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How to Finish the School Year Off Stress Free

Apr 12, 2021

The most important thing to focus on is that it’s one semester before summer, one semester before freedom, but school’s not quite done yet. 

People want you to do your best, especially those who have slacked off and need this semester to pass. Most importantly, you want to do your best, for you. Teachers are on your side and they want to see you excel just as much as your parents do. Teachers will work with you to help you balance your stress, and they may give you credit if they notice all the extra work you are putting in. Also, if you are experiencing a personal issue which is affecting your concentration, talk to a guidance counselor, they will help to accommodate your learning needs. In attempting to survive the end of school stress, here are five things you should do to minimize it:

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1. Talk To Your Teachers

Let your teachers know what your academic expectation is and ask them if there is anything you can do to help obtain it. If you are behind, this could help you pass. Show your teachers that you care, are willing to take on extra, and they may take your grades into consideration. They will do what they can to help you, but it won’t only be your school work that matters, it will also be your behavior at school. Also, it depends on whether or not you are willing to do the work. Nothing is going to be handed to you, but exceptions will be made in certain cases, which is why you should always communicate your concerns if you have one. 

2. Work With Your Peers

As they say, two brains are always better than one. Consult classmates and friends and work together on projects to maximize results. Collaboration is a great way to learn as different people have diverse ways of comprehension and can all teach us something new.

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3. Do Your Homework

Teachers love to make sure you are paying attention and often test the in-class material that they go over and over in lecture. Study this. Be prepared for questions that your teacher might ask you, and base your studying off of what you have learned so far. 

4. Take Notes

If teachers like to test off their own material, it is wise to take notes in class. They may be the meal ticket to your next “A”. After awhile, as you get to know your teachers, you will be able to predict a certain degree of their test material or testing style. 

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5. Study

So much of what you learn need to be memorized or practice, retention is everything. You need to spend time away from school to give attention to your studies. Study groups (though sometimes too social) can be great as mentioned, but it’s also very important to make time for self-review.  

Try not to max out from any of these things and find a healthy balance that works for you. Paying attention, asking questions and doing the work will make a huge difference. Getting into a routine with school will be helpful towards the situation. You could also benefit from:

Time Management

  • Watch how you spend your time and try to organize your time to ensure you are prioritizing it. Remember, what is most important, and what needs to get done. Are you getting your work done early enough? Or leaving everything to the last minute? Are you getting enough sleep? You have to try and find a fine balance between work, play, and sleep. Don’t procrastinate. This will only build stress as your list of things to do get longer with less time to complete it.


  • Try to do your work on time, and get into the habit of doing this. Make it a chore you can’t ignore. The more consistent you are with doing your work, the less it will feel like work at all. Homework will start to feel natural to you once it becomes apart of your daily routine. Consistency will also help you understand concepts. By practicing them more and more, you are building your skillset, and learning how to correct your own mistakes. 

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Know When to Ask for Help

  • It’s great to make a personal effort at it, but if you are stressed because you are stuck on something, you need to ask for help. Teachers are generally very supportive of a student who wants to learn better and improve. They will work with you to help you to understand the concept. Tutors are often available through school as well. If you have a learning disability or think that you have one, talk to your parents and someone at school right away. There are many things, which can be done to help decrease the stress of your learning process. Don’t be afraid to communicate if you are having problems learning.  

School can be a stressful place, but you’ve made it this far, and you will finish strong. Keep these factors in mind as you try to tackle your stress and get on top of your workload. 

Have Your Say

Are you stressed about the end of school? What helps you when you’re stressed out?