As the end of March approaches, the disease known as "Senioritis" begins to spread among 12th grade senior high school students. By now, most of these students have already committed to their top choice school, and are eagerly waiting for the school year to end. A common misbelief among high school students is that after January, it's okay for seniors to just relax and that grades don't matter because they are already accepted into the school of their desire. However, this is a myth.
Many schools ask that you send in a final transcript, which would give them access to all of your grades post-January. However, senioritis also has the potential to become an even bigger problem: it could continue into your first year of college. If you're a senior in high school and you're reading this, you're probably thinking, "He doesn't know what he's talking about, I could just relax for the rest of the year, and then get my act together once I start the semester". It is much easier said than done. Once you're in the mindset of being laid back with schoolwork, it's incredibly difficult to break out of that habit, especially after a relaxing summer.
Here are some great tips to help break senioritis, and make college the best possible experience!
1. Admit that you have a problem and maintain a positive attitude.
No student is perfect. Slacking off is something that happens to the best of us, and as long as it doesn't become a habit, it's normal and can easily be stopped. The first step is to motivate yourself to work as hard as you did when you began the school year. The earlier that you confront the problem, the easier it will be for you to transition well from high school to college. The old saying "Practice makes perfect" applies here completely. High School can be seen as practice work for college. It's meant to prepare you for the workload and the stress of being a college student. If you lose interest in high school work now, college work is going to be much harder to get adjusted to. Finishing off the year strongly will only encourage you to work just as hard when you begin your fall semester.
2. Stay organized and keep track of all of your assignments.
If you aren't already in the habit of keeping track of your assignments, start doing so immediately. Even if you think you know exactly what you need to do, write it down anyway. Writing things down helps improve your memory skills, and keeps your brain focused. Don't fall behind in assignments, they'll pile up and it'll be both discouraging and harmful to your GPA.
3. The solution to procrastination.
The solution to breaking procrastination is simple. Don't procrastinate. That's all there is to it. You may ask, "Well, how can I do that?".
You can certainly start by eliminating any sort of distractions. As hard as it may be, turning off your phone completely is certainly a start. Social media has taken over the world, and while it is an asset to society, it can also be a very addicting distraction. The important thing to remember is that websites like Facebook and Twitter aren't going anywhere, and they will still be there when you are done doing homework and studying.
The next step to breaking procrastination is to remind yourself how much easier life will be once you complete the assignment. While everyone else is freaking out about getting the assignment in on time, you could be relaxing with a glass of hot chocolate. Doesn't that sound incredible? It's completely possible, you just have to get the work done.
Remember, college is a time of growing up, and discovering who you are. It's an experience unlike any other, and although it's a social experience, the workload is even more important. Failing out of school may seem hard to do, but if you allow senioritis to control you senior year, it will certainly continue into college. College is meant to be enjoyed, don't let laziness habits from high school ruin it for you.