How to Help Teens Manage the End of the School Year

The school year is coming to a close so that means huge final assignments and lots of fun events for teens. From the ACT and SAT exams to course finals, students are loaded with stressful work. Although they are in the midst of these scholarly activities, there is still prom and other celebratory events for them to unwind at. However, managing all these things can be a challenge. Parents and teachers should pass them the following tips – and keep a few for themselves – to ensure students do well academically and make memories in the process.

1) Plan ahead
Do not procrastinate. Fill out your applications ahead of time, work on your assignments as soon as you get them, and just get things done as soon as you can. You don’t want to be writing final papers when you should be getting ready for prom or at an end of the year party with your friends.

2) Let teachers know what is going on
A lot of teachers will offer flexibility in the right cases. If you ask politely and explain your load, some teachers may be understanding and give you extensions. But while parents and teachers should be understanding, they shouldn’t enable or let teens take advantage. Students need to learn how to schedule and plan.

3) Don’t feel bad for saying no to events
It may be hard for teens to skip out on events that all their friends are going to, but it is important for them to choose whether some are worth going to or just staying for an hour. Students aren’t going to benefit from over-committing themselves or procrastinating in college, so creating good habits now is important.

4) Don’t forget to have fun
Teens shouldn’t get so caught up in getting things done that they lose focus on the here and now, like making memories and enjoying time with their friends. While students shouldn’t burn the candle at both ends, they luckily have a couple of months to recover. Just enjoy your time and finish strong. Do the best that you can so that you know that you’re proud of yourself.

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