TreNesha is a 16-year old from Goodyear, AZ. She enjoys golfing, writing and watching live plays.
The end of the year is always a bit of a nerve-wracking time for the teens in high school. They don’t call it “May Madness” for nothing. It’s the time of the year where you suddenly have to recall everything you learned over the year. All of your finals and end of the year projects are due and you are freaking out! In order to help you survive the end of the semester, here are a couple of tips:
Check in with your teachers. About a month or two before the school year ends check in with your teachers and see where you stand grade-wise. This gives you the time to get grades up if they aren’t where you want them to be. It also saves you from any surprises when you open up the end of the year report card.
Keep a calendar. This is a simple task that will save you a lot of trouble. Keeping track of all the events and due dates will save you a lot of stress in the long run. In my personal opinion it’s better to track the dates in your cell phone’s personal calendar. You’re more likely to look at the dates on a digital calendar than on a non-digital one.
Ask for a little help. One thing we should never be afraid of as teenagers is to ask for help. If there is something you still don’t understand with your classes ask your teachers for some extra-tutoring. And if they don’t have the time, try one of your friends or even one of your parents. Someone is willing to help you.
Set aside some study time. Make sure that you study for at least thirty minutes a day. If possible, make sure to study around the same time of the day. Research shows that routine helps memory. Doing this will be ten times more helpful than cramming twenty minutes before. And remember there are lots of different ways to study. You can study alone or you can study with friends. You can study in your house or you can study outside. Find what’s best for you.
Last but not least, relax. Over- stressing is never a good thing. It can affect your mind and your body. Stressing out can cause various aches and pains, depression and sleep disturbances. If you feel like you’re over-stressing about anything, you might want to take a break from everything. Take some time to do something not school-related like hanging out with friends, watching a movie or reading a book. Remember if you’re doing the best that you can it’ll always show up on your grade.
May Madness is a time that can leave you tearing out your hair in frustration. Following these tips might make things a little less stressful. And when all the madness is over give yourself a little treat, possibly an end of the year party. You deserve it.