Ways to Manage End of Year Stress

(Without a time machine!)

Zaria Swain, Editor in Chief

As the school year is coming to a close; most of us tend to slack off by missing assignments or turning them in late. I’m sure we all know the feeling of just wanting to get the year over and done with. Although teachers and other school staff try to motivate us to finish out the year strongly, we often don’t have to motivation within ourselves to push as hard as we may have at the start of the year.

Here are some ways to keep a steady pace throughout the year and help make the end of the year stresses less of a burden. The first thing that is probably the most important is to stay positive. This means that instead of switching gears from your normal “go-getter” attitude at the beginning of the year, try to keep that attitude throughout the whole year. Also motivate yourself by keeping in mind that this is the last stretch and if your grades stay high it will only help you later on.

The second thing is to balance your time. Yes, it is the end of the year and as the weather starts to get better we tend to forget about our educational priorities and focus more on the social aspects of school. You can balance your time by making a timeline for yourself (if you get a certain amount of work, done then after you can spend some time with friends).

The third suggestion is to keep track of grades. You should check your grades as often as possible to ensure that you are on track and on top of all assigned work.  This can be extra important in a short (not full ten weeks) quarter. Keeping normal communication with your teachers is key here too, to make sure you don’t miss things like due dates or extra credit opportunities. Another good tip is to make a to-do list. This can help you organize your thoughts and let you know when things are completed.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to take breaks. This gives your brain and body time to recharge and prepare itself for the next task. Trying to cram everything in all at once will just cause stress and in most cases the work you produce will not be your best.

Try to remember to stay on top of things at the end of the year. Don’t fall short cause you may end up regretting it–if you are a Senior, you don’t want to mess up Graduation now, and if you aren’t a senior, you don’t want to end up on the Ineligible list in the fall.