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Only 24 hours in the day - High School Student stress tips.

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Well, as a student, things are really beginning to take a toll. Right now, high-schooler's everywhere are preparing for the ever-looming AP tests and for end-of-course exams. I have a few tips on how to manage it all, but first let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am a sophomore in high school (yes...I'm young)... and am in all honors' classes except one (Spanish). As a sophomore in my particular program, there are two main AP classes that you can take - AP Computer Science and AP Physics B. Well, I took Comp. Sci. as a freshman and this year am scrambling for...AP World History (just got clearance to take it). Yes, I actually enjoy the stuff. I will have had less than a 5 weeks of study when the test arrives.

But, what is the point of all this? Well, as a student myself, I know what it's like. There's just not enough time in the day to do all the required work and have recreation! I am on the bad end of this and slack on everything (still manage to barely slide by with an A), however I am giving every student out there a warning about being a slacker. IT'S BAD! Right now, I have 4 math assignments, 120 pages of history, and 40 pages of English. Now, I will most likely be ok, but I will be stressed out.

Stress is the key point in this article. It is easy to be overwhelmed in school. And it's perfectly normal. However, enough can take you truly out of commission. My advice to you guys is to set up a time-slot based schedule. Right when you get home, take a short nap, eat something, watch a little TV, DIC,... however, an hour later, force yourself to completely focus on schoolwork for 1 1/2-2 hours, after which, you should set down what you are doing and take a breather for 15 or so minutes. Using this strategy to complete most homework has proven to be VERY handy and helps to manage stress.

Sitting in a familiar place away from forms of distraction and noise will always help. I also strongly believe in eating/drinking whilst studying as it keeps calories going to the brain. Also, make sure you are comfortable - you ARE going to be there awhile. Lastly, make priorities on which assignments MUST be done vs. which ones can be worked on over the course of a few days. Do what must be done first, then work on a little of the long-term thing. This leaves you time in the evening to do whatever you want to do.

Oh. And as a final note, SLEEP. As a super-mega-crazy-programming nerd and a loyal helper on DIC, I know sleep is hard to do. And I'll be honest, 5-6 hours is typical for me. However, as a highschooler, you SHOULD get 8-10 for prime performance. Try to do this (I know the pain), but if you cannot, then make sure to take a nap as soon as you get home, even if only for 15-20 minutes. (Just don't...oversleep...). Remember, especially at this time of year, time and sleep are the two things we most lack, so as a result, make sure you account for both carefully.

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28 April 2010 - 08:55 PM
Naps are the most helpful for me. This year one of the classes I wanted got cancelled over the summer so I ended up with am hour to "study". Sometimes I do actually study, but most of the time it's head down and hope the bell wakes me up.


29 April 2010 - 09:48 PM
I can definitely relate to not enough time in a day. I have my AP Chem class final tomorrow and on top of that I had to work 5 hours after school each day for the past couple days. There is just not enough time to work, study, and sleep all in one day so I picked two. Work and study.

Stress, however is not the problem for me unlike others. I can handle anything thrown at me, the only consequence is not enough sleep.


01 June 2010 - 01:17 AM
Sleep is definitely great, i always enjoy when i finally go to bed, i am similar to you. When i should be sleeping i am trolling Dic often finding myself in rather pointless situations of reading threads that already have answers supplied - i don't know why i do it; i just do.

I find it hard to manage work, rest, play and more-work and often find that the sleep aspect falls behind. The end result being a few days of absolute rest and time, direction and motivation lost. It then takes a few more days to get back into gear. The hardest thing also as a student is the cost of supporting yourself, studying and passing well and also having time for friends, i know mine are neglected and i am finding myself turning into even more of a computer-nerd to.

Dic is one of the only outlets i get during the working week as by the time i have finished all the tasks i have thrusted upon me its late, i am tired and there is nothing else i can do except venture into the internet :(


01 June 2010 - 03:18 PM
Personally what I've found the most use is to just stay at school as long as possible. I come an hour early and leave an hour late. It's not the most fun place to be, but I get a lot more done than I do at home.


18 July 2010 - 02:28 AM
Sleep is something I lack, getting around 4-5 hours average, as I am quite fond of waiting til midnight to start my school assignments :)

Senoir year in 3 weeks, hope I manage a bit better!
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