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Staying On Top of Work at SMA

“Don’t let your work control you, you have to take control of your work.”

Sujala Chittor, Payton Wilson, SMA Life Department Writers

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Are you tired of procrastinating? Do you find it hard to step away from your phone? Read on for some quick tips to step up your game!

Getting back to school after summer break is always hard. After 3 months of freedom, students find it challenging to get back into the swing of things. We spoke to four students who seem to be on top of their work so we can better understand their strategies.

Taking Control of Your Work
Isabel Williams ‘18 shares some insightful advice to get back into the swing of things. “Don’t let your work control you, you have to take control of your work,” she said.

Williams thinks that the biggest thing is to take control of your own learning. It’s your responsibility to take control of your work. No one else can do it for you. She also values self-advocacy and utilizing her resources.

Planning
Williams advises to utilize planners, study, write everything down, sticky note, and start small with your goals and then work up to big ones.

Getting Focused
Claressa Davis ‘19 talks about how minimizing distractions helps her as well. She also talks about prioritizing work. As soon as she gets an assignment, she starts planning.

Davis also talks about taking breaks during long assignments.

“Try to focus on taking one day at a time,” Angela Tipton ‘19 said.

Tipton shares her personal strategy with moving on. She feels that it’s important to remember that even if you don’t receive the grade you wanted, you need to learn to move on and learn from your mistakes.

Balancing Personal Life with Academic Life
Tipton shares that she has had family pressure entire life, and it used to take a toll, but the SMA environment is much different for her. She advises others to shrug it off and move on before you get mad. She talked about letting it go and accepting it later. In addition, she talked about the balance of having fun. She personally enjoys taking lunch and the small moments to do this.

“My family from when I was really little told me that it was important to have family time and also get good grades,” Olivia Cull ‘20 stated. “They would encourage me to get good grades or maybe they would just tell me to work harder if I didn’t get the grade I could have potentially gotten.”

 

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