The life of a student-athlete isn’t easy. Balancing academics, sports, and a social life is enough to fluster even the most organized of people. One common problem among student-athletes is the lack of focus they put on academics. Since most of us won’t go pro in our sport of choice, school is going to take you as far in life as you let it; so use these tips to do well and go far.
• Utilize your time on the road. As an athlete, you spend time on the road traveling to away games each week. This travel time is usually spent sleeping, talking with teammates, or listening to the pregame playlist on your iPod. If you have an exam coming up and you don’t feel fully prepared, use this time to get an extra study session in – flashcards and notebooks can easily be brought onto the bus and studied.
• Make the most of school resources. Chances are, your school has a wealth of resources that you aren’t utilizing. For example, the library offers a quiet, distraction-free environment to write, read, or study for a test. It is also home to books, databases, and other information sources which can be of help. Some schools even offer writing centers, math centers, and one-on-one tutoring sessions to help struggling students.
• Use study halls for studying. When you look at your schedule and see “Study Hall”, you probably read it as “Free Time”. School study halls can be used to chat with friends or catch up on sleep, but they are better used for schoolwork. They provide you with invaluable time during the middle of the day to catch up or even get ahead on homework, upcoming tests, and other assignments.
• Get enough rest. As a student-athlete, it is important to stay well-rested. A lack of sleep not only affects your performance on the field, but in the classroom as well. Getting into the routine of going to bed earlier may be difficult at first, but you will soon realize that the extra energy the next day is worth turning off the TV.
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