It is not surprising that most students barely sleep because they have a heavy course load and many extracurricular activities. Unfortunately, most students have this assumption that it isn’t possible to even get 7-8 hours of sleep a day and think that “sleep is for the weak.” In reality, sleep is essential to one’s physical and mental health. Also, getting a good amount of sleep makes people feel more happy. Although this article may not guarantee 7-8 hours of rest, it may help you to get extra minutes of sleep without having to sacrifice your grades and activities.
I cannot emphasize this point enough. Even if I am not an actual digital minimalist as I am still subject to distractions, trying to spend less time on your phone and computer is very helpful. For the desktop, I would download extensions and programs that can block websites and applications. Another helpful habit I do is to only check my email once a day instead of checking many times. For my phone, the main reason why I don’t spend much time on it is that I don’t have social media or any gaming apps. For digital communication, I limit time on it by checking once a week at a specific time of the day. Also, I check my screen time statistics every day to be self-aware of my habits. For me, these screen time minutes are like a challenge: see how little time you can spend on your phone. In this scenario, I believe that less is more. In all honesty, you don’t really need to use your phone except for calling important people like your parents. In fact, leaving your phone in another place makes you have fewer thoughts about whether you have to respond as soon as possible. There is a common fear among people that if you don’t respond as soon as possible, this isn’t a good form of communication. However, it doesn’t hurt to reply at a specific time once a day for a short duration rather than being very sporadic and intermittent.
Estimated time saver: 30 minutes-1 hour.
2. Planning out your day
Usually, I plan out my day during the night before it actually happens. With an organized schedule on your purpose, goals, and agenda of the day, it makes you less likely to feel lost and confused about what you are supposed to do. On my schedule, I usually write the time of day by creating blocks and estimate the amount of time it should take. Doing so prevents you from entering internet rabbit holes and other activities that suck away time.
Estimated time saver: 15 minutes-30 minutes.
3. Maximizing Time At School
3. Maximizing time at school
Because students in Quarry Lane have academic prep for 3.5 hours a week, they are given an ample amount of time to complete their homework. By completing homework that takes up 3.5 hours of your week, that saves you time at home. I can understand that it can be tempting to sit with your good friends and have fun by chatting or watching funny videos. Sorry to be blunt, but it is a wasted opportunity to use study period as free time instead of homework time. If you want to take the further step, squeeze out those extra minutes during flex and lunch to do homework in the library or somewhere quiet (ex. a classroom).
Estimated time saver: 1 hour
4. Study less, study smart (a process that is still being determined)
I would say I have a hard time with how to be efficient with studying. Like many students, I have a fear that you have to study x amount of hours to get a good grade. In reality, this shouldn’t be the case. The easiest way to not to spend too much time on studying is by using the active recall method so you can effectively identify weak spots. The active recall method is pretending that you are the teacher and lecturing on a particular topic as if you were teaching it to someone. At some point, you will notice that you don’t remember some concepts or explained them incorrectly. Once you go over your weak spots until you get them correctly, you are done. You don’t need to go over things you are strong in because that wouldn’t really help you a lot. For instance, don’t waste time doing math problems on a concept you already got correct based on past quizzes or homework assignments. Last but not least, ask friends and teachers about your concerning questions or else you will keep making the same mistakes. Sure, you may get 3% less on a test because you didn’t study that much, but when you think about it in the long run, it may be more reasonable to spend that time on extracurriculars as well as getting a good amount of sleep.
Estimated time saver: 1 hour-2 hours
Total amount of hours saved (if attempted to follow procedure): around 2.5-3 hours.