Life can be a “Seesaw” at times. It is rightly observed that the balancing act to maintain equilibrium between books and extra-curricular activities calls for some introspection. Sometimes an imbalance causes poor performance in one area that leads to anxiety and stress on both fronts. The following points may help you achieve the right balance in your household.
Keys to Attain Balance between Academic Studies and Extra Curricular Activities:
1. Follow a Schedule: Develop a weekly schedule then work according to it from the first day of the academic year. This can help you keep up-to-date with academics and your favorite sport, dance, drama, etc.
2. Prioritize: Develop an understanding about what is beneficial and essential based on your values and what is not essential. Sometimes you may have to selected between two desirable activities instead of trying to do everything. Always know what the main thing is to ensure that it is done first. It is important to have such a framework in mind while going about your school or personal work otherwise the days events will take over.
3. Studies are First: It is easy to get carried away with a variety of activities; however, doing well academically and gaining self confidence is your student’s primary responsibility. Even athletes and entertainers need to be able to manage their lives intelligently and can excel in both academics and their extra curricular endeavor.
4. Review your Student’s Syllabus Weekly: Most schools have a calendar online and report your student’s progress online as well. Log in to check results including homework status, identify upcoming exams and projects, and collaborate with your teachers as needed.
5. Study in Spurts: Studying in short spurts is always a good way to ensure that you maintain your concentration level and complete whatever needs to be done. This means studying in small segments of 45-minutes to one hour, taking a short break of 5 to 10 minutes and then getting back to studies. Alternating subjects also helps keep your mind fresh and actively engaged.
6. Balance is a Key to Life: Studies alone will get your student so far. Engaging in other activities promotes a variety of life skills including social development, having fun, fitness, goal orientation, and team work to overcome challenges to mention a few benefits of extra curricular activities.
7. Spend Time with Family and Friends: Unstructured recreation is equally important. Going out with friends and spending time with family makes the hard work worthwhile.
If you find it hard to juggle all your responsibilities you may want to bounce ideas around with others to gain insights and develop options. Achieving a healthy balance between academics and extra curricular activities contributes to a good life and helps during college admission.