As per The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition, children and adolescents should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise/physical activity every day. This not only helps in improving their overall health, but also boosts academic performance.
Let us take a look at how physical activities affect academic performance:
- Better Cognitive and Motor Skills: The dynamic interaction between cognitive and motor skills during physical activities help in improving attention span and coping levels which help in academics.
- Academic Behavior: Physical activities improve academic behavior by promoting a positive range of behaviors such as organization, attendance, planning, scheduling, on-task behavior and more. Kids who engage in after-school physical activities enjoy superior allocation of neural resources for better working memory tasks in class.
- Higher Attendance: Children who participate in any form of physical activity during school hours or after school are more likely to enjoy better health than those who are sedentary. Better heath translates into higher attendance and good grades in the long run.
- Better Sleep: Sleep is crucial for optimal brain functioning as it affects how neurons interact and communicate with one another. Children who are physically active tend to enjoy better and deeper sleep which impacts their brains functioning and academic performance. They have reduced stress and anxiety levels and are calmer and more focused throughout their school hours.
- Problem-Solving Skills: Team work and competition are usually a part of physical activities. These skills also help in academics as they teach kids the value of setting goals and achieving them. They learn how to solve problems in order to get the desired result. This makes them more focused, consistent and resilient even in academics.
- More Energy: Children who are engaged in one form of physical activity or the other are more energetic in the classroom. Physical activity rejuvenates the mind and body as a result of which children are fresher and more alert during their learning sessions. They have a better understanding and retention power of what is taught in class.
One of the best ways of encouraging children to be active is to engage them in an after-school club where a variety of physical activities are available for children of different age-groups. This will not only improve your child’s academic performance, but also his/her mental and emotional health. Physically active children are more engaged and motivated in the process of learning due to which they are more likely to get higher test scores and grades.
Academic success is the culmination of hard work, consistent efforts, discipline, right resources, time management and a variety of other factors. A combination of strategies that suit one’s method of studying, schedule and goals are to be used to be successful academically.
It is important to work efficiently and develop skills that help reach the potential to achieve academic success. Tips for achieving academic success are:
- Planning: Planning before sitting down to study helps in managing your time in the most appropriate way. It helps you to compartmentalize your day into different blocks of time and figure out what is the best time for studying without distractions.
- Set Goals: It is important to set goals for what you want to achieve. Goals give direction to a plan and ensure faster results are achieved. While setting goals, prioritize tasks as per the amount of time you can afford to commit to them. This will help to do justice to other spheres of your life as well, while you work towards academic success.
- Be Your Own Competition: Resist the urge to comparing your performance with others. It will relieve you of unwanted pressure and help you focus on what you want to achieve as per the standards you have set for yourself.
- Take Part In Extracurricular Activities: Mental and physical recovery is paramount for academic success. It helps one remain stress-free and also increases productivity and efficiency. So, take out time for your favorite extracurricular activities like singing, playing games, attending your favorites clubs, etc.
- Attend Classes: Never underestimate the power of class attendance in improving academic performance. Attending classes exposes students to unique viewpoints on a topic shared by a teacher, valuable discussions and useful exam tips.
- Take Notes: Note-taking( both in class and while studying by oneself) is important to understand a subject better. Reviewing notes jotted down during a lecture and highlighting key points makes it easier to revise and memorize a lesson. Notes also make it easier to refresh one’s memory before the next chapter/topic starts.
- Work On Your Memory: Based on your level of concentration, use a method that suits you to memorize what you study. Commonly used methods are flashcards, acronyms, drawing diagrams, recalling what you study in your own words, summarizing, etc.
- Take Tests Smartly: While taking tests, pay attention to oral and written directions, skim through the exam before starting it, start with the easy questions, look for qualifier words (none, never, most, etc.) and relax.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas
organize various academic success programs to help children reach their full potential. The programs are aimed to develop necessary skills and gain practical experience. For more details on tips to achieve academic success, visit 304 W Ave B, Killeen, TX – 76541. You can also contact (254) 699 – 5808.