How to Manage Academic Workload

Academic workload and meeting deadlines are two of the most common sources of stress for students. Balancing schoolwork, a job, friends, after school activities, and family obligations can be a real challenge.


At JB Tutoring, we are here to help students manage their academic workload more efficiently and set them up for success. We offer a variety of services to our families, ranging from specific subject tutoring to ACT/SAT prep to college application essay support.


We will share with you a few tips and tricks our tutors use to manage their workload without feeling too stressed.


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How to Reduce Workload Stress


One of our Austin math tutors, Grace, shared in a recent blog post that a time management skill she used to prevent herself from getting too stressed while studying is to set a timer for 1 hour and work non-stop during that time. When the timer goes off, she sets another timer for 15 minutes, and uses that time to relax and take a break from her school work.


This technique works great for reducing the stress often involved with completing long assignments. Giving yourself a break after a set period of uninterrupted study can be motivating because the break essentially rewards you for working hard. Taking breaks can help keep you motivated to get your work done.


Another tip to manage workload stress is to try and get study groups together with your friends. I know you would much rather spend time with your friends than sit at home and study and do homework, but why not compromise and spend time with your friends while also studying?


Getting work done in a study group is a great way to reduce stress relating to your workload because you are spending time with your friends and can work together to tackle any difficult problems that stump you.


It’s also important to understand that in order to reduce workload stress, you should also prioritize taking care of yourself. If you are practicing self-care, you are more likely to feel better and be less stressed.


Eat nutritious meals that help energize you, spend some time outside, move your body, and try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Or, perhaps try to just do one special thing for yourself that you love and enjoy each day!


How to Manage Workload and Meet Deadlines


If you’re struggling to manage your workload and meet the deadlines/due dates that pair with your work, try to eliminate distractions. If your home gets noisy with siblings or pets running around, consider going to a library or quiet coffee shop to study. This can help you get work done and help you focus since you will be outside of your home space where there are many distractions that can take us away from our work.


An organization tip shared from one of our Austin tutors, Grace, that can help you manage your workload and meet deadlines is to utilize a planner. Writing down all your assignments, due dates, and meetings in a planner will help you prioritize your workload and stay on track of all their deadlines.


Lastly, reward yourself! Rewards give you something to work towards and look forward to after tackling all your assignments for the week. But, remember to make your rewards realistic!


For example, if you love to go get coffee and pastries and managed to get all your schoolwork done for the week, reward yourself on a Saturday morning by getting a coffee and treat from your favorite coffee shop. Or maybe you’ve been interested in buying a new pair of shoes. Whatever it is, give yourself a reasonable goal to meet and reward yourself if you meet that goal!


And remember, don’t spend too much time stressing over one assignment. If you have others, just prioritize getting as much done as you can without becoming too overwhelmed.


If you’re feeling stressed and in need of tutoring assistance with any subjects, please reach out to the talented tutoring staff at JB Tutoring to schedule an appointment with one of our professional tutors today!


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