Firstly, hi. I apologise, sincerely. I have not been blogging for an entire month; I've had exam planning and a busy term during high school senior year makes it so difficult to have time for blogging: I barely have time to eat most days. I've also been applying to universities around the country and writing National Benchmarking Tests as well as taking driving lessons and extra maths almost every afternoon AND have been trying to keep on top of my work shifts. But that's exactly why I'm writing this post. Because although I'm stressed and I only have 30 days left of classroom time in highschool left in my life I am coping. I have worked out a system to help me through this year and hopefully it works for you, too:
Don't volunteer to do any non-compulsory activities or extra work
Seriously, signing up for school extra curriculars to 'make the most of your senior year' doesn't make any sense. If you're signing up for more school run charity and volunteer organizations to brighten up your resumé, it's too late now. Colleges will look at your track record, and see that you only started to put effort in in the last semester of school to get into your course. If it's group work, do your part but don't do more. Signing up do do loads of extra work you'll have piles more stress and due dates and you'll probably procrastinate until the night before when you realise you have 3 projects, a test and an essay due the next day.If someone offers to tackle the bigger part of a project or assignment, jump at the oppertunity*; both people are happy and it's less work for you.
*I'm not saying you should free load, just don't add additional stress!!!
Take voice notes of important lectures
We all know the feeling: you've just taken out your notepad and you're frantically trying to scatch down info from a slideshow that will not be uploaded on the school network while the teacher in front flips through the powerpoint at the speed of light, causing you to end up having learnt nothing. I like to take voice notes and sit at the front of the class, so the sound reaches the mic. This way I can replay the recording on my phone and take down notes later while still focusing in class. You can also take photos of the slideshow, just make sure to be sneaky as some teachers find this annoying. It helps when you can refer back to something in class that isn't written in your textbooks.
Plan your bunking days
Ok, so we have all bunked school at least once, if you say you havnt you are lying. I don't do it often, but when I do take days off I do it smartly. I know when I'm about to burn out, so I usually look at my calender towards the end of a term when I know the teachers finish with the syllabus, especially around an exam term. The teachers usually put on movies or revise work in class, but because I consistently revise work at home through out the term, the revision class time has no value to me as I've already covered the topic by that point. I will often take a couple of days off during this time to finish anything overdue or work that's due soon or I study for the upcoming exams. It gives me a few days to sleep in and also to rid myself of stress that I build up due to deadlines approaching. This way I am productive in a relaxed environment.
Exercise at least 3 times a week and eat healthy food. Seriously, stop with the take-out and sugar filled foods. Take your sweater with everywhere in case it gets cold and get enough sleep. I can't stress this enough. You have no time to be sick during senior year - miss a couple of days of class and you find yourself catching up tests and missed work for weeks. Set yourself a realistic curfew and don't go out every single weekend. You will thank me for his later. If you do end up getting sick, take the few days of bed rest as an opportunity to catch up on work and read setwork books, don't just lie in bed watching buzzfeed videos all day long...
Stay away from drama
Friend drama and gossip is honestly the last thing you need in senior year. Stressing about something you heard through the grapevine is unessecary and 'he said she said' always ends up with someone in tears. You need to focus on your academics and plan what you want to do after school. Rather remove yourself from friends who you know mean trouble, and don't stress about other people's opinions, being a crowd pleaser is so not important, especially since you'll only be spending a couple more months with your peers, after which you'll never see anyone unimportant again.
If you're on Tumblr, follow studyblr accounts
Studyblr is a community on Tumblr that not many people know about. It's a hashtag and inside you'll find beuatiful study notes and inspiration to get yourself motivated and I actually enjoy studying now that I've found out about this. There are also blog posts about study tips and if you are a stationary addict, like me, prepare to have your wildest dreams come true! Here is my studyblr account if you're interested
YOU MUST SLEEP ENOUGH! I cannot over stress this. Yes, coffee is great but you can only rely on so many espressos before you burn out and fall asleep during that boring class. Your Netflix marathon can wait until the weekends or holidays, and no you won't die if your phone is charging 5 meters away from you instead of right next to you (besides it's not good to charge it next to you because phones emit radio waves), that text can wait until the next morning. Catch up on sleep during the weekends. I usually sleep late (until 10 or 11) but then I immedietly get up, make breakfast and get to work. If you're disciplined enough to start work right away I would really recommend catching a few more Z's in the morning - you can thank me later.
Timetables, planners and calenders
Do not walk into your last year of school thinking you don't need a diary because you got through the rest of high school without it. I was arrogant in the first week of senior year because I had never used a diary and though I didn’t need one, luckily after 2 days of school I bought myself one and if I hadn't I'd probably be dead by now. I have a weekly planner on my wall at home for detailed stuff, a monthly simple calender and a day-by-day diary so I can flip over to see what upcoming assignments and tests I have. Your planner should be your life, and should include everything you get up to - in and out of school hours - so that you can plan your study timetable (Yes another timetable) around the upcoming family lunch or birthday dinner.
Have a shallow TV show to indulge in
Sometimes you need a moment to watch something meaningless where you can take your mind off things and just laugh at stupid stuff. This is where reality TV comes in. My go-to is KUWTK*, because the Kar-Jenners are amazing. It's my way of winding down at the end of a long week, having a good laugh and not having to think about anything deep or stressful for once (except of course Kourtney and Scott's relationship status of course). Just remember to make TV a treat and not a daily life-engulfing habit that distracts you from your studies.
*Other reality shows include: Rich Kids of Beverly Hills and any bridal fashion TV
Hope this helped for anyone who is currently stressing out over marks, due-dates and general school stuff (you'll probably burn out anyways, and that's totally fine and normal - I've already been down that road and I'm organized af so...) good luck!
Until next time
-The Traveling Oyster xxx