6 November 2008 08:53 AM

Balancing School & Social Life (Part 2)

by Dr. Rick

Continuing from Tuesday, here are five more tips to help your students balance their schoolwork with their social life... 


  1. Develop a relationship with a mentor, a teacher whom you admire, another adult whose opinions you respect, someone you look up to. You’ll learn more than you can imagine. It’s good to have a respected elder to talk to from time to time, to keep you grounded, and to guide you.
  2. Don’t try to be perfect. You’ll never make it. Every once in a while, you’ll go off schedule, miss a goal, or do something foolish. Get back on schedule and move on. Don’t beat up on yourself.
  3. Keep a healthy schedule. You’re busy. Keep meals, bedtime, study time, extracurriculars, special interests, and socializing balanced. Maybe you want to leave some time for the spiritual, too. Follow your heart. You know what’s right even if you don’t always do it. Rituals help. Make pleasant rituals of as many parts of your schedule as possible: winding down for bedtime, for instance, with favorite music and quiet.
  4. Sign up for the right classes. Why do so many students sign up for a ton of heavy subjects that make their schedules one difficult, stress-inducing, confidence-shattering class after another? Spread out over as many semesters as you can the classes that will cause you the most trouble. (There’s that planning thing again!) Know when the assignments are due. When you’re having trouble, get help early.
  5. Schedule some alone time. You need it more than you think. 

These are not difficult rules to live by. As a matter of fact, they’re just common sense.  When you’re unsure, remember the 80/20 rule. Eighty percent academics, twenty percent socializing is a reasonable rule of thumb. Adjust if necessary. The most important thing is not to cede control of your life to others who try to get you to do what you’re not comfortable doing. Be your own boss. It’s your life, your school success.


Have ideas and habits that have helped your child or students you’ve helped balance their school and social lives? Suggestions? Share them with us. We’d love to learn from you.


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8/19/2009 8:48:48 PM

Great post - keep it up man Smile


9/20/2009 7:41:11 AM

Very inspiring post, I totally agree with your thoughts & especially with the last one. In school it's all about you & no one else. It's important to be alone at some times & ask some question to yourself, review your problems & think about the goals you want to achieve. It's always good to have one on one conversation with yourself, it also helps build self confidence, Because if some one is doing it why not you? Social life is important too where you have to take care of others, participate in events make some friends, share you thoughts, see what people think about you & what are their thoughts regarding to different topics. No one is perfect, but thing is to believe in yourself, this will make a student successful in it's academic & social life.

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