The workload in high school is often difficult to handle. But when you have a chronic disease, that workload can feel almost impossible to keep up with. You may feel too tired to stay up to complete your homework or to even stay awake in class. These issues can be detrimental to your happiness and your GPA. However, by seeking accommodations and by following the tips below, your illness can have less or even no impact on your school workload.
Tip #1: Learn about your assignments early.
If you truly want to be successful in school, you will need to talk to your teachers and ask them about upcoming assignments before they are even assigned. Tell your teachers about your situation and explain how knowing about assignments early will help you perform better in their classes. If you receive your assignments early on, you should be able to have plenty of time to complete them.
Tip #2: Find out what your best studying times are.
Some people are morning people, and some are night owls. Others are somewhere in between. You need to find out when you are the most alert and most capable of working efficiently. If you are your best early in the morning, then you will have to wake up early and start working. If you’re most efficient at night, then you’ll have to stay up late to complete assignments. You won’t be able to work properly if you are trying to work when you are tired or not feeling attentive.
Tip #3: Stay on top of deadlines.
If your teacher gives you a deadline, write it down immediately. Start working in little blocks of time so you don’t end up having to complete the entire assignment at once. It will save you from experiencing excess stress.
Tip #4: Keep organized.
When you have IBD, your symptoms can make your life feel hectic. You don’t want your school work to feel hectic as well. Try getting binders for each class, color-coding your notes, getting a planner- whatever you need to do to feel organized and ready to work.
Tip #5: Tell your teachers about how you’re feeling.
If you have accommodations, you shouldn’t need to talk to your teachers, but if you don’t have accommodations, you should definitely tell your teachers about your disease and ask them if they can help you feel less stressed. They should be understanding of your situation considering you have a painful disease preventing you from completing work. They could potentially adjust assignments for you so you don’t feel overwhelmed by the workload.
These 5 tips can both lower your stress level and save your GPA. Maintaining a high school workload while suffering from IBD can be a challenge, but it can be done. You just have to make sure you apply yourself correctly and ask for help if necessary.