With the school year starting up again, it can be difficult to get back on track and maintain the many responsibilities that you have. Here are 7 tips that can help you in keeping up with everything on your plate:
Complete What’s Due First - When it comes to school, some teachers tend to overload students with homework so it’s important to keep track of what is due immediately the next day. By completing what needs to be turned in by the next day, you can allow yourself to move onto working on larger projects and studying for tests and quizzes. Make sure to make a note of what is due first and how much time you need to set aside for that specific assignment.
Spend at Least 15-20 Minutes Each Day Reviewing - Cramming for a test the night before is not the most reliable option, as tempting as it may be when you have so many other things to do. However, by reviewing the content every day leading up to the assessment makes it easier to determine what you need to focus on closer to the test date and you also familiarize yourself with the content as you are learning so the content stays fresh in your memory.
Set Reminders - It’s crucial to keep track of when things are due, so keeping an agenda or setting reminders on your phone is a great way to remember when to complete your assignments. By doing this, you can ensure that you are aware of the due date and when it is approaching and can turn in your work on time. Late work is never a nice touch to your grade. Setting reminders on your phone for prayers is also something you can do as doing homework, attending club meetings, and going to work can be time-consuming and you can easily forget to keep up with your prayers.
Take on What You Can Handle - While extracurriculars do look good on college applications, taking on more clubs than you can handle can be detrimental to your health as well as your grades. Joining multiple clubs that require a lot of service work may not be the best choice, so limiting it to a small number is your best shot at maintaining both your grades and your health while also being involved with your school and community.
Many students work after school and on the weekends, and while there is nothing wrong with making a little pocket money, working on days when you could be studying won’t do wonders for your grades. Don’t be afraid to ask for fewer hours if it means you’ll be able to get your homework done on time.
Commit to A Schedule - Starting out doing any of these tips is not the hard part - committing to a schedule and making sure you follow it is the hard part. While it may be difficult at first to stick to a schedule of studying every day, and doing your homework in the time when you could be taking on an extra shift, do your best to maintain the schedule for a few weeks at the minimum and see how the results affect your grades as well as your mental health.
Get Enough Rest - Lastly, don’t forget to get enough rest and time for you to breathe. School, work, and clubs can be stressful and extremely tiring at times but staying up all night studying for your midterms or only running on caffeine for breakfast will cause harm to your body. Setting a time for you to be in bed in order to get at least 8-9 hours of sleep can be difficult, but the effort goes a long way. Sleeping just a couple extra hours a night can make a huge difference to your energy and productivity levels the next day.