KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | August 2016

Be a School Ninja

By Clayton Koh

Do you want to be a “school ninja” this year? Any ninja knows that sometimes you have to face opponents that come in all shapes and sizes. When you think of school, you may have a subject that you don’t like very much. It may seem as if that subject is your opponent or enemy. But you can’t give up! As a school ninja, you can master even your least-favorite subject by practicing just a few super ninja skills: 

Positive attitude:Start with a positive “I CAN DO IT” attitude. You are a smart kid, created in God’s image. He’s made your brain in an amazing way. Kids who know this and believe that they CAN do well WILL do well.

Open mind: Keep your mind wide open. Just because reading, math, or science wasn’t your favorite subject last year, that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it this year. You will have many new learning experiences this year that may show you how exciting your least-favorite subject can be. 

Set short-term goals: When you have a large task to complete, break it up into smaller goals. For example, if you need to read 20 books by the end of the quarter, don’t think about the whole quarter. Just focus on reading two books each week. Smaller, short-term goals are much easier to accomplish. 

Reward yourself: We all like celebrating and getting rewards. Work with your family to set up rewards for meeting goals or getting homework done. Maybe you can have 30 minutes of extra playtime if you get your homework packet done, or you can do a fun activity with your friends if you meet your reading goal for the month. 

Ask for help: If you’re struggling to like a subject in school, ask for help. Your teachers and parents are there to help you to learn. Don’t be afraid to ask. 

Make it fun: Make learning fun! If you need to memorize the states and capitals, find an online game that will quiz you, or make a puzzle out of a map of the U.S. If you don’t enjoy studying your spelling words, cut them up into pieces and put them back together again. If you make it fun, your brain will actually learn better. 

Break up your study time:  Don’t sit for too long. Set a timer and focus really hard for just 15 minutes. When the timer rings, set it for one or two minutes and do something fun (such as run around, get a snack, or work on a puzzle or coloring book). When the timer rings, get back to your studying. Giving your brain a break will actually help it focus better when you are studying.