Life as a high school student can be exceptionally busy.

With college applications looming, you’re aware of the pressure to be strong academically, excel in sports and other extracurriculars, demonstrate your leadership ability, and maintain your friendships. It may even feel as though every move you make is now documented for admissions committees.

Despite school taking up your days and after-school activities, and homework keeping you occupied at night, it’s absolutely vital to maintain control of your schedule. To help you stay on top of everything, we’ve outlined a few easily-employable tactics to help you manage multiple commitments in high school and beyond!

1. Plan out your schedule in advance.

Many high schools operate with block schedules that can be confusing to keep track of. To avoid wasting a free period that could have been used to work on the homework you left on your desk at home, use a planner to map out your schedule in advance. Spend just five minutes after dinner packing your bag for the next day with all of your necessities and a longer-term assignment that can be worked on if you get some unexpected free time.

2. Study with friends.

You may find it works well for you to have a classmate to bounce questions and ideas off of. This can be tricky because sometimes people study in different ways that aren’t compatible with your study habits; also, sometimes studying with friends can turn into a hangout session. To keep from slipping into pure socializing, try setting a weekly study session that’s followed by a homework-free dinner. This will help you balance your time spent working with time to relax with friends.

3. Limit your internet.

Have you ever tried to write a paper, but found yourself on Facebook instead? The 24/7 availability of the internet can interrupt sleeping patterns, homework, and so many more activities essential for your overall success. Try using one of the distraction-blocking apps we discussed here to stay focused. Our CEO, Jay, is an avid Evernote user!

4. Be honest.

Your teachers know that you’re busy, but they’re not necessarily aware when your busiest weeks are. If you’re totally overwhelmed with other classwork, your home life, or other important activities, talk to them. Teachers prefer a mature and honest student that produces quality work to a silent and stressed student who doesn’t reach their full potential. They may be able to help you find ways to manage your time better, and, at the very least, will appreciate your honesty. Don’t expect this to be a free pass—some teachers don’t care —but it’s something that could help.

A bit of planning can go a long way to help you keep things together. Wondering how you can make time management a reality for yourself? Browse the academic coaching section of our blog for more insight. If you have any specific questions, comment below and we'll try to address it in a post!

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