How to Manage Junior Year

High school students always hear adults and upperclassmen say, “junior year is a tough year,” or “junior year is going to be the worst year of your life.” That does not have to be true. Yes, juniors are kept busy by schoolwork, extracurricular activities, filling out resumes, thinking about college, and learning to drive but it’s not as bad as it seems. If you are devoted, focused, and hardworking, junior year will fly by. As a rising senior, here are my suggestions on how to manage stress during your junior year.

One: Keep track of time.

Instead of studying math for three hours straight and becoming bored, switch the subject. I suggest putting a timer on one-hour intervals. When it rings, switch the subject, even if your math homework isn’t done. Go back to it later. Proper time management will give you the ability to study and do homework for many subjects in one night. This may be unnecessary to some, but I find that this plan can really work.

Two: Don’t procrastinate.

Certain assignments take a lot of time, including multiple revisions that occur during the research and planning stages. That is perfectly fine; you are not wasting time by doing the best job you can on an assignment. The more time you spend, the more in depth your knowledge is and the better your project will be. So, don’t be afraid to spend days doing one project. It will be worth it in the end!

Three: Understand your subjects and figure out the best way to study.

For example, when studying for tests like math, I  personally find it most helpful to do review problems. For history or biology, it may be easier to read and quiz yourself on the textbook or other notes taken in class before the exam. The most important tip is to figure out which study method is best for yourself.

Four: Do something that is not academic:

go outside, take a walk, go swimming, watch a movie, listen to some music, or sleep. Sleep is especially important for recharging after a long day of school and work.

My final piece of advice is to always remember to bring a positive attitude to any difficulties you might face — it will make your problems much less stressful.

Good luck rising juniors!

Author:  Annie Wang


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