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Athletics & Academics: How To Succeed In Both

School is back in session which means that student-athletes will have to juggle classes, practices and other obligations all season long.

Before the school year begins, here are 5 tips you should follow to stay on top of your academic and athletic life.

Block out your time

The easiest way to get through your hectic life as a student-athlete is to block out your time.

Use the calendar in your phone to schedule out your classes, practices, games, and other obligations.

By having a physical reminder of your available time throughout the week, you will be able to map out when you can complete assignments, meet with teachers to answer questions, or just give yourself a break.

Plus, the reminders will keep you on time for each obligation (being late is never good).

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Stumped on a assignment? Use the available time in your schedule to meet up with your teacher to ask questions and understand the material.

Can’t meet with your teacher during study hall? Teachers are typically available before and after school if you can’t meet with them during actual school hours.

Utilize their office answers and seek the help you need to maintain your grades. They want to see you succeed in the classroom so don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

Organization 

Organization is key if you want to succeed academically and athletically.

One way to stay on top of your assignments is to organize them by their due date and by level of difficulty. Try to knock out the assignments with a quick deadline or ones with easy material first, because you’ll get through them faster and won’t stress if you forget about them.

Try to answer as many questions as you can for the difficult assignments. The questions you skip over will be the ones that you save and go over with your teacher during study hall or before the school day begins.

Grades come first

At the end of the day you are a student-athlete which means that your grades come before your sport. This means that you should spend as much time in the classroom as you do practicing for the big game.

Don’t forget that your grades hold a bigger deciding factor of whether or not you are on the roster, not just your performance.

Don’t procrastinate

Let’s be honest, everyone has procrastinated once or twice on their assignments. However, as a student-athlete there is no time to waste when it comes to your school work.

From sun up to sunset, your either practicing, in class, or competing at away games. This means that the free time that you want to spend hanging with friends or just relaxing by yourself will be dedicated to homework.

By knocking the assignments out early on you’ll avoid the massive pile of work and low grades that comes when you say “I’ll start on it later”.

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