Updated: Dec 15, 2020
Column: Tipful Tuesday
Imagine this. It’s Tuesday night and you still haven’t finished your project. At this point, you’re stressing out because you don’t know if you’ll be able to get it done in time so you rush and try to finish as fast as you can, in hopes that you can turn it in on time. Only, you don’t.
The assignment was late and, get this, your teacher doesn’t accept late work, so now you have a zero for the assignment in the grade book and your grade has gone down. You think “Oh, it’s just one zero how bad could my grade possibly be?” You check your grade and now you went from, let’s say, a B to an F?! Now you’re stressing out wondering how you’re going to get your grade up by the end of the semester.
Let’s face it, we’ve all been there, and we all need to work on our time management skills. Although school is starting to become grueling, we still have work to do, so try to keep your head (and your grades) up. If you wait until the last minute to do your assignments, you’ve already set yourself up for possible failure. Try starting your assignments ahead of time so you won’t be so stressed out the day it’s due. You could even give yourself breaks in between doing your assignments so that you won’t get tired of doing the work.
Let’s say you’ve been working on an assignment for 45 minutes, take a 5-10 minute break to get a drink of water, or even just walk around your house. Anything to get you away from looking at a screen. You could also set time increments for how long you do an assignment for a certain subject and then move on to another subject after that time is up. For example, if you have assignments in math, English, and science, work on homework for each subject for an hour, take a break after each hour, and call it a day once you’re done.
Try to come up with a schedule so you won’t be so stressed out about school each week. You don’t have to stick to the schedule every day, but it would be best if you did.
Right now time management is key, so even if my tips don’t work for you, make sure this tip sticks in your head. MANAGE YOUR TIME. No matter what way you do it, just get better at managing your time and don’t procrastinate. I know procrastination gets the best of us all the time, but you have to break the cycle. I know you can do it!