Dealing With High School Homework Overload Effectively
High school is a whole new game. More classes, more teachers, more students, and more ways to spend what little spare time you have. Don’t forget more homework. High school is about preparing you for college or the workforce and having a lot of out of school work is one of the tactics used by teachers to get you ready. While avoiding all homework stress in high school is not realistic, there are effective ways you can cope with an overload.
Know Your Enemy
No, high school homework isn’t actually your enemy, but the concept is valuable. Make sure you understand right from the start that school assignments will now require more of your time than it has in prior grades. All those extracurricular activities sound like fun, but they take time. Having a job and earning your own money might also seem awesome, but these things all eat into homework time. Keep the following in mind before the schoolwork starts pouring in, and you will be able to reduce your stress when you have all seven subjects due the next day:
- Extracurriculars are a vital part of the high school experience but don’t overdo it.
- Having your own spending money seems like fun but working too many hours won’t help your G.P.A.
- Sometimes, you just have to say no to a fun night out with friends in order to keep your homework and stress levels in check.
Attack Stress with a Plan
One of the most important ways to deal with stress over homework overload is to learn to use your time well and have a plan.
- Take advantage of study halls and free periods. Thirty or forty minutes might not seem like much, but you can knock out quite a bit of work in that time.
- Beware of the time suck - Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can rob you of fifteen minutes before you even know what happened.
- Plan out large projects or papers. Break those big projects down into smaller steps and set yourself deadlines for completing them. That big paper seems a lot harder when written in one night than when spread out over a week’s worth of evenings.
Keep Some Perspective
Don’t let every single assignment send you into an anxiety attack. Teachers typically publish the syllabus with due dates early in a class. Understand what assignments affect your grade the most and be ready to nail those weighted tasks.
Finally, remember you can’t perform at your best without eating good food, getting enough sleep and keeping your body fit with exercise. Being healthy helps you deal with stress better, and dealing with stress effectively keeps you healthy.
Now that you have this information, you should be able to deal with your high school workload overload quite effectively - just stick to the plan!