At Tokyo Academics, achieving an A in AP Biology (or any other course) shouldn’t be the end of the journey. We want to teach students great study habits, effective learning techniques, and ways to stay focused by providing them with tools to prepare for lifelong learning. A key piece of this is also learning how to apply knowledge and make (and sometimes break) things.
In this vein, we wanted to let everyone know about some of the exciting things happening behind the scenes. We’ve gathered the best tutors and students in Japan, and despite being busy with test prep and a multitude of school subjects, our tutors and students have been finding ways to do even more.
If you’re interested in getting more involved or doing a project, sign up for a class to learn the basics, talk to your tutor, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! While getting your academics and target test scores on track are the highest priority, we’re always happy to figure out how we can help you reach the next level.
Continuing on the last post's theme of getting things done, here's the Tokyo Academics philosophy on distraction. We hear from many of our students (and parents!) that they face endless distractions. The world has a seemingly infinite number of people, places, things, ideas, and advertisements, all seeking a share of our time. How do we block this all out and focus?
There are three main categories of distraction:
A) Rehearsal loops: Your mind goes in circles remembering what you need to do instead of doing what you need to do
B) Environmental: The ambient level of noise and disturbances where you are working lowers your productivity
C) Impulses / events: Intrusions by electronic messages, visitors, phone calls, etc. jolt you out of your concentration
At Tokyo Academics, we have ways we use to limit each of these:
A) Rehearsal loops
C) Impulses / events
Lastly, if you ever need a quiet, supervised, and central place to study, all of our students are always welcome to work at the Tokyo Academics learning center, whether they have a lesson or not.
"It doesn't matter if you want to be an artist or an engineer or a scientist - if you're not organized, you're not going to get anything done." -Overheard at Tokyo Academics
Ever have a busy day but end up not accomplishing anything? Ever feel like you're doing a lot of work but not really getting any closer to your goals? Quite a few parents and students have asked about this, so to get everyone else in the loop, I'm writing about a tool we use at Tokyo Academics to focus on the most important things, and in the right priority.
A. Write all your tasks down
Your brain constantly reminds you about the things you have to do ("rehearsal loops"). This takes energy and brainpower. Transfer this mental load onto paper, and you stop having to keep 50 things in your mind distracting you while you're trying to focus on accomplishing something.
B. Prioritize your tasks
Listing the tasks in order of importance already helps quite a bit. Even better than listing things in importance, is evaluating them by urgency (how soon you have to do them). Many of us at TA use a tool to do just that. The Eisenhower matrix helps us by listing our tasks into four quadrants:
Do tasks based on the order of the quadrants: 1, then 2, maybe 3, but almost never 4
Edit: Below, we have an example of this chart filled out by one of our very own students.