Get Through the Winter

Posted on 01/17/2019
Getting through school during the long winter months.

Landry Whittaker
Staff Writer
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Winter break was great, but not long enough. Only ten days of hanging out with friends and family, staying up too late or catching up on sleep. Reality check: school started January 2nd and teachers made sure students knew it.

Teachers have curriculum they need to squeeze in before the semester is over, and not all students are ready for the workload. Time to find ways to motivate ourselves to get back to the steady work flow, but it will not be so easy.

“The amount of work I had coming back was just insane, nobody was prepared,” sophomore Stella Blacksmith said.

It may be challenging to stay focused in class or even have the desire to be there. Waking up early on those cold winter mornings, the last place students want to be is school.

“It is the end of the marking period and it’s the first full week back from break and it feels so long,” junior Isley Ward said.

Remember to be optimistic for the three day weekend. Or try to get your mind and body ready for the long, cold weeks ahead.

“I think they should not procrastinate their work until the night before and get a lot of sleep,” Ward said.

Teachers do not necessarily want to come back to school just as much as the students do. If teachers ask for constructive criticism to make school a little more enjoyable, do not take the opportunity for granted. Try a new study method to help you with the upcoming tests and quizzes.

“I enjoyed the classes that are more interactive instead of sitting and listening to lectures,“ Blacksmith said.

The teacher's goal is not to make you fail. Their job gets harder as the stress increases to get their work done, but a semester class teacher does not go through this struggle. He wrapped up his lesson before break and was willing to give advice to worried students about the test.

“The key is to study more regularly. People try to have this big study session and you get less out of that than you would teaching your brain little by little,“ economics teacher Eric Sneidman said.

International Baccalaureate students must maintain good grades in hard classes, their time management skills are up to par. How do they do it?

“If I was doing nothing on a night over break I would call up one of my friends and we would study for about 10 minutes. Practicing with a friend is fun and not boring,” junior Nathaniel Gasquet said.

Coming back to the high school is easy if you have your mind set on easing your way back in. Still looking forward to the three day weekend!

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