Building Good Habits

As experienced tutors, we know that the students who show the greatest improvement on tests are those who have great habits. These habits are not only study habits, though those are crucial. They are also related to sleeping, eating, exercise, staying calm, working efficiently, and many more.

Fortunately, research has discovered a lot about what works to form great habits. This website is here to help you do that.  For last month’s habits & challenges, click here.


Monthly Habits: September

Learning to focus by setting boundaries (time-management, part I), specifically between you and your phone.


Habits are created with a particular cycle, like this:

Cue → Craving → Response → Reward

(For more on that, see here:


The Challenges below are meant to help you grow and learn in a variety of ways. We suggest you take on one each week. Each of them are designed to help you on your way to becoming a stronger learner overall. For last month’s challenges, click here.


Weekly Challenge:

Week 1 challenge: Practice good sleep hygiene → limit the time you spend in bed (or in your bedroom if possible) that isn’t dedicated to sleeping, try not to eat within two hours of going to sleep, limit screen time within an hour of sleep, etc. 
Week 2 challenge: Don’t look at your phone as soon as you wake up. For seven days, make a conscious choice to be awake for at least 30 minutes before checking your phone (except in emergencies, of course).
Week 3 challenge: Set a social media time limit. One hour or less daily. Can use Screen Time function on iPhone or set a timer.
Week 4 challenge: Every day for one week, use the Pomodoro Technique when approaching a daily task. Set a timer for a certain amount of time (no more than one hour!), then spend that time working on your task. After the time is up, take a 10-15 minute break. If you have more work to do, set another timer. If not, engage in another activity as desired (setting a timer if you find it helpful).