youre going to be able to retain any of that information. .....
    Can you answer the question
    17. For other students, their trouble spot is further down the line of their study process.
    Maybe they do make sure they actually understand what they revise, but when it comes to applying their knowledge to practice questions, they may as well be written in another language.
    If this happens to you or your teen, then you are going to have to PRACTICE doing loads of practice questions.
    Im sorry theres not a magic wand solution to this one, but practicing questions that mimic those that will be in the exam will be the key for you.
    If this is you, do not feel bad. Its one of the most common mistakes students make studying their guts out but omitting to practice applying what they know to a real problem or question. .....
    How To Nail A Science Exam The Key Is In The Question
    18. Describe and explain the differences between the reactions of sodium and water and aluminium and water.
    Discuss the process of photosynthesis. Explain why car tires become warm to touch after a while. Dont worry I dont actually want to test you on your high school science knowledge.
    I want your teen see how the clue to nailing a question in a science exam is in the questions themselves. .....
    What do I mean
    19. The hypothetical questions above dont give a lot. On the face of each one, its not obvious what the parameters of the question are. Where do you start? How much detail do you need to go into? But if you know what clues to look out for, the questions actually tell the student exactly what they need to do.
    Lets take the first question: Describe and explain the differences between the reactions of sodium and water and aluminium and water. On the face of it, this seems like a very broad question. Where on earth are you supposed to start? The magic words in this question are describe and explain. These words are the kinds of signals your teen needs to be on the lookout for. .....
    How does this work
    20. The word describe in this question tells your teen that the first thing they need to do is describe the differences in the reactions between both sodium and aluminium with water. Describe simply means tell us the facts. Your teen would need to detail what one would observe in both of these reactions in such a way that emphasises the differences between them. Describe the reaction of one, and then the other. I never said this was string theory. The word explain tells your teen that they need to explain why the reactions are different. For this part your teen will need to have done the hard yakka. Theyll need to understand why the different atomic structures of sodium and aluminium make them react with water differently, and how this corresponds with the different reaction observations. .....
    To sum up
    21. When it comes to written answers in science exams, your teen should always be looking for signals in the questions. They should ask themselves what is this question really asking me to do? Of course the questions wont tell them the answers exactly, but there are always patterns to look for in questions that will come up time and time and again. .....
    How To Make Semester Study Count Towards Exam Study
    22. Todays study technique is to help your teen make their semester study more effective in preparing for exams and other forms of assessment.
    It will help your teen stay on track during semester as they focus on how what theyre learning in school will be assessed.
    This technique is something that Ive only started applying regularly this year, but I so wish someone had told me about it years ago
    Luckily your teen doesnt have to wait until the end of university to put this technique to use. .....
    How it works
    23. The idea of this study technique is to frame your revision around the types of questions the exam or other assessment is going to ask you. I think the best way to explain this is to use an example. If your teen is studying Biology, lets say specifically mitosis and meiosis. They know that they will be assessed on both of these in the exam.
    It would be tempting to simply learn the steps of each process separately.
    Thats absolutely fine, and would probably see your teen get a decent grade. But if I wanted to absolutely ace the exam, whilst studying I would ask myself how is this topic going to be assessed? .....
    How this technique can turn Cs into As
    24. This study technique could be the ah ha moment your teen is looking for. For all those students that actually do put in the study hours but dont get the grades they were hoping for, making this relatively simple change in their study process should enhance their ability to convey to examiners that they understand the issue thats embedded in the question.
    To get those top grades, examiners are often looking for that little bit extra that in depth understanding something that separates your teens answer from the rest of the pack.
    Obviously your teen cannot predict the exact questions that are going to come up in assessment, but they should be able to making a fairly good guess at the types of questions that are likely to come up, like my mitosis/meiosis compare and contrast example. .....
    3 Simple Tips For Improving Your Teens Memory
    25. When youre frantically scribbling a semesters worth of information onto a page during an exam, memory becomes very, very important.
    Of course the field of memory is a dedicated area of interest for scientists. What is going on in our hippocampus and how can we harness its amazing powers? That is not a question to be answered in todays article. I would struggle with that one.
    But I do have a few nifty ideas about how you can help your teen improve their information retention at home. .....
    If its important write it down
    26. For most students there is a real benefit in writing stuff down. This is why writing study notes is such an important part of exam preparation.
    Theres something about the process of writing something down going through the motions of putting pen to paper that helps information stick in our memories. Your teen is unlikely to remember something simply by reading about it once. A good rule of thumb is that if its important enough to know for the exam, write it down.
    I would also say, that in this digital age where 3 year olds know how to use an iPad better than I do seriously , your teen might never hand write anything anymore and thats a discussion for another day , and if thats their preference and it works for them, then typing the important stuff can be just as good as hand writing. .....
    Hard facts and flash cards
    27. An oldy but such a goody.
    When it comes to memorizing hard facts for subjects like History and English, elements of the periodic table, your teen doesnt need anything better than good ol fashioned flash cards.
    Nothing is as good a substitute really, because its very well to think you remember something when youre reading over your notes, but this isnt a true test of your memory.
    But with flash cards theres no oh yes I know that. You either know the answer or you dont.
    Theyre also a great tool to utilise throughout the semester. If you can help your teen make some now, they can practice memorizing the facts they need to know every week until their exams and add to them as the term progresses , and as we all know, practice makes perfect. .....
    Talking it over
    28. If we wind back the clock a few years, we have Chris and I getting ready for our Biomed exams.
    Chris is one of those annoying people who only has to read something or hear something once and hes got it. I on the other hand, have to work at my memory retention a bit more. Hmph. Theres no way Im going to remember something I wrote down a week ago. I need to further input.
    Well theres one thing in particular that I swear by when it comes memory retention and thats discussing your study notes with someone. .....
    Has Your Teen Figured Out Their Study Formula Yet
    29. Today Im asking you this question, because if the answer is no, then its no wonder your teen is getting the grades theyre truly capable of.
    If you dont what I mean by Study Formula you can find out all the gory details here and here.
    But the abridged version is simply this: Your teens Study Formula is the tried and proven process they go through every time they have to study for a test or exam. Their Study Formula should be made up of all the study methods and techniques they employ when they study. .....
    Is your teen struggling to study effectively
    30. Two common sources of worry for parents is that their teen cant concentrate for very long, and that their teen does study but doesnt get the results they should from it.
    Does this sound familiar? Of course there are many factors that may be contributing to why your teen isnt getting the grades theyre capable of, but if theyre having the problems Ive described above, then Id bet good money its because they havent quite figured out their Study Formula.
    Lets say your teen is quite a visual learner. Well if theyre trying to study by reading a text book or course book from front to back, its no wonder theyre dying of boredom and finding it difficult to retain information.
    What they need to do, is incorporate some visual learner study techniques into their Study Formula.
    If your teen engages in a study technique that is better suited to the way that THEY learn, this can only help improve their concentration and information retention. .....
    Is your teen mixing it up
    31. Another reason your teen might be struggling is because they have no variation in their Study Formula.
    I would go bonkers if all I did to study for exams was read and make study notes. Doing these things is a crucial part of my Study Formula, but if thats all I did, my motivation to study would sink because it would be such a monotonous process. Its really important to try and incorporate different things into your Study Formula. .....
    What Subjects Require Practice And Why
    32. Theres this thing that students who get good grades do throughout the year. To some students it comes naturally, while others have to work at it.
    Its the thing that separates the teens who get fantastic grades, and the ones who get less fantastic grades. Its this little thing called PRACTICE. Theres no getting around this one Im afraid. To get good grades in Math, your teen HAS to do practice problems. To get good grades in English, your teen HAS to write practice essays. This goes for any subject that has essay exam requirements. .....
    Every student no matter how experienced or naturally smart
    33. Ive had this lesson drummed into me only this week and Im in my sixth year of university study. Im about to sit an exam that requires me to look at about 100 pages of evidence and come up with a theory about what I think happened, along with some other bits and pieces. As my lecturer rightly reminded us many times , do you learn how to ride a bicycle by reading a book on how to ride a bike? Do you watch a video of someone riding a bike? No. You get on the bike and keep riding until you dont fall off anymore. I have done a few practice runs at putting examples of evidence together. And my lecturer was dead right. The first one I did was awful. But the more practice I did, the better my work became. Well your teens school subjects are no different. .....
    The Biggest Exam Study Mistake Your Teen Can Make
    34. If I had to pick one thing that prevents teens from getting the grades theyre capable of, it would be this. Well, maybe its second to not actually studying. Whatever this is really important. If your teen is putting in the effort but their grades dont reflect it, its probably because theyre studying everything, without studying whats really important. .....
    Lets do a little math
    35. The school year runs for 40 weeks, give or take depending on where you are in the world.
    Forty multiplied by 5 equals 200 days in the school year, minus a few days off for public holidays, etc.
    200 multiplied by, lets say 5 hours of actual class time each day, equals 1000 hours of learning every year.
    Thats a lot of hours. School exams are usually 3 hours long. Do you get where Im heading with this? 1000 hours of learning time squished into 3 hours of exam time. This is why students who give equal weight to everything theyve learned that year when they study dont get the grades their effort deserves. .....
    Straight A students know that effective exam study requires tactics
    36. It requires sussing out before you get stuck into exam study what the really essential must understand topics are, and making sure you understand those with your eyes shut and your hands behind your back like the back of your hand. Once your teen has that sorted, then they can move on to studying some of the more peripheral topics, and scrub up on the things that are going to secure that A grade, such as memorizing facts, quotes, etc whatever it is thats going to make their exam paper stand out from the rest. I cannot stress this idea enough. .....
    How A Study Formula Guarantees Straight As
    37. Studying can be overwhelming. There are so many pieces to the puzzle.
    Different subjects, essays to write, facts to memorise, formulas to figure out, study notes to write, slides to look over, websites to check out, books to read .....
    There is good news though
    38. There IS a way for your teen to make everything simpler. This method streamlines your teens study. It helps them focus on whats really important. Its something good studiers utilise all the time. To have the best chance of getting good grades this year, your teen needs to develop a Study Formula.
    For those of you who have completed our Straight As email course, you will already have heard me harp on about the importance of your teen developing their Study Formula.
    Because its something so central to the mastery of good studying, I want to reiterate the main points of Study Formulas here. .....
    What is a Study Formula
    39. Students who get good grades follow a process when they study. They follow certain steps. They have a pattern.
    Its this collection of results proven practices that make up what we call a Study Formula.
    Students who get good grades apply this Study Formula EVERY TIME they study for exams. .....
    What study techniques should your teen have in their Study Formula
    40. A really important point to make is that every students Study Formula is their own. The combination of practices and study techniques that make up their Study Formula will be unique to them.
    However, heres a list of study techniques and processes that would commonly be in a straight A students Study Formula.Making a list of all the topics that you need to study.
    Looking at past exams to get an idea of the exam format Writing study notes or typing study notes if you prefer Researching topics you dont understand well enough Making diagrams and flow charts of relevant processes Consolidating study notes Attempting practice exams Using flash cards to consolidate facts Thinking about how youre going to allocate your time in the exam .....
    What your teen should do this weekend
    41. Your teens task for this weekend with your help is to have a think about what study techniques they already find effective, and then make a conscious effort to think about where these techniques might fit into their Study Formula. Your teen might already know what study techniques they find effective, but I want them to consciously think about where in their study process they fit. What Im saying is that your teen might sort of have a Study Formula already but not realise it. I want your teen to know what their Study Formula is. .....
    The Inside Scoop On Writing A Grade Essays
    42. Writing essays is like serving in tennis. Most people when they start out make it way more complicated than it needs to be, and produce something that doesnt look quite right. The pros do it smoothly and easily. Its uncomplicated and easy to follow. Well if that doesnt make any sense, what Im saying is that good essays are simple. Everything about their structure is simple the structure as a whole and also paragraph and sentence structure. .....
    How can you help
    43. You can help your teen make their writing simpler and more like a straight A students by helping them plan their essays.
    It is absolutely impossible to write a top grade essay without having planned it out first.
    Your teen might feel like planning their essays is an annoying addition to their workload, but in fact if they get in the habit of making essay plans, theyll save a huge amount of time and stress overall. I cant stress this enough .....
    Send me your stuff
    44. Its a bit difficult for me to get more specific when just writing about essays generally.
    So if your teen is struggling with a particular essay at the moment send it my way. Id be more than happy to give it a read and offer my thoughts if I see something your teen could work on. .....
    The Most Important Study Tip I Can Give Your Teen
    45. I have mentioned this tip several times in previous articles, but it really deserves a whole article all to itself.
    This morning Chris and I were talking about studying Chris heads back to uni on Monday , and we decided on the one thing that has been most important to our study success.
    And here it is. In order for your teen to get good grades, it is essential that they figure out what they are most likely to be examined on, and pay much less attention to everything else. .....
    This method gives your teen focus
    46. Your teen has a heck of a lot of material to go over during their study break. Realistically, there is not going to be enough time to study and memorize every single thing their teachers have said over the past year. Trying to do so is not making good use of the precious time your teen has to study.
    Trying to learn EVERYTHING is a fruitless actually detrimental exercise. It will make your teen stressed, make them loose confidence in themselves, and worst of all, will stop them from properly learning and absorbing what really matters. .....
    But wont my teen miss something
    47. Exams are not designed to trick your teen, and examiners are not expecting them to know everything there is to know.
    Your teen will be examined on the topics that come up repeatedly in class the ones that they have spent multiple lessons going over.
    Your teens biology teacher might have mentioned some interesting/completely left field fact about whale sharks last August. Is this going to be in the exam? Heck no. But your teen better understand the difference between meiosis and mitosis, otherwise theres no point in turning up to the exam. .....
    So in a nutshell
    48. I guess what Im saying is that your teen needs to learn how to filter. What is important to know, and what is not. Study the stuff that goes in the important to know file.
    This is honestly the best exam study tip I have. I have others too in the Exam Survival Package .
    If you want your teen to really nail their exam study, help them make an important/not important list.
    Get a piece of paper, and make a list of what your teen would be foolish not to study.
    Now your teen has a table of contents. Something to help guide their study to help them stay on track.
    So simple, yet soooooooo effective. .....
    Top Tips For Avoiding Exam Stress
    49. There are many ways to revise and you will find out what works best for you. Exams can be an extremely stressful time, but so long as you revise well and avoid feeling stressed on the day, you should be able to succeed. Here are some tips to help you .....
    Learn and revise your subject
    50. Dont study late into the early hours on coffee or the latest stimulant. Studies have shown that you will remember things more clearly and effectively if you revise when you are fresh. Practise bursts of revision. This can mean as little as ten to forty minutes revising. Time yourself and have a ten minute break. Its not always about quantity of revision, but also quality.
    Dont drown yourself in a subject, but take it one step at a time. Think about what type of questions the exam paper is likely to ask. Practise with past papers and make sure that you know how wide an area the scope of a subject an exam will cover. Posters, post sticks and flash cards can also play a vital role in revising. .....
    Discussing and revising with other students
    51. If it is the case of making a point, argument or giving proof of why you think something, then think an answer out loud to a friend to improve your recall and train of thought. At this stage, its a simple way of testing how much you know and to see if you can string a logical answer together. It doesnt matter how bluntly you put it.
    Let your friends or fellow students prompt you if you get stuck and prompt them on theirs, if they get stuck. Try not to use the textbooks unless the exam says to use them. If you both get stuck on the same part, then you will have identified a particular area where you both need to be stronger in and you can help each other revise. .....
    How to look forward to the challenge
    52. Gain more confidence. No, its not a stubborn confidence you want here. Each time you get something right, you should feel good about yourself and more sure about the individual answer. Your confidence should reinforce this and make the task more enjoyable. If you have pitted yourself against possible exam questions, fellow students and revised your best, then you should look forward to the day when everything you have worked so hard for should come to fruition. .....
    Techniques for remaining calm on the day itself
    53. Go to your exams early. Usually, teachers or exam officers advise you to be there ten or fifteen minutes before. Arrive with the right essentials. Your teacher or lecturer should tell you whats necessary beforehand.
    Dont chat to every person you know who is also taking the exam. Exam nerves can be catching and you can feel more nervous beside someone else who is feeling anxious. If you are waiting before going into the exam room, take out a good book to read for a few minutes and just ease the stress away.
    You could try a few of your flash cards, but dont get yourself flustered. Nerves can make it more difficult to recall. Try a few gentle breathing techniques if you find your breathing starts to get out of control.
    Dont be distracted by anyone else inside the exam room. This is your exam and at the end of the day its going to be your results that matter to you. Put your hand up and inform an officer if anyone is being particularly distracting. Relax and answer as many questions as you can. If you have time left at the end, go over them and check spelling or punctuation. .....
    Why You Need To Know Your Teens Study Strengths And Weaknesses
    54. What does getting good grades boil down to? a. Being the smartest kid in the class? b. Going to the best school? c. Studying 20 hours a week? d. None of these. Of course, the answer is d. Getting good grades really boils down to being strategic. .....
    To get good grades your teen needs to employ strategy
    55. You would not want to head into battle without a well thought out strategy, and you sure as heck dont want your teen to head into study time without one either. A CRUCIAL part of a straight A exam strategy is knowing what youre going to ace without too much trouble, and what part of the curriculum usually pulls your GPA down the gurgler. I mean, knowing your strengths and weaknesses. .....
    Dont let your teen ignore the parts of their subjects they find hard
    56. Because these are the bits they should be spending most of their time studying. For the stuff they find easier of course your teen should spend a bit of time polishing what they know to make for an A+++ answer, but it shouldnt be the main focus of their attention.
    Your teen will come out with much better results overall if they identify what they struggle with and spent some quality time sorting it out. .....
    Where To Start With A Lazy Teen
    57. As with most things, starting is the hardest part.
    It doesnt matter whether its losing weight, starting a new project, starting a new job, or in your teens case, starting to give a damn about school.
    Old habits are hard to break. Its not easy getting into a new routine. If your teen has been fairly useless before now about doing homework and studying for exams, then installing good study habits isnt going to happen overnight.
    It will happen, but were going to have to start out smaller and work our way towards straight A nerd status. .....
    First thing to do is to try and get your teen on board
    58. As youre probably all too aware, nagging is not an effective long term solution for motivating your teen.
    If you want your teen to do well at school, theyre going to have to get on board with the idea.
    Try and have a chat with your teen about adding regular homework/study time to their weekly routine. Talk about the future and the importance of doing well at school. The key will be to keep the conversation on an even playing field. This should NOT be a lecture. Their input should be just as if not more important than yours. Your teens grades will benefit the most from them being self motivated. .....
    The next step is to get some sort of weekly routine sorted
    59. This means sitting down with your teen and deciding not telling them when theyre going to do their homework each day, and how much study its reasonable for them to be doing.
    In my view, homework is a critical part of academic success. It keeps the brain engaged throughout the year and not just when exams are approaching. It forces teens to go over what theyve learnt at school that day, which is crucial for consolidating information.
    How much study your teen should be doing really depends on them and at what stage of the year theyre at. I was always good about doing homework at school, but honestly, I didnt start studying until the second half of each term. .....
    If theyre really stuck you may need to see outside assistance
    60. Being stuck is a really crap feeling. If your teen feels stuck about their school subjects, you can guarantee the motivation to study will be pretty much zilch. You cant expect to teen to slave away over the books if they dont get whats going on.
    If theyre finding the subject difficult, its probably a good idea to get them some help.
    Depending on the subject and year level, you may be able to help them. If theyre a senior doing calculus, you may have to look at getting a tutor.
    If youre not so keen to be forking out money every week for a tutor, you may not have to. One or two lessons may be all that your teen needs to get them on the right track.
    One word of warning though. It can sometimes be tricky to differentiate between confusion and laziness. .....
    What To Do If Your Teen Hates School More Than Anything
    61. Im not a parent. I dont know what its like to have a teen who hates school. I cant imagine how frustrating that must be.
    But, Ive tutored enough students to see how stressful and frustrating it is for parents.
    I get how badly you want your teen to do their best at school. I understand how crucial it is for your teen to get the best start possible to their young adult life. Its excruciating to see a teen with truckloads of potential who doesnt give toss about school.
    If this sounds like a fairly accurate description of your teen, then today Im here to try and offer you some help with getting them on the right track. .....
    Where do you start
    62. The very first thing to do is to put yourself under the microscope. Are you helping or inadvertently hindering your teens progress? If youre in the habit of nagging your teen to study and to do their homework, youve got to stop. Long term, nagging isnt going to get you or your teen anywhere. Your job is to be encouraging and supportive. You want your teen to know youre their friend, not their enemy. .....
    Is your focus on the right thing
    63. The next thing is to make sure that the focus of your encouragement is on your teens effort, and NOT their grades.
    Of course grades are important, but if your teen is completely unmotivated about school, then weve got to get a few things sorted first before getting straight As becomes the goal.
    If your teen hates school, encouraging them to get good grades is pointless. They may not even believe its even possible at this stage. .....
    What IS important is the effort they put in
    64. Making an effort is something your teen CAN do today, getting straight As probably isnt.
    Getting your teen to do just half an hour of homework/study each day after school is realistic. Its something that they can complete successfully, and its something that you can reward your teen for doing. .....
    What is your teen good at
    65. Thinking about this may help your teen find something about school they can really enjoy.
    If your teen hates reading and would rather do household chores than write an English essay, please dont force them to like it. Of course its important that they try their best in every subject, but sometimes youve got to call a spade a spade, and accept that your teen is never going to like every subject.
    Whats far more likely to see your teen succeed down the track, is if you encourage them to pursue the subjects that they do enjoy. There are successful people in every industry. Your teen doesnt need to be a doctor or a lawyer to have a good career. If they have a subject that they like and enjoy, thats the thing they should really go for. .....
    Projection thinking is the key
    66. One of the biggest issues with getting teens to care about school, is that they often dont give a toss about the future. The part of their brain that deals with things like consequences and repercussions is not fully developed. Literally.
    So the cruel irony is that the time your teen is at high school is one of the most important times for them to be thinking about the future, but many arent able to. This means its up to YOU to help your teen think about their future. Not many teens do this without encouragement.
    A huge motivator for me at school was my parents pointing out how un fun it would be to spend my days working behind the check out counter at the supermarket because thats what would be waiting for me if I didnt do well at school. Whether thats what would have happened or not is up for debate, but the point is it was a great motivator. Maybe something like this would motivate your teen too?
    If I had to some up this post with one word, it would be positivity. Thats what has the best chance of getting your teen to see the importance of putting in the effort at high school. .....
    Ways To Maximize Your Output During An Exam
    67. Good grades are won and lost in the way students approach the actual sitting of the exam.
    Obviously its the hard work put in before exams that counts the most, but it would be a huge mistake for your teen to not appreciate how important having an in exam strategy is.
    Today Im talking about the 3 most important things to do in an exam to ensure your teen gets the most out of their exam time. .....
    Make the most of your reading time
    68. Most exams allow for about 15 minutes of reading time before the exam actually starts. This time is not 15 minutes of leisure time, its 15 minutes that can make or break your teens exam results.
    This time is invaluable. It allows your teen to read over the exam, get an idea of its length and format, and sometimes they might even be able to start jotting points down on scrap paper. The most important thing for your teen to do FIRST, is to skim read the whole exam. Dont let them underestimate how important this is.
    Its crucial that your teen does this so they know how long the exam is before they start writing.
    Some exams will allow your teen to write on scrap paper before writing time starts. If theyre only allowed to read, then just make sure they read as much of the exam as possible, and that they start to think about their answers. .....
    Stick to your time schedule
    69. Students who get good grades dont only know their stuff, they time manage their exams too. One of the biggest mistakes your teen can make is to spend more than the allocated time on one question and consequently run out of time on another. At the end of the day, what counts is the overall grade your teen gets for the subject. There arent any prizes for answering one question incredibly well when you fail to answer five other questions worth just as many marks. Your teen MUST plan their exam time, and stick to this schedule. .....
    Take a moment and breathe
    70. Being in an exam room is a high stress environment. All of the work your teen has put in leading up to it depends on the next few hours, and theres usually a huge time pressure.
    This pressure cooker environment can play funny tricks on your mind. About an hour after my last exam a couple of weeks ago, I realised that I forgot to include something really, really obvious in an essay. It was a point that I knew really well. There was no reason for me to forget it in the exam.
    The exam environment can also make you include irrelevant information. Getting good grades is about quality, not quantity, so its equally important that your teen doesnt waffle on about something thats not relevant. They should ask themselves before they launch into something, .....
    The Simple Solution To Procrastination
    71. Its a terrible curse that even when its in our own best interests to do something we still procrastinate.
    Even if dire consequences await if you do.
    Procrastination is a particularly common problem for high school students. Perhaps your teen is currently suffering from a vicious strain of procrastination right now? If they are, theyre not alone.
    Every single person procrastinates. And unless some drug company comes up with a very freaky type of drug to cure procrastination itis, Im not expecting your teen to stop procrastinating altogether. .....
    Our goal simply needs to be to get them to procrastinate less
    72. Procrastination is probably one of the biggest obstacles holding your teen back from getting the grades theyre capable of getting.
    Unfortunately, its more trying than ever for a teen NOT to procrastinate, with the ridiculous number of technological distractions at their finger tips
    I battle procrastination fairly well most of the time , but thats only because Ive been studying a lot longer than your teen and find it fairly easy to get into the swing of things. But I didnt have the internet or cell phones to distract me when I was at high school .....
    So what is the simple solution to procrastination
    73. When youre staring down a long dark tunnel that seems never ending it can all seem pretty grim and depressing. And this is the way most teens think about studying.
    But when you have something to look forward to, its a THOUSAND times easier to launch into the task ahead of you. .....
    This is why incentives can play a huge role in combating your teens procrastination
    74. Incentives will give your teen little beacons of light to look towards as they make their way through the otherwise very dark tunnel.
    Incentives punctuate study time and make it seem much less daunting.
    This is why they work so well. When a task feels daunting and overwhelming, its human nature to try and avoid it for as long as possible. .....
    When you have little things to look forward to it makes the task much easier to tackle
    75. The way I use incentives is simply to set myself little goals throughout the day. For example, Ill tell myself that Im allowed to watch an episode of Friends if I study straight for the next three hours without procrastinating.
    Or Ill tell myself that if I study hard for the next few hours before dinner, Ill feel great about the effort Ive put in and feel no guilt in sitting down to a nice dinner and relaxing for an hour or so.
    These small incentives work really well for me, especially when Im putting in more study hours for upcoming exams. .....
    Everyone is different
    76. Incentives that help your teen battle procrastination may very well be different. Sit down with them and have a chat about what little things would motivate them. They will often have a few ideas that you wouldnt have thought of that might work very well for them.
    Using incentives it just one example of all the really simple things your teen can do to help transform their grades.
    Maybe using incentives will be your teens magic bullet for study success? .....
    An Effective Exam Study Technique Your Teen Will Love
    77. How your teen studies is critical to their exam success.
    Thats the underlying theme of everything we do and say at The Study Gurus. With the right study techniques and a good work ethic, good grades are within anyones grasp.
    My exams are creeping up horribly fast, only six weeks away now. But the good news is Ive come across a fabulous exam study technique that I know will help my study.
    And Im sure it will apply just as well to your teens subjects at school too .....
    Whats different about this technique
    78. A lot of students go wrong because their study has no direction. The reason this technique is so effective is because it forces your teen to think specifically about whats going to come up in the exam. This will focus their study without them even trying.
    Some students fail to think about their study with the exam in mind.
    Unfortunately this means that when theyre in the exam, theyre not sure how to mould what theyve studied to answer exam questions. They dont understand how what theyve studies applies to the question in front of them.
    This exam study technique will prevent your teen from falling victim to this situation. It will help your teen tailor their study to the types of questions that are likely to come up in the exam. .....
    Question and answers
    79. Thats really what exams are all about isnt it?
    The idea of this technique is to come up with hypothetical exam questions, and then plan your hypothetical answer. .....
    English Exam Example
    80. Lets say that for your teens English exam theyre going to have to answer an essay question.
    Obviously they dont know exactly what the question is going to ask. But they should be able to hazard a pretty good guess as to what topics are likely to come up. What they need to do is to write down some essay questions that are likely to come up in the exam.
    And then plan out the hypothetical answer to each question.
    Lets say that your teen will have an essay question on a novel theyve read in class. Their essay question is going to hypothetically have something to do with the theme of the book, its characters, the setting, or an important event. .....
    And it doesnt just work for English either
    81. Ive used an English essay exam question as an example, but your teen could use this technique for all word based subjects. It probably wouldnt be applicable to math or other pure number subjects.
    For example, Chris is using it to study for his med school exams. He wont be writing out essays, but he is using questions like flash cards to prompt short answers. Im planning on using this technique a lot during my upcoming exam study, and I hope your teen makes good use of it too. .....
    How To Make Your Teens Study More ManageableAnd Productive
    82. There arent many short cuts available to your teen when it comes to study. Theyre going to get out what they put in. But, there is something you can help your teen with that can improve their grades MASSIVELY. Not only will this change help your teen keep up to date with their homework, it will help them study consistently throughout the year. It will make their exam study far more manageable, less scary, and more effective. To help your teen jump up at least one full grade in their exams this semester, sit down this week with them and make a weekly timetable. .....
    Why is this so important
    83. Because our brains like patterns. Love them even. Even if we dont want to admit it, we love consistency. And a weekly timetable will help lay out a study routine for your teen. If your teen is in the habit of not studying and not doing their homework on a regular basis theyre not likely to break the mould. Even if you start off lightly and build up the number of hours towards exam time , your teen will begin to think around their study timetable. If they know when they should be doing something, theres a much better chance that theyll actually do it .....
    So have a go at making a study timetablewith your teen
    84. Thats all Im asking. You can draw it or make it on the computer, it doesnt matter. What is important is that it includes everything your teen has on in an average week of school.
    Start by filling in their school hours, then their extracurricular activities, also dinner, and any other commitments they have on during the week.
    Then, fill in when theyre going to do extra study. This isnt homework time, this is going over stuff from class time. Last week I talked about the magic hour of study per week. Depending on where your teen is at academically, they may need to do more than this.
    Id much rather your teen be consistently doing small chunks of study, than massive chunks sporadically. Doing this will keep them on track throughout the year, and make their exam a million times easier. .....
    Now the REALLY IMPORTANT part is that your teen sticks to this timetable
    85. Sticking to a routine and being consistent in their study habits is what will propel your teen forward.
    Getting used to studying and doing homework regularly is going to get your teen the grades theyre capable of.
    For extra brownie points all round, make a few copies of the timetable and stick it around your house on the fridge, on your teens door, and in their room so that they feel accountable, and are therefore far more likely to stick to their timetable. This is just another thing thats incredibly simple to do, yet can make a huge difference to your teens grades. .....
    How to Secure More Marks In The Last Week of Exam Study
    86. With exams just around the corner we know how stressful things can get. Especially when youve got a number of teens at high school.
    If this is a position youre in at the moment may the force be with you. Hopefully your teen is going OK and isnt too stressed.
    If they are panicking, weve got a tip for them to help remember much more in the last few days leading up to each exam. .....
    Make a Cheat Sheet
    87. No, were not saying your teen should smuggle in bits of paper into the exam. A Cheat Sheet is something your teen should prepare in the last few days before each exam.
    Its purpose is to help your teen remember things that are hard to remember. Content such as facts, important peoples names, place names, subject specific terminology, formulas, processes all of those fun things.
    Most students find it easier to remember more conceptual content well, once they understand it that is. But there are parts in most subjects that require students to just know something.
    Unfortunately, these things can usually only be rote learned, rather than inherently understood.
    For example, as part of writing a history essay, your teen will need to back up what they say with evidence such as peoples and place names, dates, etc. .....
    This stuff can be a pain to study because you just have toknow it
    88. Our solution? Create a Cheat Sheet.
    So we want your teen to write down on a piece of paper all of these fact type things theyll need to know for their upcoming exam.
    Any and all facts that they can think of. Then in any down time your teen has before the exam they need to read over their Cheat Sheet. Perhaps before they go to bed, when theyre having lunch, or even when theyre not driving. in the car.
    The idea is that these tricky bits of information will soak in over the last few days before the exam. .....
    We found it really helpful to go over our Cheat Sheet just before our exams too
    89. Waiting outside an exam room is a horrible business.
    We dont recommend ever studying new information in this time its way too late. What will be will be.
    But looking over a Cheat Sheet will give your teen something to do, and let them consolidate all those nasty little facts they need to remember.
    If they want to be really sneaky as soon as they get into the exam room they can jot down the ones they always struggle to remember on the inside cover of their paper. When the time comes during the exam they need that bit of information, itll be right there staring them in the face.
    Using colour in a Cheat Sheet helps some students particularly visual learners, as they come to associate a certain fact with a specific colour. Its worth giving this a go anyway irrespective of what your teens predominant learning style is. .....
    Get Top Marks With Simple Exam Answers
    90. Studying hard for their exams is not the only thing your teen needs to do in order to be well prepared.
    They also need to dedicate time to planning how theyre going to answer their exam questions.
    Because theres actually a right and a wrong way to tackle exam questions.
    And this is most apparent with short answer questions those requiring one or two lines maximum , and long answer questions those requiring possibly a paragraph or two . .....
    How To Study For And Sit Exams
    91. Between the two of us weve sat quite a large number of exams since high school. In fact, we estimate weve sat 98 2 3 hour exams between us. This doesnt even include tests or assignments or internal exams. Thats not supposed to impress you by the way. Only to inform you we really have sat a lot of exams. And on top of our own experiences, were each currently spending three to four hours a day tutoring high school students about to sit their own round of exams. I think its fair to say, were quite familiar with the processes of exam study and exam sitting. .....
    How To Write Study Notes That Really Work
    92. Making study notes should take up the majority of the majority of your teens study time leading up to exams, which is why you want to make sure they know how to create study notes that rock. Not suck.
    This article contains a simple 5 step guide to writing study notes that really do, well. rock. .....
    How To Write Incredibly Bad Study Notes
    93. As a sort of continuation of the previous article, here we look at the art of writing study notes from a different angle what sort of things does your teen need to avoid to prevent their study notes from being as useless as tits on a bull. .....
    How To Sit Exams Like A Pro
    94. When exams are looming its easy to get caught up in the exam preparation side of things and completely forget about planning your time in the exam.
    Thats right your teen needs to sort out an in exam strategy too. Not doing so can be the difference between scraping a pass and absolutely nailing it. .....
    How Your Teen Can Make The Most Of Tutoring
    95. Earlier this week we talked about what tutoring is for and what its not. The crux of the article was that in order for your hard earned pennies to pay off, your teen cant treat tutoring sessions as homework or study time. Furthermore, tutoring isnt cheap.
    Youd hardly expect a $5/hr tutor to be amazing. So if you do decide to get one for your teen, you want to make sure theyre getting absolutely all they can out of their time together.
    Weve considered the students of ours that make the most of their time with us, and have come up with 4 things your teen can do to get the most out of tutoring. .....
    The Most Powerful Procrastination Squashing Technique For Exam Study
    96. For many teens, exams are just a big annoying disruption to their social life. Instead of planning their study time carefully, they find it extremely difficult to knuckle down even when their exams are only days away.
    Procrastination. It gets us all. But it seems to be a particularly rampant disease amongst teenagers faced with upcoming exams. .....
    How to Maintain Concentration While Studying
    97. Hopefully your teen is using these tips to build their Study Formula. This means theyre figuring out what study techniques work specifically for them.
    A Study Formula is basically a study routine. We want your teen to get in the habit of using the same study techniques every time they sit down to study.
    Once their study habits are set, studying becomes a whole lot easier.
    As your teens Study Formula takes form they should find that studying is no longer a horribly daunting task, because they know what to do they understand how to study.
    Also, having a Study Formula and study routine will make it that much easier for them to maintain concentration. The two go hand in hand.
    Last week we introduced the first four of our concentration inducing practices for you to share with your teen. Now its time for the last four. .....
    The Best Type Of Exam Preparation Your Teen Can Do
    98. In this article were going to talk about the most valuable study tool for your teen this year. Subject Maps eliminate all of the major problems teens struggle with during exam study. They will save your teen huge amounts of time They will give your teen a study roadmap to follow when studying They will ensure your teen studies the right stuff, and ignores the surplus stuff. .....
    ways to destroy exam time stress
    99. Sitting exams isnt fun. And preparing for them can be even worse.
    Sometimes a little bit of pressure can spur your child on to study, but once this pressure starts turning into stress bad things happen.
    Here are 5 of the most common stress causing complaints from students leading up to exams, and our solution to each one. .....
    The Art of Purposeful Study
    100. A lot of things that an effective studier does are subconscious and dont actually involve doing anything physical.
    These non tangible aspects of studying are a lot harder to explain than the tangible aspects, such as writing study notes, making timetables etc.
    Luckily, I had an epiphany the other day about how I could explain an extremely important non tangible aspect of studying. .....
    What Do Good Studiers Do
    101. When we want to get good at something, we look to those who have already achieved highly in that area.
    Would you take weight management advice from someone who thought cream puffseb were a healthy afternoon snack and hadnt exercised since they were 10? Probably not.
    You want your personal trainer to look amazing in lycra and have a six pack. In the same way, you wouldnt want your teen to mimic the study habits of a student who gets less than stellar grades.
    You want your teen to adopt the same study habits kids who get straight As have. .....
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