By Abi Stough, Editor in Chief, Prowl News
Autumn: the season of brown and red hues, warm blankets, chilling with friends, and everything pumpkin spice!. Unfortunately, Fall is also when numerous students take a day off from school. This season is nestled between the rush of September, the month where everything kicked off, and the holiday months, riddled with exams followed by going home for break. Fall is the time of year where students get into a bit of a slump: they get tired from exams and studying and are just ready to go home.
However, absenteeism contributes to poorer performance at school, which ultimately sets the tone for the rest of your life. That’s why this season can actually be used to keep you focused at school. By romanticizing school, you´re making it your ideal environment, making it a more tolerable place to be at. You’re making it something you want to be good at.
Keep reading to find out how you can make the most of the autumnal months.
Tip #1: make a vision board
Like a pinterest board, a vision board is a collection of specific traits that make up who you are. It can show off your achievements, include your dream outfits, have your plan for your future, and so much more. Include your dream college, your extracurriculars or organizations you participate in or hope to participate in, your dream aesthetic, and even your friends who keep you motivated. Showcase your talents and your dreams. By designing your very own vision board, you’re personalizing your future. Vision boards help you to see the bigger picture: school may be boring now, but it will pay off in the long run.
Tip #2: dress like the main character of your story
Now that you have your aesthetic and goals laid out, it’s time for you to give some main character vibes. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need an expensive repertoire of outfits or that you need to dress in ways that make you uncomfortable. It just means dress how younger you envisioned how you would dress as a highschooler. Dress how the cool kids you looked up to used to dress. (Unless of course it’s inappropriate!) Dress in clothes that make you feel good about yourself. There is an extraordinary amount of psychology behind the clothes that we wear and how it makes us feel, so if you feel good in what you wear, then you will feel good in other aspects of your life, especially at school. Feeling good at school will help you to focus on the teachers’ lessons and on taking notes.
Tip #3: taking notes
That may sound like a no-brainer to some, but to others, it could be what makes or breaks your willingness to participate in school. However, taking notes does not have to be a daunting task. If you have an open mind and the right tools, note taking could actually be fun! Imagine the characters on your favorite T.V. shows and movies. Most shows made for high schoolers are usually about our age and go to school everyday too. The shows even make it a point to show them studying and taking notes. Use that to put yourself in the mindset of a T.V. or movie character at school. Write in your neatest handwriting, use different colored highlighters and pens, even type your notes if you see fit. Just make your notes fun!
Tip #4: utilizing music
Music is the soundtrack of your life. Remember, you are the main character in your own story. Use that to your advantage! Make a playlist of all your favorite songs to listen to when you’re chilling in your room, studying, and doing homework,
Tip #5: studying & homework
Speaking of studying and doing homework, the dreaded tasks, they can be done in an ideal way too. Remember your favorite character feverishly studying in order to pass that difficult upcoming test? Use that as fuel to get you going. You don’t even have to study in your room for hours at a time. Make your study space an environment you want to be in for a little while. It can be at a library, a friend’s house, a bookstore, or even a cafe! Taking breaks and giving yourself rewards while you study can be helpful too. Studying for short bursts has been shown to be more effective when learning a material so studying for 30-45 minute intervals and then taking a 10 minute break will probably be the most beneficial. In short, studying properly can help you to be good at school, which will make you more motivated to be productive while you’re there.
This is, at the very least, a brief and very limited list. As the main character, you are free to expand on these tips and apply them however you see fit for your own life. I hope this list is beneficial for staying motivated for your high school career.