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First Quarter Reboot?

Irwin D. Croc, Mascot and Celine Cambara

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Dear Irwin:

It’s almost the end of first quarter, teachers are assigning more and more work and I am starting to feel overwhelmed. What can I do to recover?

Signed, Too-Soon-to-Stress

 

Dear Too-Soon-to-Stress,

Refreshed, relaxed, reorganized- those are three important words to having a successful school year. I interviewed several students, including freshman Karla Ubeda and juniors Katherin Suarez and Alexandra Bello, and all agreed that staying focused is increasingly difficult, especially with cellphones so readily available. Katherin added that it is difficult “to keep track of all assignments that are due and completing them on time,” while Alexandra remarked that it is difficult for her to stay refreshed and reorganized throughout the school year. Luckily for them and many other students, I also gathered some useful tips to facilitate the process.

  1. Improve your time management: It is common to see students procrastinating and leaving assignments until the last minute. It is important to break this habit and plan accordingly by using an agenda or reminders on a cellphone to make sure to have enough time to finish work and study. Agendas are for sale at the main office for $10 and support our school.
  2. Avoid distractions: It is important to find the best environment for studying. Although that best environment might differ for each person, some of the most popular places are libraries, coffee shops, and parks. Another great way to avoid distractions is to follow in Karla’s footsteps and leave one’s phone in another room while doing work and studying.
  3. Make time to study: Studies show that exercising is an effective way to focus and to feel recharged. The exercise improves overall fitness levels, but it also helps the body release stress and increases concentration and effectiveness.
  4. Organization is key: Make sure to have all books and assignments organized to avoid wasting time in finding misplaced items. Also, keep track of due dates in one centralized place to avoid losing points for turning things in late.

With these changes, and the support of friends, you can REBOOT your year just in time!

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