Kids in high school are under a lot of pressure. There’s more competition to get into college and more to juggle on a daily basis, including homework, extracurricular activities and a social life, all while trying to get good grades! This pressure can be tough for any teen. This stress is even harder on kids with learning and attention concerns.

What steps can I take to personally handle them?

1. Manage time wisely. If you know that you have multiple activities to complete every week, make sure you set aside a proper amount of time to complete each activity thoroughly. Since your education is your top priority, make sure you designate ample time each evening to complete your homework. Don’t delay when doing your assignments; putting off your work for later, or procrastinating, can have unpleasant consequences. When you rush to make up for lost time at the last minute, this practice can affect your sleep, your grades, and your concentration. Pace yourself! It is very possible to make good grades, have a weekend job, go out with friends, and play on the basketball team; you can do all of this if you make the most of your time. Budget wisely!

2. Set boundaries. Even though it’s the smart thing to do, it’s not always easy to say no to friends that want to play Xbox when you have an essay to write. Setting boundaries for yourself is a great way to help you manage the responsibilities of being a good student and a good friend. It’s okay to have a social life, but you have to make sure it doesn’t interfere with your studies. If you have two hours worth of homework, tell yourself that you’ll focus on that before you play video games. Completing your assignments in a mature, responsible way will make hanging out with friends more fun because it’ll be the reward for your hard work!

3. Create study groups. Sometimes the best way to usher in progress is to create a community of progressive thinkers! If schoolwork overwhelms or frustrates you, get a group of your friends together to study for the next big test. Each person will bring his or her own special talents to the group, so the more the merrier! Study groups are a great way to offer and receive support during the learning process. Assign tasks like fact checkers, recorders, and quiz leaders to give everyone a chance to engage and participate.

Who can I talk to for help?

Teachers, counselors, principals, parents, and older siblings are all a great resource when you need help managing the pressures of school. Don’t be afraid to reach out! No one will know your struggles unless you have the courage to open up and share your concerns. Trust that others want to see you succeed as much as you want to. Talk to them and let them help you organize your goals and dreams so that your academic experiences are both positive and beneficial to your future.