Go, Fight, Study!
The school year is coming to a close, and that means only one thing is standing between you and summer break: finals. Being an athlete and a student can be a tough balancing act, but with discipline, dedication, and the desire to achieve your goals, you can set yourself up for success from the sidelines to the classroom.
Make a little time to study every day (or at least a couple times a week). Studying is not the same as completing homework. Homework refers to a specific, immediate assignment to be completed at home while studying refers to a long-term strategy that helps you gain a solid understanding of a topic. Consistent studying will help you complete assignments faster while being better prepared for tests without having to have a stressful, last-minute cram session!
Minimize possible distractions. While it may be necessary to study with a friend or in a small group, make sure you remember to stay on track, stay focused and get the work done. Turn off your phone, the television, and any other likely distraction until you have competed all assignments and have finished studying.
Stay committed. Don't allow a busy schedule or a difficult project to bog you down and cause you to postpone the work at hand. Instead, reach out to a teacher, a mentor, a friend, or a parent to help you when you feel overwhelmed. Sometimes just talking about the task or topic can be inspiring!
Stay organized. If you are constantly looking for something that is misplaced or stressing about something you think you've forgotten, you need to organize! Being organized is being in control. Keep assignments, football/basketball games, and other responsibilities scheduled in an organizer or on your cell phone’s calendar. Including personal events and plans, as well, will help you manage your time along with your materials.
Go to class and pay attention. While you must meet attendance standards to be on the cheer squad at your school, physically attending class doesn't mean your mind is focused and ready to soak up new knowledge. Make it a point to focus on the information being taught, and you will be amazed at how much your brain can absorb and recall when it’s time to complete a homework assignment or take a test.
Don't wait until the last minute. Know when your projects are due and tackle them immediately; this will ensure less stress when it comes to deadlines. Spend a little time every day working towards completion and you'll find that you can get a lot done without the anxiety that procrastination brings.
Choose brain food. Instead of resorting to sugar and caffeine, pick healthy snacks that will fuel your energy and brainpower while keeping you from being hungry and distracted.
Stick to a consistent sleep routine. Sleep is your body’s way of rejuvenating itself. Try to avoid “all-nighters”. Instead, invest in good sleep habits; it will make a world of difference.
Everyone studies, develops, and learns differently. Pay attention to what works best for you, and expand on those tactics. Remember to work smarter, not harder!