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5 Tips to Ace Your Way through the School Year

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Have you ever noticed that during the summer you seem to lose knowledge that you gained during the school year? Having at least two months of not stimulating your brain academically can put a dent in your academic performance. It’s actually called the summer slide. So how do you jumpstart the school year with A’s and that beloved G.P.A. boost? Here are some of my personal tips that worked for me:

1. Organization

One of the most tried and true ways to stay organized this school year is to start off with a planner. Not only is it a lifesaver for students but the ability to jot notes down, keep track of test days and on campus events alleviates some stress. Bando offers affordable yet stylish planners to help keep you focused.

2. Stop the Procrastination

It has been proven that tackling tasks little by little is a surefire way to decrease stress levels long term. If you have a major assignment do in a week or so, start on it right away. Committing to doing 10-20% person of work on your assignment(s) each day is not as daunting compared to having to finish an entire assignment the night before.

3. Study Better

Reviewing study material daily before test day goes a long way. It’s important to remember that there is a difference between memorization and understanding. Utilizing sites like Quizlet.com has been an amazing tool for me.

4. Seek Help

For those of you in college, your tuition pays for resources such as tutoring. Take advantage of that. There is no shame in seeking extra help. Talk to professors or teachers outside of class if you don’t understand a concept that you’re learning.

5. Have Fun

Life is all about balance.  My mom always says, “All work and no play made Jack a dull boy.” In other words, you will be a boring and probably miserable person if all you did was solely focus on your academics.  Make sure you do extracurricular activities. Hang out with your friends. When you take a break from studying your mind will thank you for it. Everyone needs some mental clarity and relaxation and fun will help with just that.
 
What are some helpful study tips that have worked for you? Let us know in the comments below!  

Abisola “Abby” Adeyemo is a Nigerian-American writer. The college freshman, who graduated from high school as the Valedictorian of her class, is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. On her blog, she writes on a montage of topics such as teen issues and natural hair. Writing for her does not stop there. The 18-year old has also written over 50 songs and a book called Afrocentric. Her dream career is to be a news anchor for an entertainment news station such as E News. Thus, she looks up to female journalists such as Guiliana Rancic and Oprah Winfrey. PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT is her first journalistic opportunity. With this in mind, she is extremely grateful and excited for the journey ahead.