High school students around the world struggle to balance their busy schedules. Westminster students are no different. Between the rigorous classes, nine clubs, seven sports teams, and various artistic programs, our lives are hectic. At times it may seem impossible to balance schoolwork and extracurricular activities. However, with time management skills, it is possible to not only survive, but to thrive. Over the years, many teachers and professionals have offered their advice, and many of their tips have helped considerably.
First, plan your week. Seventh graders are given a planner, which they are required to use daily. The intent behind this is to teach students to keep track of their assignments and complete them on time from the beginning of Upper School. However, many students soon give up this habit. While it is possible to do well in school without a planner, carefully deciding when you will be able to finish an assignment is vital to your success, and using a planner is a great way to accomplish this.
Second, maximize time. While some projects and assignments will take much more time than others, it is easy to spend more time than necessary on homework. This can be caused by getting distracted while you work, disorganization, or other factors. Determine what tends to distract you and do your best to avoid this while you work. For example, I am easily distracted by other people. If I text or talk while I am doing homework, I will take twice as long to finish.
There are many other tips for managing time, but I believe that these two are some of the most important. Following these tips will not necessarily guarantee your success in school, but they can reduce your stress, improve your grades, and give the time to do the things you really enjoy.