TEENS: Study Tips for Teens, by Teens

17 February 2015

Wow what a start to the year! School is back in full swing and we are left wondering where the holidays went! This year, the Shine From Within team launched a new half day workshop for teen girls called Back 2 School. It covered releasing negative habits and thought patterns from the year before, time management skills, stress relief tactics and setting goals for the year ahead.

As always, I learned a thing or two from the girls who attended! It was wonderful to have a room full of girls keen to get off on the right track when school started back (even if some of them were sent by their parents). They were engaged, excited to share their tips and had loads of questions.

When we asked what worked for them in terms of time management and study, these were the top tips they came up with:

  • Break your study and assignments up in to smaller tasks.
  • Have one diary for everything; including assignments, work and social activities so that you can clearly see how many commitments you have.
  • Turn off your phone (glad it came from them and not me!).
  • Cultivate positive relationships with teachers.
  • Go for a run or do some sort of exercise to clear your head.
  • Create a study group with like-minded students at school to support each other.
  • Drink lots of water and eat fresh healthy foods.
  • Get organised and use worksheets and tools to support your way of learning.
  • Write your to-do list for tomorrow, today.
  • Ensure you have a clear, neat desk space to study.
  • Create an afternoon ritual that works for you to get in to study mode.
  • Schedule in time to have fun and look after yourself too.

What I found really interesting is that the students who came along already knew what they needed to do. It is just having the motivation and support to actually put things in place and create healthy habits that work for them. Everyone has different styles of learning, different times of day when they can focus the best and different distractions to be aware of. The sooner they can tune in to what actually works well for them and get in to a routine, the better!



Written by

Amanda Rootsey

Amanda Rootsey is the Founder of Shine From Within, a Sunshine Coast based training school specialising in holistic personal development courses for 10 – 18 year old girls. Our next course for teens is a 5 day course during the April school holidays which covers everything from natural skin care and make up, to goal setting, communication skills, job interview skills, nutrition, yoga and more. Check out the details here: www.shinefromwithin.com.au/shine-pd

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