Study Hacks for Beginners 101. Lesson One: Ditching the Crack Pipe
[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ow, I know what you're thinking, what percentage of high school students are actually active crack users? Well, let me tell you... just about 99.99 percent. Are you confused? Alright, let me clarify: I'm not talking about drugs here, I'm talking about cell phones and the new plague of our generation, social media.
An article in the Washington Post claims that the average American teenager spends "about nine hours everyday consumed on their phones" (Tsukayama). This is just over one-third of almost every teenagers' daily activities. So, let me ask you a question: if teenagers spend roughly one-third of their day on social media, how are they getting anything done? With two-thirds of their time being spent at school and on their phones, what is done with the remaining eight hours o f the day? Is this precious time used for sleep? Homework, maybe? Sports and extracurriculars? SAT prep? College applications?
The truth is that the answer is different for every student, because there are endless possibilities as to what they are doing with their time. Really, should they be spending their time watching endless amounts of cat videos and sending text messages, or should that time be spent doing their homework and getting that needed eight hours of rest? When people say that they are struggling in school, it can most likely be linked to one thing; they are addicted to their cell phones.
The first study hack for beginners is to ditch the crack pipe (A.K.A the cell phone) altogether, from the time you go to school in the morning until the time you finish your homework everyday. I know that many will find this extremist challenge to be outrageous and impossible, but its effects truly do yield great results. Not only that, but setting a specific bedtime to go to sleep at every night allows roughly thirty minutes max of social media/texting time. The less time you spend on social media, the more you time you are going to spend doing your homework, playing sports or exercising, and, most importantly, sleeping. The more sleep you get at night will not only increase your alertness at school the next day, but it will keep you from being tired: more sleep = more brain-power.
Telling someone how to improve their schoolwork with specific methods of studying for a class or test may work for some people; however, the majority of people don't all learn the same way. This is why limiting your use of technology to thirty minutes a day is a guaranteed improvement to your study time. Not only that, but it will make you less tired throughout the day.