5 Steps to Cracking the 10th Grade
A) Set Goals
You will probably have more than one set of exams in the year, so setting goals for every set will help you keep track of your progress, so that you can make sure that you’re showing consistent improvement.
Writing down your goals for every subject and putting it up by your desk, or somewhere you can see it everyday can help keep you focused. You could also write down how you plan to reward yourself once you achieve your goals like a day at the mall, or movie you want to watch once your exams are over, etc.
You can find a lot of cute printables online, on Tumblr and Pinterest
B) Plan your time
- Approximate the amount of time you need to spend learning or revising each chapter of each subject, and then assign tasks for each day.
- Don’t make your schedule so difficult that you can’t keep up, but at the same time don’t make it too easy.
- Decide when you’re going to start revising for your upcoming set of exams well in advance, realizing you needed more time after your exams is the last thing you want.
- Make sure to leave a few days to catch up on your schedule, just in case you fall behind.Save the bigger chapters for the weekend.
- Don’t save the hard chapters for the end. Force yourself to be done with them first, it will make your last few days of preparation easier and stress free
You can use a white board, a calendar or printables to plan your month.
C) Turn of your phone (and all your other devices)
Though you may only plan to reply to one message, you might find yourself checking all your other apps once you pick up your phone while studying. Your phone can prove a major distraction if it keeps ringing during your study time. Try turning it off or leaving it in another room so you can completely focus on the task at hand.
If you still find yourself distracted by certain apps or websites, disable them for a few weeks. You may think that this is unnecessary, but if you only planned to spend 10 minutes on your phone while taking a break, but ended up spending an hour, it’s a sign that you need to get rid of the distractions.
D) Find your way to focus and absorb
Different people find different ways to focus, but if you still haven’t figured out what works for you, try:
- Listening to music while you work
- Getting some light exercise before you start, like a quick walk
- Taking a quick shower before you sit down to study, this can help wake you up.
- Take regular breaks depending on your attention span. For example, you could take a 5 minute break for every 25 minutes you study, or take a 10 minute break for every 50 minutes you study.
- Figure out what time you focus best, whether its first thing in the morning, after you come back from school, or before you go to sleep.
- Use this time to study new content, as that tends to require your full attention.
- If sitting in the same spot for too long distracts you, try sitting in different rooms every few hours, fora change of environment.
If you have trouble remembering what you read/study then:
- Try reading aloud
- Write down key points while you’re reading. It doesn’t have to be neat notes, just scribbling is fine if it helps you remember better.
While some people find colorful notes helpful, many find them distracting. If that the case then just use 2 or 3 highlighters to color code your notes. For example, use yellow for definitions, blue for important points and green for key examples.
E) Plan your breaks
If you don’t have anything planned for your beforehand, then you might end up picking something that you can’t finish in your limited break time. Try to pick a pass time that can be limited to a short period of time, like:
- a 20 minute episode of a lighthearted show that is not addictive
- a short walk
- a quick meal
- Practicing a musical instrument
Exercise, music and a full stomach can help you be more focused when you come back to your books.If you decide to watch Tv during your breaks, avoid watching shows that tempt you to keep watching at the end of every episode.