I Am Struggling to Study: Should You Study or Party This Exam Season?

Summer is already giving December vibes. We all wish we can call it a year and close our books for good, but there are still many things we need to accomplish so we can finish this year strong. With exam season upon us, it’s important to sacrifice the time spent on groove and friends and focus on passing that grade. I know it sounds difficult but its possible. Here’s how.

Balancing school and life

Balancing school and personal life doesn’t always come easy for everyone. But think about it like this, exams are only a month or a few weeks. There will be plenty of time to celebrate with friends, from pens down up to New Year.

It may feel very hard because there is event after event this summer, but it’s always been like that every year, so learning to discipline yourself around December vibes is critical. Remember that groove will always be there, but you only get one chance a year to pass a grade, and this is your time to shine.

Balancing school and life can be achieved by planning out how much time you will need for your schoolwork and how much time you need to spend doing activities with friends or house chores.

Creating a timetable

A well-constructed timetable can give you a rhythm and routine, it allows you to organize and manage your time accordingly. Having a plan is very important as it helps you maximize and prioritize on the things that are of urgency or importance. This can be done by planning your week or day, for example a normal day would look like similar to this; wake up at 6am, get to school by 07:30am, attending all your classes, chilling with your friends during breaks and after school you concentrate on house shores and homework. Then around 19:00 you start studying until 21:00, and then go to sleep.  So, with each hour of your day, you plan it accordingly and intentionally.

Staying disciplined around this time can help you stay on top of your game. It also helps you manage your work in a planned manner, so you can be well prepared and feel less anxious for the exams.

It’s not easy to draw up new boundaries, especially when you are not used to it. However, remember that we all need to learn to sacrifice our time to achieve our goals.

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