While attending high school I’ve learnt multiple life lessons, do not leave projects until the last minute, do not forget to take notes, try to decide what path you can see yourself going down in the future, but yet also enjoy the four years of high school because they go by fast. High School is hard for adolescents because it is necessary to develop balancing skills, for example, part time jobs, homework, a social life, as well as spending time with family. Sometimes it can be overwhelming/ mentally exhausting to complete tasks, study for tests, yet attend the high school semi-formal all in the same week. It sometimes feels impossible. It is important to ensure that you take care of yourself and your mental health before everything else. This complete test preparation outlines 5 basic necessities to take in account for the well being of mental health, as school is a lot easier to take on test and projects if the feeling of being overwhelmed is taken care of.
- Stress Relievers
- Stress relievers such as yoga and exercise can help reduce the amount of stress. It is important to remember that taking care of mental health is very important. Before the week of the test, times can get very stressful. Try using essential oils to reduce stress and anxiety.
- If you’ve had a stressful day, take a step back and remind yourself that it is one bad day and not a bad life. It is easy to get overwhelmed when you look too far ahead into the future, take a step back and focus on the obstacle in front of you.
- Surround yourself with positive influences instead of negativity.
- Download motivation quote apps or breathing activity apps to calm yourself down!
- It is important to communicate any concerns you have about your upcoming test or assignment.
- Go back and look at the assigned homework and make sure you did not just skip over a question that you did not understand at the time.
- If you are unsure and do not want approach and ask your teacher about the question, consult another teacher that teaches that subject.
- You should never be hard on yourself while studying. Refrain from negative comments about yourself. If your studying becomes overwhelming, it is okay to take a break once in a while! I cannot stress that enough. You should reward yourself with positive approaches.
- For example, reward yourself with Starbucks after you studied for 2 hours straight, take a break and focus on something else. Studies have shown that the body responds to positive reinforcement. Therefore, bribe yourself with candy after you read a full scene of Shakespeare, or finish re-doing your homework that was assigned throughout the unit.
- One of my biggest mistakes throughout grade 9 and 10 as PROCRASTINATION. Do not leave studying until the night before the test. Scientifically proven, the body needs 24hrs before it can fully retain information. That means, you should review concepts from the unit at least a week before.
- If you leave studying to last minute, you will only bring yourself stress. Also, in the end, if you review 1 lesson a night for a week, you can eliminate the last minute 5hrs of studying the night before your test.
- Proper Sleep and Nutrition
- It is not a good idea to leave studying until the night before an exam or test. This is a common habit that a lot of students possess, it is scientifically proven that the brain will function better on 8+ hours of sleep! The body will not retain any information at 1am in the morning.
- The body also needs to be fed with healthy foods such as vegetables, proteins etc. Stress eating is a real thing, trust me, but make sure that you are feeding yourself with the nutrients that the body needs to function.
*Key points to take away*
- Go over homework that you did not understand throughout the unit.
- If your teacher is not approachable, consult a different teacher who teaches the same subject.
- Stay positive!
- Take life one step at a time. Focus on one obstacle at a time, rather than the whole life plan.
2018 – 2018 Scholarship Entry
Date Published: Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
Date Modified: Monday, January 11th, 2021