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Finding time to study can be difficult in between extracurricular activities

Finding time to study can be difficult in between extracurricular activities

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Finding time to study can be difficult in between extracurricular activities

LeopardLife Ally Harris and Bethany McTee, Staff Writers

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Some students say a lack of balance or losing focus between too many activities can impact their grades. However, while some have tough times each academic year, others use strategies to keep themselves focused.

“Students can better prepare for tests by studying for five to 10 minutes each night about a week before an exam, instead of cramming for hours the night before,” Stone said. “Another great tip is for students to attend tutorials either the day before the test or the morning of the test. Most teachers offer tutorial sessions to help students prepare for tests. What better person to help you study for the test, than the person who created it.”

With summer on the horizon, some students could be off task while in class or at home doing work. Some recommend ways to keep the present in mind.

“You can find out when your test is and what tools your teacher has given you in advance, so you can use those to study,” seventh-grader, Heidi Porter, said.

Although there are many different ways to organize, there are still times when students struggle because of outside activities, but Willow Springs A-Le counselor, Kathy Stone, believes there are ways to keep things in check.

“Most students have different points each school year in which they struggle to maintain the energy needed to complete assignments and study for tests. This lack of energy could be due to athletics, outside commitments, or even the excitement of an upcoming school break,” Stone said.

There are ways to support students before retesting. Before retesting, students are required to come in for extra help from a teacher or get help on the topic before taking the test. Students and teachers say there are ways to make this work.

The key is to study a little each night. If you know you have a game on Thursday night, plan on not being able to study that night. To make up for it, spend a few extra minutes the other nights of the week to make up for not being able to study on Thursday. Also, utilize your time at school. The CAT is open every morning at 8 a.m. If the bus drops you off at 8:20, come to the CAT to study or work on assignments instead of going to the cafeteria and talking to friends. Also, be an active learner in class by participating, asking questions, and thinking about what you are learning,” CAT teacher, Kathy Hale, said.

Students give their input on time management.

“They could set reminders on their calendars and take good notes and study over them,” eighth-grader, Ayden Porter, said.

Others say they found what works for them also works for others.

“I prepare by studying the material that the test goes over. I think students could better prepare by going in for tutoring if you don’t understand the material,” eighth-grader, Jack Arnold, said.

 

 

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