Throughout the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about habits. We all have our fair share of bad habits, like biting our nails, sleeping in late, or procrastinating (though obviously never procrastinating LogicPrep homework). Because of the habits we wish we could break, habits at large get a pretty bad rep. But there are actually some good habits, too! And if you start playing a more active role in shaping your own habits, you can set yourself up for all kinds of success--on standardized tests, in your classes, in sports and other extracurriculars, and beyond. So for this blog post, I figured I'd give my two cents on some different types of habits worth considering and, for almost all of us, trying to improve.
It’s crucial to get into the habit of doing your homework in a timely fashion! Set aside specific times to study, and try to study at the same time every day. Each time you sit down to work, set specific goals for yourself, and give yourself some kind of reward (e.g. a cookie) when you meet your goals.
Make sure you’re sleeping and waking up at roughly the same time every day, and that you’re getting all the sleep you need (this varies from person to person, but around 8 hours is usually a good amount to aim for). Being well-rested will ensure that you’re focused and thinking clearly throughout your day, and that you have the mental stamina to power through all your classes, tests and assignments.
Remember, food is fuel! You want the best fuel for your body and mind, especially before a big test or event. In addition to generally trying to eat healthy meals, you should get in the habit of eating a good breakfast every morning and staying away from sugar late at night.
As an ACT and SAT tutor, I feel it is my duty to emphasize this one! LogicPrep hosts several proctored practice tests every weekend. Getting into the habit of coming in for these tests helps you build a number of other habits--getting used to the early wake up, getting a feel for the pace of each of the sections, learning to tune out the chit chat of other test takers during the breaks. All of this might seem pretty simple, but the act of coming in and taking these tests is one of the most helpful things you can do to build the right habits for when you take the test for real.
Now, don’t be too overwhelmed by the many things I've listed above--I’m only tossing out some habits to consider. The good news is, almost any good habit you work on will make it easier for you to work on others! So maybe the best way to start is to pick one to focus on, whether it’s sleeping enough or eating a good breakfast or studying at the same time every day, and then check in with yourself in a few weeks to see if it’s improved your life in any tangible way. Odds are, it will.
-Sarah S, Instructor