It’s that time of year again. I don’t mean beach weather or the season finale of Big Bang Theory, I mean the end of the school year. As the weather gets warm and the days get longer, teachers seem to pile on the homework as exams loom large. Whether you’re a dedicated student or find school boring, end of year projects and tests can be frightening. So, how do you balance Prom, hanging out with friends, sports and studying for finals?
Here’s a list of five tips that will help you balance your time and make it to summer vacation with minimal stress!
1. Make priorities: Writing down your assignments, due dates and obligations can help you know what’s important. From there, you can decide what order to do things in, and what you can leave until a later date. Knowing your priorities will go a long way in helping you decide how to spend your time.
2. Go to bed on time: Your body needs a full night’s sleep to be able to function well. When you’re working hard at school, it’s crucial to give your body the rest it needs. Go to bed on time and wake up early: it’s the best way to get work done and stay on track. Save the all-nighters and late night T.V. for summer vacation.
3. Work hard, play hard: Spend time concentrating on your work; turn off the internet, put your phone on silent, and focus. Give yourself regular breaks by spending time relaxing, exercising or hanging out with loved ones. This can help you recharge your batteries. A few solid hours of work followed by fun can be much more effective than wasting a day pretending to study and actually watching Youtube videos.
4. Ask for help: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether you need an Algebra tutor, a ride to school or a listening ear, it’s okay. Times of high stress are not meant to be handled alone; your family, friends and teachers are likely to be happy to support you if you ask!
5. Keep it in perspective: While grades are important, you are not defined by the marks you achieve. It’s important to do your best, but your future happiness is not contingent on the mark you receive on your European history project. Do your best and know that you are loved and valuable no matter how you do in school.
As you try these tricks, remember that learning to manage your time well is a life-long process.
Allow yourself room to make mistakes and remember, summer is just around the corner!