Posted By Meredith Crawford
By Meredith Crawford
Between attending school, bulking up your resume with extracurricular activities, rounding yourself out with sports or a musical instrument, maintaining your friendships, and maybe even earning a little money at a part-time job, it can seem like there’s just not enough time in the day to get everything done—and to do it well.
What’s a 21st-century student to do?
With so many competing demands, it can be difficult to find balance. But it’s not impossible. Here are some tips from two of TutaPoint’s experienced tutors.
- If possible, “do your homework every day before going to activities and jobs,” says Andrea Kelley, speaking as both a tutor and the mom of a busy teen.
- “Plan ahead and use ‘off’ hours [study halls, lunch] during school, when you know you have a busy evening coming up,” to finish things ahead of time. adds Kelley.
- Get a planner or notebook (or use your smartphone) and write down assignments and due dates as they’re given in class, Kelley advises.
- This may sound counter-intuitive, but tutor Christopher Gunlock swears by taking a short break to decompress from school-related activities, relax, and recharge. Just be sure to set a limit, like 30 minutes.
- Finally, plan ahead! Gunlock advises that you “break projects and assignments into smaller chunks and set goals to complete different phases at different times.”