Pacing not racing to finish a project


A student’s school materials lay on a desk. Teachers have started to assign big projects since it’s nearing the end of the year.

Tori Wilkes, Author

The end of this school year is inching closer and closer, and that means a lot of projects, tests and finals are also approaching students. Here are some tips to get a good grade and have some extra time on your hands:

  1. Start as soon as possible. This way you won’t be rushing to finish it a few days before it’s due. These kinds of big assignments can really affect your grade in the class, and they can take a long time to complete.
  2. Write down important dates. For example, if you are doing a term paper, write down when your rough draft will be due. It would be unfortunate for you to walk into class and see something is unexpectedly due.
  3. Pace yourself. Make a daily plan of something small to accomplish every day. This way, you will be doing several small steps instead of rushing to do everything last-minute. Plus, you will probably have some free time on your hands.
  4. Take breaks. This is especially important if you are doing a lot in one day. By taking breaks, you can give your brain a breather. Your break can be as short as five minutes or as long as an hour. It depends on how much you need to do that day. During your break you can do something relaxing like listening to music; just don’t lose track of time.
  5. Put away your cell phone. This is hard for most teenagers, but doing this can really help you get things done.