I really want to do homeschooling! The stress of middle
school is just too much for me with all the homework and remembering every
little thing. I told both my parents but they said that there was no one home
to homeschool me and I would forget how to make friends. But I honestly can't
take it anymore!
Hey, babe. I’m sorry school is so stressful for you, but
your parents have a huge point. While it might be possible for you to get a
tutor or sign up with an online school, most kids that homeschool are taught by
a parent. If both of yours are working, then homeschooling might not be
possible for you right now.
As you grow up, though, you do need to learn how to manage stress effectively. While the workload in
middle school is greater than that in elementary school, high school and
college will require you to work even harder to stay on top of your classes.
Check out our best tips for avoiding school stress overload…
Use a student planner
Most schools hand these out at the beginning of the year,
but if yours didn’t, head to an office supply store and pick one up ASAP. Write
down every single assignment and get into the habit of checking it before you
leave school (so you bring home the books you need) and after you complete your
homework (to make sure an assignment didn’t slip through the cracks).
Make a game plan
For tests, projects and essays, sit down with a study guide
or a list of requirements and set some deadlines so you won’t be forced to work
on everything or cram the night before it’s due. Nixing procrastination will
help lower your stress level and allow you to turn in your very best work.
Find a stress reliever
If you’re studying all the time, you should look up from
your books each day and take a break. Find something you enjoy doing, like
running, playing the guitar or painting, that gets your mind off of your work.
When you return to your HW, you’ll feel recharged and ready to conquer the
world…or chemistry, at the very least.
Take a look at your course load
If your classes and homework are overwhelming you, it might
be wise to drop a few honors courses, nix a club or two that you don’t really
care about or add in a study hall. When the time comes to pick your classes for
next year, talk to your guidance counselor about what you’ve been experiencing
this year so that she can help you create a better schedule for you come
Consider seeking help
If it takes you ages to read a chapter for language arts or
solve equations in math, you might want to get tested for a learning
disability. LDs are quite common and there’s help available, from tutors to
extra time on tests to medication.
Good luck, girlie!
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 4/25/2011 7:00:00 AM
POSTED IN school, bust school stress, new school, home school