For high school students nearing graduation and getting ready for college, feelings of fatigue, anxiety, and excitement can all contribute towards an inability to focus on schoolwork. While it is completely natural for students to feel a drop in motivation when the finish line is in sight, losing focus on your schoolwork can lead to lower grades, missed deadlines, and possibly prevent you from graduating on time. Here are a few ways to help keep your momentum up and avoid fatigue in your final few months of high school:
- Create a schedule. Scheduling is an important part of your entire learning experience, but in your final months as a high school student scheduling is key to staying on track. If you find it difficult to stick to your old schedule with graduation approaching, create a new one that keeps helps you stay focused while factoring in the added time you’ll need for graduation and college or career preparation.
- Stay organized. Stacks of brochures, financial aid forms, and college admissions materials can easily clutter your work space and make it even harder to focus on coursework. Staying organized can be as simple as having the right folders to put paperwork in, and can go a long way in helping you keep your composure on the road to graduation.
- Keep your goals in mind. Many colleges will want to see transcripts from your final few months of school even after you have already been accepted, which can influence your financial aid, class choices, and even admission. Keep in mind the hard work that you’ve already put in to accomplishing your goals, as well as your academic goals for after high school graduation, and approach your final few months of high school with the same enthusiasm and determination that you had when you first enrolled.
Fatigue as a high school student is understandable, but it doesn’t have to derail your academic performance in the months leading up to graduation. Stay focused, organized, and goal-oriented in your final months as a high school student, and graduate proud of the work that you put into your entire high school experience.
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