By Allison Miller
With Spring Break kicking off for Prescott schools in the next week, the school year is officially beginning to reach its end. Whether you are a senior looking forward to (or dreading) college or a freshman who is just happy to have survived your first year of high school, it is easy to lose sight of the things that have helped you get through the rest of the year. As we begin to count down the days until summer, we tend to forget some of our helpful study habits or planning for homework. If we do not pay attention to these vital things, the end of school will seem like a looming deadline to pass classes and turn in work rather than a relief from work for two months. So what can we do to make sure we keep our heads up and finish off the school year strong?
- Take note of your homework daily. If you plan out your schedule for doing homework as you receive it throughout the day, you will have a better idea of how much time you need to spend doing school work once you get home. Whether you choose to keep a planner or simply write down your assignments on your hand, this will help you to keep track of what needs to be done when and can help you make sure that you do not fall behind in your classwork.
- Stay away from putting off bigger projects. While it seems as though semester projects are so far away, if you continue to put them off they will creep up on you until you have no time to finish them with your best work. Doing only a little bit of work a night on something so big can make the project manageable and less time-consuming. Since semester projects tend to make an extremely large portion of one’s grade, it is essential that one can follow through with his or her assignment and put his or her best work out there.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to study for finals. Taking time to learn and understand the things that were unclear in a subject in the past is something that cannot be put off until the last moment. Trying to cram for all of one’s tests at once is something that will never end up as well as if one begins to study early on. Doing so will also reduce the amount of stress that one will be under in the days leading up to those tests.
- Make sure to take care of your own mental health. While it is important to make sure all of one’s classwork and projects are taken care of, if one does not keep his or her stress level down, it can cause him or her to shut down entirely and not make any progress at all. Sometimes realizing what needs to take priority is an extremely important thing to do. Understanding that you simply cannot get everything done sometimes is a fact of life that everyone needs to learn at some point, and taking the time to prioritize the most important things nearing the end of the year will help one lessen his or her stress to stay in a healthy frame of mind.