Badhan Sarkar
Bangladeshi children usually spend 6 to 8 hours at school and after that, they spend 5 to 7 hours for doing homeworks and tuitions. A stereotypical thing that most parents belive in is that their children have to excel in everything, be it studies or music or karate or even swimming. In Bangladesh, some parents push their children to study for university admission from as early as 9th or 10th Grade. But the pressure of expectations actually makes things worse for children.
When it comes to academic success of a student, learning to manage time is a must. Good time management helps a student to improve their studies. It has been observed that there is no ‘best time’ for studies. Study time should be scheduled for a time when the student is the most focused and alert.
But studies have shown that a student’s brain tends to be sharpest in the morning, after a refreshing sleep and a nutritious breakfast. Creating a time schedule reduces the level of stress among students and it maintains the necessary amount of time for studying, and also how to use that time wisely.
Some are morning people who wake up with lots of energy and some are night owls who have more energy late at night. For some students, focusing on schoolwork is easier during the morning hours of the day, while others may find that studying at night works better for them.
Just like each student has a unique learning style, each student has their own set of productive time of the day, where they use most of the energy in studying.
Pushing kids into a rat race will not help them. This might lead to depression and anxiety in the young minds. Every student should maintain a proper schedule which could include a fixed time for meals, shower, recreation and also studying. It can be altered during exam season but without a proper schedule, a student will not be able to remain focused.
The student should mark down or enter all of the dates in the calendar that are set by the school, such as final examination dates or class times. If the student participates in a sport or any other co-curricular activities dates and times of each game and practice session should also be documented. After the athletic and fixed academic hours and activities have been entered on the calendar, it is time to add one’s study time.
As the children get upgraded to upper classes, they are introduced to more complex subjects. The workload is quite heavy. Thus they will have to study effectively for longer hours. Merely sitting in a classroom will not give them real-time understanding. The extra hours should be used for activity-based learning.
Nowadays many schools have training and extra classes for competitive exams right after school hours, increasing the overall time a child spends there. Something like a theatre workshop, even if it’s in the middle of the school hours, helps to rejuvenate the students. In Japan and in many preschools in America, the students are allowed a nap time in between classes so that they do not become exhausted after spending long hours at school.
Outdoor activities, a certain time away from electronic devices, one hour exercises, quality time with parents and friends keeps a student’s mental health refreshed balanced. Then along with this a student should balance time spent in school, tuitions and home works. They should try to complete all these at routine wise one by one, or if a student chooses, they can complete it in a combined manner.
Altogether it can be concluded that the key to fit in everything that a student needs is to establish a daily plan or routine for the whole academic year. Once the student gets accustomed to it, then it will be easier and efficacious for him/her to study effectively.

“In Japan and in many preschools in America, the students are allowed a nap time in between classes so that they do not become exhausted after spending long hours at school.”