By Summer Cloud.
We can all probably admit that we don’t necessarily have the best habits pertaining to school. Whether it’s A) deeming breakfast as optional, B) staying up until 3 a.m. binging on our favorite TV show, C) waiting until the very last possible moment to finish a paper, or D) all of the above, we all have something we could improve upon.
Hack 1: Get. Enough. Sleep.
While it can be super easy to lose track of time due to Netflix’s autoplay technology, catching enough Z’s is absolutely vital to improving your concentration and learning capacity. Sleep deprivation can also strongly affect your mood and incentive, leaving you feeling sluggish, irritable and unmotivated.
It’s said that the optimum amount of sleep for teenagers is between 8 to 10 hours a night. Although according to one study, a mere 15% claimed to be sleeping 8 ½ hours or more on school nights (“Teens” 2014). Surprising? Not really.
Now even if you absolutely cannot manage to get 8 ½ hours of sleep each night, you’re not completely out of luck; enter the ever-helpful Sleepyti.me bedtime calculator. For those who haven’t heard of it, Sleepyti.me is a website where you simply enter the time you have to wake up in the morning and (by counting sleep cycles) it generates a list of ideal times for you to fall asleep in order for you to wake up re-energized and alert. You can thank me later.
Hack 2: The Most Important Meal of the Day
If you’re like me, waking up at the latest possible minute in order to be to class on time (or not) forces you to grab a mug of coffee and run for the door. Doing so will land you in a state of extreme fussiness and hunger until lunch finally arrives. Moral of the story: don’t be like me. Breakfast is labeled the most important meal of the day for good reason.
Skipping breakfast is extremely common for high schoolers: a trend you should have no place in following (do as I say, not as I do). Studies show that by simply taking a little extra time to grab a bite before you head out the door, you improve your ability to focus in the classroom and boost your metabolism (Moore 2018).
Here are just a few quick ideas:
- Hard boiled egg
- Avocado toast
- Apple slices and peanut butter
- Greek yogurt
Hack 3: Stay Hydrated
Making sure you stay hydrated throughout the day helps deliver stimulating nutrients to your brain, which can help improve alertness and attention. On top of that, water also attributes to clear, supple skin and helps to naturally cleanse your body.
As a student myself, I understand that changing all of these tendencies is an unreasonable suggestion which, if we’re honest with ourselves, just isn’t going to happen. But if you can focus on changing even just one out of the three, that is still a step in the right direction and can do a world of good.
Moore, M. (2014, January 21). 5 Reasons Your Teen Needs Breakfast. Retrieved from
Teens and Sleep. (2018). Retrieved from https://sleepfoundation.org/