Time Management


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IT NEVER STOPS. When surveyed, teachers said that they give out three and a half hours of homework per day. With sports and extracurriculars taking up a significant portion of the student’s time, it can be hard to balance a healthy life. “Students in high-achieving communities who spend too much time on homework experience more stress, physical health problems, a lack of balance in their lives, and alienation from society,” says Healthline’s article “Is Too Much Homework Bad for Kids’ Health?”

   Every once and a while you get the perfect storm of homework. Three sheets of math, pages 237 to 245 in history, and a project for biology, all due on the same morning. 

   While there has been help like the Synnovation lab or Aves Bell, that feeling of stress and anxiety seems to always creep up on us. 

   Luckily, people have found ways to combat these problems. In fact, many of those people go to our school: teachers.

   “One of the most helpful time management things to do that has helped me is to start with the most pressing and often times more difficult tasks first so you can get it out of the way and move on with more confidence and ease.

   “Ultimately you’re less stressed moving on and the thing that’s been keeping you down is now off your chest,” says Ms. Sofia Feist English teacher.

   Keeping cool is vital when facing stressful situations, or else pressure and unwanted anxiety may arise. By getting over the most difficult work first, it leaves you feeling self-assured and composed.

   “A common thing to do in college is to get all of your studying done three days before a test instead of spending five hours furiously trying to memorize every little detail.

   “This gives you the option to study at your own pace and doesn’t take up as much time,” said physical ed teacher Mr. Ed Clark.

   Asking teachers are not the only sources of help; there are many helpful samples of advice online. For instance, listing assignments down before following through with them eliminates any feeling of uncertainty within the mind and avoids anything being forgotten in a mad rush to complete everything.

    You can try improving your study time by inviting a few friends over to help. This avoids procrastination or getting tangled up in personal thoughts. Plus it can make the topics more interesting and fun.

   A good way to get more done is by finding a time in the day when your productivity and focus are at an all-time high. This may be right after you get home or before you go to bed. More work can be done and at a faster speed. 

   It makes the most out of the little time that you may have at hand.