We live in an active, busy, on-the-go, never-stopping, hyper-connected world. Students are perhaps busier now than they have ever been before.
Take one student of ours for example. This guy took one of our study skills courses and was a big-shot high school hockey player. He had division one type talent, possibly even professional talent eventually.
But here’s the downside to being an insanely committed athlete: it takes a ton of time.
This student had to travel a long way every day for practice. We’re in North Carolina, after all, so you can’t exactly find an ice rink at every corner. In fact, his hockey schedule meant he had to leave the house every morning before 7 am, but he didn’t get home until after 8 pm.
If you live that kind of life, how do you actually keep your grades up?
If you know a student who has this kind of restricting schedule, try one of these tips below to still live an on-the-go lifestyle and keep the grades up.
1. Get your homework finished by using throw-away time
This is a concept we teach guys to employ in our study skills course for guys, The Dudes’ Guide to Study Skills. It has direct implications for every student.
In years past students could expect to leave school, head home, and then get big chunks of time together that would allow them to finish all their homework at one time. Those days are becoming fewer and farther between.
Today’s students frequently don’t find themselves in situations that allow them 2 hour blocks of time together. Instead, get creative and use the “throw-way” time blocks. Do you take the bus? Do you have to wait for Mom or Dad to make dinner? Do you ride in the car for 15 minutes? All of those “throw-away” time blocks can add up to a big difference when it comes to getting your homework finished.
2. Get your homework finished by staying super organized
Some folks aren’t the biggest fan of this concept. Organization is the bane of many students’ existence.
But it’s frequently the difference between students making use of shortened blocks of homework time or missing out on those blocks. If you are not organized, you’re not going to be able to start and stop homework quickly.
The key to staying super organized in this way, however, is that you need every homework assignment that has not yet been finished in one place. This can be a folder, or a binder, or a pocket in a binder. But keep it all in one place, and keep that folder with you all the time.
3. Get your homework finished by cutting out distractions
Technology and other distractions (but mostly technology) are usually the biggest factor keeping students from getting their homework done on time. Finish your homework. Then enjoy the tech.
We love technology. We just don’t love it when you’re trying to get your homework finished. We’ve seen technology literally double, triple, quadruple — or worse — your homework time. When it’s homework time, shut it down. If you want to, you can take breaks every hour and check your social media. But give it a rest for a bit. Trust us – it’s an easy way to make sure you’re making the most of your time.
Do you have other suggestions? We’d love to hear what you have to say on social media.