• how to combine studies with hobbies and social events
• how to cope with stress at school
• how to pass tests successfully
Time to calm down! Okay, so I didn't have time to study the area of a triangle last night. How much of the test could be on that topic anyway? Everything will be fine, right?
I keep telling myself — "Don't think about that English mark right now! You just need to concentrate." But after school I have to play tennis until 8 pm. When will I ever get my biology homework done? No, I can't think about that now! Concentrate! 2x + y... Concentrate on maths...
"Please put your pens down and pass your papers forward."
Have you ever had a day when everything «eemed to happen at once? Almost all of us as teenagers experience stress during our high school career. I know I do. It can be really hard to do the ••Nngs you enjoy and also do well in school.
School is not just about getting good marks, it - also "supposed" to be a time to have fun when •¦ou go to football games on Friday nights and ;
As a result, their marks are not as good as they could have been because they do not have time to study. If the goal is to get into a good university, wouldn't it be in your best interest to work just toward good marks?
My advice to teenagers who feel they are stressed out is to just r-e-l-a-x. Take a break. Don't let your time be consumed by too many things. Save some for yourself. Always try to find the time to do something that makes you happy, whether it is reading, watching TV or just thinking.
I find that when I have too much homework or too much to think about, the best thing to do is take a break and talk to someone. It is really great to talk to my mum, my sister or my boyfriend about things other than homework. But if you can't talk to someone, try writing in a diary. It may be hard to believe, but it can be really helpful to complain on paper. By writing down my worries, I can actually relieve some stress.
Alex, 16 (From Teen Ink magazine)