How Students Find Focus, Motivation, and Wellness

What If?

How can you think about the latest physical change in your body, that upcoming chemistry test, the part-time job, basketball practice, college applications, dating, career options and… All without feeling a bit overwhelmed, anxious, or stressed?  And, this doesn’t even include those cell-phone interruptions!

What if you could soften and relax your racing thoughts?  If you could make a conscious decision to direct your mind to another place to “reset”, would you?


Holistic Learning’s Chief Wellness Officer Eli Marx-Kahn specializes in meditation and mindfulness exercises for student wellness because they teach how to simply “breathe out your worries”. And, these take just a few minutes to master. 

“Being aware of sensations in our bodies allows us to find stillness,” states Marx-Kahn.  “Through simple breathing exercises, we consciously decide to direct our mind to a place it can soften and relax.  Then, we learn to consistently recognize our own ‘home base’ or anchor. We can keep coming back to base as a source of peace. Once you have this, you are ready to tackle anything.”

In The 24 Brilliant Benefits Of Meditation For Students (Backed By SCIENCE), “… meditation has an incredibly wide range of benefits. These include focusing and concentrating for longer periods of time, lowering and coping with stress, improving self-esteem, and increasing resilience, motivation and social confidence.”

Habits For Lifelong Wellness

Intro to Meditation” is part of a 8-10 minute video series, important elements of Holistic Learning’s personal growth tools. However, teens quickly find the benefits of meditation are not just limited to the personal. A relaxed and grounded mindset helps to be a better, more focused student, as well. 

The Holistic Learning team is committed to providing academic, wellness, and career development tools to help students focus, relax and center.  These tools create mindfulness habits and prepare students to lead happy, healthy, and purposeful lives. 

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    10 Best Places For High School Students to Study


    This is by no means a comprehensive list, but these high school student study spots are tried and true and have worked for millions of students worldwide. A combination of these study places and times may work for you, or maybe you’d be better off picking one and sticking with it.  You get to decide, and you might be surprised to see how quickly establishing a study routine in these places will make you more productive and empowered! 

    1. The Library

    Tried and true, the library is still a great go-to for high school studying and tops all the lists for college as well as high school. Not only will you have peace and quiet but you should have great internet access and plenty of table space. 

    2. An Empty Classroom

    Ask your teacher or counselor if a room or classroom space is available after school. It can be a great place to study in peace.

    3. A Friendly Home 

    Have a family friend living nearby? An aunt or cousin?  A home with a real dining room table and home cooked food can be just the inspiration you need to put in a long study spot session. If it is a study buddy’s home, just be sure to set rules to stay focused – such as 40 minutes of focus, 10 min break, 40 minutes of focus and 15 minute break.  One more 40 minutes, and you’re done! 

    4. Outdoors

    Find a picnic table or front porch and study in the fresh air. Sometimes, new perspective is everything, !

    5. Basement, Fort, or Crawlspace

    Lots of teens and high school students find inspiration in creating one space for studying and another for reading for pleasure.  At times, they are the same.  Is there a spot in the house you can claim? Even a portion of your bedroom where you can create the lighting and color scheme to inspire absorption of those new geometry rules is the magical zone.

    6. Coffee Shops

    Many of these offer nice table space and free Wi-Fi. Just make sure you purchase something if you plan to take up their space!  High school students are usually welcome.

    7. A Quiet Diner

    A quiet diner is often a good choice for studying. Just make sure they don’t mind if you linger after the meal has been cleared away. A generous tip for your server is usually in order.

    8. A Bookstore

    Many bookstores have cafes, cozy chairs, tables and other additions to make them more welcoming to casual patrons like yourself. Why not take advantage of this ideal high school student study spot and go for it?

    9. The Bus

    Do you have to ride the bus or train to and from class each day? These make great high school study spots! Use the time you’re on board as a spot to study and open up some extra free time for other things you enjoy.

    10. Not a place, but a time.

    Have you tried changing the time you study?  Difficult to juggle  after school activities or early morning routines?  Does 8 pm work or is that the time you get sleepy?  Maybe shifting to 6 am for a good hour will meet with your body’s natural focus time.  You might be surprised.  Or, if there’s a good hour between school ending and your band practice, can you ask a teacher for a quiet corner that’s free of friend interruption? 

    Don’t hesitate to think outside the box for space and time study spots.  Remember, lots of late nights will work against you, eventually. Try to reserve your bed for sleep or leisure activities like reading only, so when it’s time to rest, you don’t associate it with stress or school work.

    For more help and information regarding high school learning strategies, wellness & meditation, 1-on-1 tutoring, college and career counseling, and career seminars, visit Holistic Learning, an online platform designed to help high school students achieve academic success as well as personal and professional growth. Parents and educators see it as a valuable supplement providing their students with the tools to live healthy, happy, and stress-free lives.

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      Why Wellness Must Lead Learning – Holistic Approach

      When students get ready for the school day and the overall school year, we generally assume some level of readiness is present.  In the wake of record low mental health and high suicides among teens, however, it is imperative the approach to learning must become holistic, addressing wellness first. 

      The Issue

      According to Davnee Foundation: Between 20% – 30% of adolescents report symptoms of depression. While depression once was considered an “adult” affliction, the mean age of onset today is 15. Almost 9 percent of high school students have attempted suicide in the past year. Reports are estimated to be highly underreported.

      Not to be overlooked is the age of 18.  “The percentage of adults who experienced symptoms of depression was highest among those aged 18–29 (21.0%) per the Center for Disease Control. Though the CDC classifies 18 as adult, this age refers to many high school seniors. 

      Pew Research Center reported pre-pandemic anxiety and depression were on the rise among America’s youth.  Whether they personally suffer from these conditions or not, seven-in-ten teens see them as major problems among their peers. Concern about mental health cuts across gender, racial and socio-economic lines. Equal shares of teens across demographic groups say it is a significant issue in their community. At this time, 61% reported getting good grades as the number one stressor.

      The Solution

      A holistic approach to learning puts wellness first. It includes understanding and supplementing mental, emotional, and physiological factors.  These affect how students process, internalize, relate to and ultimately learn and function. 

      So, how do teachers and parents supplement much needed support and reinforcement? Particularly for teens who do not express or show need?  Grades alone are also not an indicator of wellness, learning skills, or ability. 

      Chief Wellness Officer and Founder of Holistic Learning Eli Marx-Kahn provides perspective based on his experience in neuroscience. “Holistic Learning helps prepare high school students for college, jobs, and all of the challenges life may throw at them by providing a wide range of services across multiple domains.”

      “First, by providing an online tool with six unique wellness learning services, we help high school students thrive in all aspects of their lives,” continues Marx-Kahn.  “We meet students where they are and where they are willing to communicate. They can have as much or as little 1-1 or group interaction as they like.”  

      Services include: 
      1. Meditation and Wellness – Important for calming and centering the mind and body. Developing self-regulation skills is a key factor enabling teens to focus, while reducing stress and anxiety.
      2. Learning Strategies – Studying techniques and evidence-based memory consolidation from trained learning strategists.
      3. 1 on 1 Tutoring – Private tutoring in a range of subjects with top tier tutors from prestigious universities around the country.
      4. College & Career Counseling – College and career advice from credentialed counselors, Q&A sessions, and college application workshops.
      5. Career Seminars – Guest speakers from a wide variety of professions to help expose students to the many careers available to them.
      6. Personalized Progress Tracking – Regular 1-on-1 meetings with our learning experts to discuss academic, personal, and professional growth.

      According to mental health and addiction teen specialist Dr. Monica Roberts, “Engaging with teens is more important than ever.  They are suffering from isolation, distrust, and lack of healthy, mindful habits.  While cell phone habits contribute to this, a useful online supplement can provide them autonomy, control of pace and healthy habit learning skills.”    

      “We must reach teens and students where it resonates,” adds Marx-Kahn.  “Parents and teachers want to do their part as much as possible, but we don’t always feel like we’re getting through.  By putting a holistic twist on the process of learning, we can provide important life skills to teens in an otherwise challenging time. It is difficult to be both a student and positive minded young adult, but it is readily achievable. Our goal is to help every student get there.”

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