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After a day of hard work, friend drama, work and extra-curriculars, all I really want to do is lounge on the couch, watching Food Network until bedtime. This practice is exactly what made me stressed in the past – knowing I need to do work, but not having the energy to do it. Deciding not to do any study, even just one day out of the week, led to me being too stressed to work the next day, and the next – eventually it snowballed until I panicked and worked myself way too hard, just to get things done.
Doing some quick revision of the work you’ve covered every day or week means that the workload stays steady, instead of piling up and becoming insurmountable. Strike while the iron is hot, and save yourself from your own bad habits. You might also want to consider writing study notes early – compiling a stash of them from the beginning of term, maybe, or a month out from the exam – that way, when you need to get down and study, your notes are ready and waiting, and contain relevant information from when you were studying the topic.
School can be a great way to relax with friends, learn and have fun. For an anxious student, it can also be an incredible source of frustration, anxiety and stress. The most crucial thing to ensuring a good year is to find what works for you – what time of day you best study, how you can relax at the end of the day, what bad habits you need to sort out. Good grades and hard work a great – but all work and no play can mean serious issues for your mental health.
Have a great school year, guys.