8 Ways Students can be Punctual
- Feb 12, 2015
How often are you right on time for your school, dear students? Guys, I expect an honest answer please! When was the last time you didn’t blame the slow traffic when you were late for your morning school assembly? When I was a school-kid, one of my friends became the butt of ridicule for arriving late to school every single day. He always had his excuses ready: at times it was his stomach that ached badly, or his watch stopped working.
I bet some of you might be thinking, “Why is it so important to be punctual, when we’re already great in academics?” First of all, you must get rid of this idea as soon as it enters your brain. For, to sustain your academic excellence, you must be a smart time manager too. And, needless to say, reaching your educational institute on time is the first step towards achieving outstanding time management skills!
Punctuality, in fact, is amongst the top strategies followed by quick learners. It enhances your reputation amongst your peers as well as your teachers. So, start cultivating the good habit of being punctual, right since your childhood. Here are the top eight ways students can inculcate punctuality in their daily routine:
- Understand why you must be on time: Firstly, you must know the significance of being on time. And of course, the benefits associated to punctuality. Arriving on time and submitting your assignments on or before time can impress your teachers. This leads to better grades at school or college, and finally increased opportunities for scholarships! If you practice it regularly, it soon becomes a part of you. From punctual students, you go on to become punctual employees who are loved by their bosses. So, be determined to be on time.
- Take adequate rest: Cannot stop hitting the snooze button on your alarm the first thing in the morning? Are you sure you’re grabbing adequate sleep, students? A good night’s slumber would check your drowsiness when you wake up. Therefore, make it a point to hit the sack at least within 10 p.m., if you have school the next day. Remember, a sleep-deprived brain would usher in laziness, thereby preventing you from being alert. Isn’t it natural to reach your destination late in such a circumstance?
- Calculate your grooming time: Most students lose out on a lot of time getting ready for school or college. This aggravates matters, especially if they’ve already woken up late! I have an idea that can help calculate how much time you require to groom yourself up for your school. Why not wake up early one fine morning and pace yourself? Note the amount of time consumed by you as you brush, take a bath, put on your clothes and have your breakfast. Do all these things steadily.
- Evaluate how much time you need to reach school: Now, you are ready for school, right? Time to evaluate how much time you require to reach your destination timely, students. And, do it intelligently. I mean, subtract about fifteen minutes from the scheduled time. It would give you ample time to reach school, enjoy a little chat with your friends or visit the restroom. For instance, if your first class starts from 8.00 a.m., ensure that you are present in your seat at least by 7.55 a.m. It’s only possible if you aren’t late.
- Communicate with your teacher: Do you know what is the most common habit of punctual people? It is effective ‘communication’ that makes them different from their competitors. Try your best to communicate your problems to your teacher, or school principal. If there exists a genuine reason that has been responsible for your late marks, the concerned authority deserves to know it. For example, your bus might be arriving late daily. Or, you might have to prepare your own breakfast and lunch every day. Keep this line of communication open.
- Know your teacher’s instructions: Another trick to be punctual is to be aware of your teacher’s instructions. Some teachers prefer students to arrive in their classroom ten minutes before time! A teacher might have certain important announcement to make. Or, it might simply be her habit that saves time for better explanations. Never question or blame your teacher for this, even if you personally don’t agree with such a rule. Instead of inviting trouble, work according to your teacher’s instructions. After all, teachers are more experienced than students, isn’t it?
- Pay attention to traffic: Do you travel by public transport or use the school bus to reach your school? Or, do you use your own private vehicle? Whatever be the case, always listen to any news related to traffic, in your city. And plan your trip based on the latest news. Avoid taking a route that has been declared to be congested on a particular day. In addition, I would suggest you also keep a backup plan for commuting to school. It saves time and worry too.
- Set your watch forward: Humans tend to become extremely lazy at times! How many times have you given in to the temptation of sleeping for that ‘five minutes extra’? Finally those five minutes stretch to a minimum of thirty minutes, and before you realize it, you are already late. So, even though you are wearing a wristwatch or have a clock in front of you, you run out of time. Setting your watch at least ten minutes forward can help save you some time.
Follow these simple techniques students, and develop a habit of punctuality from a tender age. Trust me, it would truly work wonders for you. And, yes, being on time is not at all difficult to say the least. In numerous schools, teachers motivate students to practice punctuality in more ways than one. For instance, they award extra grading points to students who are always on time. Others present awards to the ‘most punctual student of the year’ and so on. It’s time to impress people around you friends, with your new level of discipline and punctuality!
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