High school, especially during your senior year, can be frustrating. This is the time of your life that you’re preparing yourself for college and the real world. So how do you manage your time doing all of your current activities without being overly stressed?
- Sort your life as a teenager. Are friends important to be around at this time? Do you find yourself on the internet a lot? Are you someone who goes to the library to study in a quiet environment? Are your parents around to assist you or prefer to ask for teachers’ help?
- Prioritize your weekly schedule as a student. Any educational/academic studies must come first, then extra curriculum activities, and then social life. Friends will want to hang out with you on the weekends, but they will understand if you explain to them that you need to study or catch up on college-related work.
- List the exact due dates for events, projects, essays, and other homework. This will greatly help you to alert you when things need to be done by. Next, sort extra curriculum activities. Any activity dealing with scholarships should be placed before the Elective or After School ones. Then, input non-educational events, such as babysitting, miscellaneous jobs, etc. Finally, treat yourself for a night out with friends.
- Set a time limit on how long you study for each class. Don’t go overboard on one subject and forget that you have several others to catch up on before going to bed. Also, don’t rush through studying; take your time and concentrate. You may want to set an alarm clock at a certain hour, so when it rings, go to another subject, and reset the alarm.
- Get at least 6-8 hours of sleep. If you have more or less sleep than you should have, you may start lacking in your coursework and become lazy because of the urge or want to sleep.
- Try to take showers before going to school. You’ll be more refreshed, alert, and relaxed as you start the day. Night showers are sometimes “missed” if you have your face covered in books and realize that it’s time to go to sleep. This is also a start of procrastination.
- Go over your scholarship essays and college applications with your parents. It’s always a positive action to get parents involved in students’ lives by sharing opinions about futures and careers. If this is not possible, share it with a school counselor. Not only that they will give their opinions, but they have the ability to search what college classes or majors is within your preferred goal.
- Think of how non-educational activities are affecting your schedule. If you are babysitting, compromise with the mother on set days and times that goes around your academic life. If you cannot commit to your studies because of football practice, then you must take action. When something gets in the way, you need to drop it, even if it’s temporarily.
- Don’t stress! In high school, stress can be a big factor when faced with a variety of things that they need to take care of, but don’t know how to complete everything at once.
- Make the best out of your high school years. When graduation comes, the excitement will be more greater because the hard work and commitment has paid off.