9 quick tips to make life at school easier in 2024

9 tips to make life at school easier

Made a resolution to do better at school this year? Or are you already doing OK at school but want some hacks to make life easier? Changing your habits or routine could make all the difference, as well as take some of the pressure out of high school. Here are our top 9 tips to make life at school easier in 2024.

Set specific goals

Decide what’s most important to you, then take the steps to help you achieve it. Put some thought into what you really want; create a list, then break each goal down into short term actions. Just doing this simple task could help you stay on track and achieve your aims without spending so much time on struggle street.

Become a time management master

Always show up for school and make sure you get there on time. Avoid distractions between classes – tell your mates you’ll catch them later, go to the bathroom during official breaks, have your day organised in advance, and grab everything you’ll need before class to avoid return trips to your locker. Make yourself a study plan and stick to it. Put all your important dates for homework, assignments, and exams into a calendar and set reminders.

Balance your life

Make sure you allow yourself enough time to study, but not too much. Leave enough time for activities and hobbies, as well as catching up with friends and relaxing. Don’t commit yourself to a course load that is going to overwhelm you – but that doesn’t mean take the ‘easy’ subjects either. Choose subjects that challenge and interest you and will help you get into the uni course or career you’d like.

Participate more

Being engaged in the classroom could help you learn and remember information more effectively.  It will show your teachers that you’re listening and trying your best (or if there’s gaps in your knowledge or understanding they need to address). Outside of the classroom, participating in events, extracurricular activities, and life in general could improve your perspective, increase your skill set, and make you happier.

Try something new

Why not try:

  • a new hobby,
  • a workshop,
  • putting yourself up for a role at school you’ve never done,
  • a part time job,
  • volunteering, or
  • getting work experience?

You’ll have fun, meet new people (friends, mentors, potential employers), and you could learn a lot about yourself, your passions, and your abilities.

Ask for help

Teachers will have additional resources if you’re not up to speed. Mentoring and tutoring could help if you’re falling behind or just need a boost. Outside of schoolwork, there are lots of people and places where you can go to get the help you need before things get too bad. There’s no need to struggle and you’re definitely not on your own.

Create a study network

In addition to using the help and resources available to you at school, you could form study groups with other students in your classes – not just your friends. Share knowledge, collaborate on projects, and make new friendships (just make sure you can stay on topic). Visit your local library, or research events and workshops happening in your area.

Stop procrastinating

Everyone is guilty of this, but you can get more organised and become more self-motivated. Here’s some things that might help:

  • Use apps and tools that help you stay organised.
  • Prioritise your workload as well as other things happening in your life.
  • Limit social media.
  • Avoid leaving homework, assignments, or revision until the last minute.

It might take a bit of discipline and practice, but it could help you to perform better, reduce your stress, and leave more time for guilt-free fun stuff.

Look after yourself

Yep, this old chestnut again. We can’t emphasise enough how important your health is (both physical and mental), so practise self-care and you’ll set yourself up for success.

  • Get enough sleep.
  • Eat well.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Exercise.
  • Avoid toxic situations and relationships.
  • Learn to say “no”.
  • If you need help for your physical or mental wellbeing, just reach out (friends, teachers, trusted adults, or call a helpline).

Find out more

You can find more heaps more blogs on our website about study tips and wellbeing.

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