How to Hack School: A Students’ Guide to Slaying the Game

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But what if you could do it all more easily and have more time for friends and doing the things you want to do. All without dropping your grades or losing the memories.

Here’s how…

(Note: Also check out this post: The Students’ Guide to Disrupting the System and this one: 20 Ways to do School Better: A Guide for Students)

Do as much as you can when you can. Work in class or during a free or a subs lesson or in the car. Getting it done sooner means you have more time later.

Audit. Check out clubs and activities before you commit. There’s nothing worse than being involved in doing something you don’t want to do.

Crowdsource: Set up study and note-taking groups (use a collaborative platform like Google Docs). This way, you get the benefit of multiple minds.

You can’t do it all. Decide on what needs to be done and do that.

It’s all about the memories. Make sure that you get involved in things that will give you experiences and help you to make some cool memories.

Sleep. Seriously. Your brain needs it.

Plan and get organized. If we’re all honest, you waste time when you’re not organized. Know what you need to do and when you need to do it. Know where things are. Have what you need nearby. Yes, this takes up time now, but it saves you time later. Use a calendar rather than a diary.

Play. It doesn’t always have to be so serious.

Learn the system. School is a system. And f you learn how the rules work, you can bend them more easily.

Take a break. Take some time to chill. But not too much. Otherwise, you’ll end up procrastinating and getting nothing done,

Hack the test. Most teachers set tests based on very predictable patterns and structures. In fact, they often have to. Learn to spot the patterns and use them when you’re preparing.

Hack participation. Try to get your answers in early. If you don’t, you’re sure to be called on to answer later.

Hack the teacher. Learn what teachers like and don’t like and play accordingly.

Be creative. Teachers love it when you add something unusual or personal or different to your assignments.

Get help. Seriously. If you’re stuck, if you don’t understand, if things aren’t going well – get help. Feeling good means you get things done and have more time for yourself.

Don’t obsess. Let it go. It’s probably not as important as you think it is.

Find connections. Find connections to other subjects and to real-life examples. This helps you to learn more easily.

Embrace the struggle. It’s real. But it also helps you to learn and deal better. Don’t give up – fight through it.

Study hacks. Find more efficient and more effective ways to study. And remember: Most of your studying is done in class: listen, ask questions, contribute your ideas, and make sure you understand instead of leaving it all for later.

On your feet. Get up and do it yourself. You are going to have to sooner or later.



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