Extra-curricular Subjects and Their Role to Make You Smarter

For most conventional schools, the educational curriculum entails the necessary subject triad – Math, Science, and English – as well as other courses related to a student’s chosen field. Apart from that, a student is also required or given the option to take extra-curricular subjects namely Physical Education, Music, Foreign Language, and the non-traditional, no-teacher, extra-curricular activity namely Social Gatherings.

For a student who wants to be a theoretical physicist, what exactly is the use of these subjects? For a lanky English major, what does a PE class provide? These subjects are actually more helpful to a student’s life than meets the eye.

Physical Education

With a load of subjects that require you to read thick novels and uninteresting text books, and several subjects that ask you answer pop quizzes, surely you would need a class to have an outlet for your pent-up, fun-deprived life. A PE class actually balances out all those mental exercises you do in all your other classes.

Benefits of exercise can bring long-term effects and short-term ones. For long-term advantages, exercise can lessen your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis, to name a few. However, since you are still a student, the short-term effects can help you keep up with your daily activities. For one, exercise lightens up your mood. As aforementioned, you need to balance your mental stresses with a physical outlet. With a 10-minute cardio, endorphins from exercise will tickle your brain enough until your next class, at least. If so, brisk walking to your next class can also be a good alternative.

Foreign Language

Learning foreign language does not only elicit better communication skills with other nationals. In fact, knowing a second language makes you better and more aware in your lingua franca. Because you are studying linguistic facets of a different language, you also become aware of grammar mechanics and syntax in your own language.

Apart from being proficient in more than one language, a foreign language class can also prepare you for the international job market and for the travel bug. Learning a different language opens you to more cultures and makes you aware of issues that traverse geographical borders.


Music is another form of language. And like language, man’s music cognition is wired in the left side of the brain responsible for processing language and words, logic, math, and analysis. In fact, music also stimulates the brain’s emotional and motor centers. So don’t fight the music!

Social Gatherings

The first thing that comes to mind when talking about extra-curricular activities in school is partying and having a night life. Though this may lead to sleepless nights and delayed projects, social events actually make you not only a better student but a better person in general. With social events, you are forced into talking with people you don’t really know and to engage in small talks or to keep conversations going for a long time. These skills are not learned and measured through books and tests. Hence, the educational system somehow devised a way to create a hassle-free subject that adheres to a very unconventional setting relative to Math, Science, and English classes.

If the basis of success relies solely on producing an enhanced brain, then the educators who have subscribed to these extra-curricular activities hit the nail pretty hard. But kidding aside, Physical Education, Music, Foreign Language, and even late night parties can in fact help the educational path students take. So make sure you don’t miss PE for a requirement on Shakespeare or miss Foreign Language class just to finish your project on Mechatronics.


Improving Studies by Sleeping and Time Management

It’s another weekday. It’s another night to spend cramming on your school papers and pulling an all-nighter for that test announced a month in advance. For a student, sleep is for the weak.

Some students believe that sleeping is succumbing to weakness. The night will ever be as young as their bloods dedicated not only to studying but also to social life. After all, college always entails those extra-curricular activities for the subject of social excellence and to avoid those socially awkward conversations with your boss once you finish your education, right?

However, sleep is actually more necessary than you think, and sleep deprivation is in fact more dangerous than a hangover during a Science test.

According to researchers, sleep activates the brain’s glymphatic system that helps flush out unnecessary clutter in our thinking center. Basically, the glymphatic system is the cleaning system of the brain. When a student becomes sleep deprived, clutter accumulates in the brain making him not only less alert but also less smart. The clutter is deemed to be what causes dementia or memory loss. Hence, when you use your “sleep is for the weak” mantra the night before a test, expect a less than normal memory recollection.

Instead of your “sleep is for the weak” chant, your grades and probably your entire education will get better if you abide by the “time is gold” aphorism.

First and foremost, ask yourself how much time you spend in school and how much time you need to finish requirements for the day. Do you dedicate precious hours for club activities? If so, use that to satisfy your social needs. Learn to decline invitation or extra work if it is not as precious as your friends say it is. As much as possible, avoid parties and get-togethers from Mondays to Thursdays. Instead, Fridays can become your free day since you can do school requirements over the weekend. But don’t abuse it because you might fall into a cycle of no-sleep cram-night again.

Next, never consider procrastination. Procrastination is every crammer’s Bible. It believes that pleasurable things can be done now instead of a responsibility-driven activity. The procrastination bug has bitten all of us once. Some still have the fever, others have overcome it. For the new you, overcoming procrastination means knowing your priorities. Some people find having a to-do list calming, others just luckily remember. Either way, if you are given a task, finish it immediately so that you can move on to your next priorities. Remember that doing as many things as you can in 24 hours can make you feel a sense of productivity and self-worth.

The most important among these is to have time for sleep. As mentioned, sleep will not only keep your brain healthy but also keep it sharp. Furthermore, having ample sleep time also makes you more active. Hence, you can be productive for the entire day. Imagine you do not have to sleep during Calculus and not allot that extra time to study it alone!

Having sleepless nights is ultimately bad for your educational run. No matter how tangentially you think it touches on your studies, sleeping can in fact dictate how many things you can finish in a day. If you pair it with good time management skills, surely you will graduate on time too!