TXK 411

hoto by Braylen Garren, 2022 Texas High School Commercial Photography
hoto by Braylen Garren, 2022 Texas High School Commercial Photography

TXK 411


  1. You do not need ONE study space. A well-stocked desk in a quiet place at home is key, but sometimes you need to switch it up. Local coffee shops, parks, or even just moving to a new location in your home will give you a change of scenery which can help your brain to retain information better.
  2. Use your school planner for more than just homework. Maintaining a calendar helps you plan ahead, and stay organized. Make sure you are marking your homework, extracurricular activities, work, practices, away games, SAT/ACT dates, and social commitments.
  3. School supplies do not make you organized. Create a system and stick with it. Do you need color-coded tabs? Do you prefer to keep separate notebooks? Find a system and keep it simple.
  4. Find a comfortable, distraction-free zone. Try turning off your phone notifications and focusing on completing a task.
  5. Study a little every day. When you stay ahead, and do not fall behind, it makes everything easier. Cramming for a quiz might work in the short term, but it can get exhausting and reflect in your grades.
  6. Use class time wisely. Take advantage of any free time during class to get a jumpstart on your homework. It is always best to get it done while it is fresh on your mind.
  7. Be honest with yourself. When faced with the homework you need to complete each night, take a realistic approach to estimating the actual time required. Assess your assignments so you can effectively manage your time.
  8. Take small steps.When facing a substantial task, such as a research paper, maintain your motivation by accomplishing a portion of the project every few days. Dedicate some time each night to write a single paragraph. Alternatively, tackle five algebra problems from your problem set and then reward yourself with a break. By breaking down the task into manageable chunks, you will make steady progress while keeping your motivation intact.
  9. Establish a routine. Determine the optimal time for completing your homework every day. Consider your schedule, as it may vary from day to day. Once you identify the suitable time of day, create a plan to prioritize your studies. Adapt your routine as needed to accommodate schedule changes. By adhering to a regular homework routine, you can effectively allocate time for your academic tasks.
  10. Don’t let a bad grade discourage you. A challenging beginning to the semester does not mean your GPA is doomed. Take proactive measures by regularly monitoring your grades online and seeking the assistance of a tutor if necessary. By staying informed about your academic progress and seeking support when needed, you can make positive changes and improve your performance. Remember, one setback does not define your entire journey.


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