Statistics have shown for quite some time how those do better in school differ from those who do not in their behavior patterns and therefore beliefs. What are students who achieve better grades doing to succeed in school? Here are eight things I asked my students, based on research and statistics, if they are doing to do better in school.
1. Statistics show that students who attend a place of worship on the weekend consistently will do better in school. Do you attend a place of worship on the weekend?
2. You need rest to do well in school. At least eight hours and sometimes more. Do you get to bed by at least 10:00 every school night?
3. It is hard to focus on the work of study when your stomach is growling. You need a good breakfast. Whether at school or at home, do you get a good breakfast every school day?
4. Now for the hard part. Is your brain too small? Statistically students who are exposed to too much media have smaller brains. Research indicates more than two hours of media (TV, computer, ipad, video games, videos, etc.) causes brain shrinkage. Could you be watching too much media?
5. Sports! Being active is a great way to release stress and feel better in your body so you can study. Are you active?
6. Music? Yep. Listening to good, selective music helps you to become less stressed. And being less stressed helps you do better on your homework and studying. Especially classical music because it based on the best three music compositions: math, science, and emotion. So listening to good music helps you become less stressed so you can do better at studying. Do you listen to good music?
7. Studying, actually doing your homework, increases learning retention. Wow! Whodathunk? You need to do your homework in a place where you can actually think and study so you gain in your understanding. Do you do your homework after school?
8. Asking others for help is yet another way to do better in school. Can you ask your teacher for help? Your parents? Your older brother or sister? Are you finding the help you need to do better. Explain to them your motivation–“I want to do better in school (or in a subject like math). Will you help me?” Do you have someone you can ask to help you do better in your studying?
I then asked my students to “Conduct your own experiment!” And “Do you want to better in school?” I then challenged them with, “Which of these will your try out for three weeks:
Attending church every week
Eating a good breakfast every day
Getting to bed earlier
Being more active
Not watching TV or being on computer devices before coming to school
Not playing on video games/computer/ipads, etc for more than 2 hours a day
Listening to good music
Taking homework home and doing it after school.”
I hope to see some improvements and I won’t stop the encouragement. If we would just follow the research…
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-08/isu-sic082712.php –or– http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/107/2/423.full