Hello. I am currently a sophmore in a specialized High school in NYC who is doing ok but can do A LOT better. I usually don't study for tests and get in the 75-85 range, while when I do decide to actually prepare and review the material I can score above 95. I take the two AP classes available this year APES and APWH. I am involved in a few EC's; Model UN, Swim Team, and the occasional after school conference. I find it hard to study for an appropriate amount of time without getting distracted and I tend to complete my assignments late at night. The primary reason for this is video games. I play maybe 4-5 hours of video games on schoolnights alone. I usually sleep anytime from 1 AM to 5 AM, waking up at 6 for swim practice. I do believe this lack of sleep is killing me; emotionally, socially, and academically. I usually fall asleep everyday during French and AP World. I am tired and groggy all throughout the school day. When I get home I throw my work aside and go straight to the games.
I need help. I need help throwing aside this addiction and significantly reducing my game time. If I spend less time playing I have more time to do my work and study, sleep, and even fit in some more EC's. So my questions are:
How can I shake an addiction?
What are some solutions specific to my problem?
WHat are some ways I can get motivated to focus on my studies and avoid distractions?
My dream school is Columbia University, and I believe that if I raise my GPA and begin studying for the SAT tests I can make a viable candidate.
Thank you! My first post hope I didn't sound ignorant/arrogant