Smarty-Pants, you!

Oh Junior Year.

What a time to be alive.

Odd are you are going to hit me like a bus in about three months, but as for now, you are *somewhat* manageable.

As I'm into my third year in the great universe known as high school, I like to believe that I have adapted some okay study habits to achieve a  rate of success. So today, I'm blessing you with some of the best tried and true tips for killing those midterms, essays, and pesty 20% homework grades that DO MATTER. 

If you are freshman, use these. Retweet to the sophomores and my fellow juniors.

These probably also apply in college, so college-folk, here you go.


+ Do the homework when it is assigned

As I said, it counts. Bang out those Spanish vocabulary words or those History paragraphs the minute you can. Never be one of those slackers, who "forgot to do their homework" and the class does a collective eye-roll. Take a hint from Nike and just do it. (Wow, don't you ever just respect incredible mass marketing)

+ Study in different ways

Quizlet,diagrams, practice DBQS or problems, by yourself, study group, watch some videos, and rinse and repeat. I'm not blabbering nonsense here- it's proven that changing your study habits helps the mind retain the information better than the basic notecards strategy. 

+ Embrace caffeine or learn to sleep. 

I love coffee. I won't deny it and I'll never quit. I also love to sleep and know that it is important to go to bed at a decent time. Find what works for you, but the golden combination is the best of both worlds as you try to summit success. 

+ Go to the library

A study habit that I implemented last year was going to my town's library at least once a week. Once you've made the effort to go there, you might as well buckle down and bang out those four hours of homework, half of that English essay, and next week's textbook reading. Tricking the mind? Maybe. But, it works.  

+ Listen to classical music 

PSA: I have discovered the most amazing artist ever. Friends, meet Vitamin String Quartet. This mind-blowing group does classical covers of contemporary music. Billy Joel, The Killers, Robyn, T-Swift, Adele, Red Hot Chilli Peppers.... It's music heaven and I may or may not have busted these jams out in the car a few times.

+ Read ahead

Again, like that bloody homework, getting ahead with readings is a habit that you should force upon yourself until it becomes second nature.

+ Ask for help

This one is self-explanatory. 

+ Outlines, outlines, outlines

I love outlines. L-o-v-e them. Praise them. My pride and joy. My English teacher last years ingrained it in my head to make outlines for everything that I write. It is an extra step, but worth it in the long run. And color code them if you're feeling a little bit wild!

+ Take some time for yourself

Read a book, watch some Gilmore Girls (November 25th... counting down!), go the gym, take a long bath. Spend some time- away from social shindigs or work- just focusing on yourself. 

+ When it doubt, laugh it off (& then get back to killing it)

Failed a math quiz? Forgot to hand in an essay? Overslept? Late? Some random, but awfully embarrassing event? Remember it is not the end of the world (as we know it) and you are FINE. Wow, I'm so sorry for the horrendous R.E.M. pun.