Probably a massive irony for a child when everyone around encourages and pushes them to get into sports and get active. Still, when they do, everyone starts complaining about their studies. For a child, knowing how to prioritize or manage studies and sports won’t even cross their little minds. To be fair, if it was up to them they would play all the time and do nothing else.
The amount of studying required varies during the semester based on the assignments, responsibilities, and tests. Sports-related demands change throughout the semester and year; in addition to year-round routine training, training intensity peaks before significant sporting events. Finding the best balance between academics and sport requires trial and error; there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Balancing school and sport inevitably requires trade-offs. Identifying your obligations and expectations for sport and school takes time (and paid work too if you do that). Ensuring your welfare is not harmed requires knowing how much you can commit to.
Although juggling these two is never a lap of luxury, it is more satisfying if you can do so. To properly balance these two while still doing academically, a kid needs a specific kind of motivation. These are five guidelines for succeeding in sports while attending college. One could go into a spiral of confusion trying to manage studies and sports if not done it correctly and wisely.
Your success depends on your ability to manage your time. Together with your academic obligations, you’ll need to balance long practice sessions, competitive games, and travel.
The ability to manage your time has always been crucial in the sporting world. This time of year is busier than ever for student-athletes. It is not easy to juggle academics, extracurricular activities, and social life.
- Use A Planner
Using a calendar or a planner to manage studies and sports. Listing down everything- every task, routine, assignment, and game will help a lot. Humans tend of “out of sight, out of mind”, so when you have the list in front of you, you will be able to manage your time well.
- Choose Balance
You may struggle and find it difficult to keep up with your peers if you put more of an emphasis on athletics than academics. Kids who excel in both academics and athletics enrich all facets of life by pursuing balance. You must also have an optimistic outlook. It distinguishes you from the other students. You can overcome the difficulties of juggling these two pursuits if you have a positive attitude. It serves as a motivator that propels you toward achievement.
- Prioritize, Plan, Prove
You might have to give up some other activities you’d want to undertake because you’re trying to manage studies and sports. It can include forgoing a gathering with friends to attend a practice or a game away from home.
Weekend plans with friends may be planned without having to worry about other commitments if your calendar is planned ahead of time (for example, when you receive your course syllabi and practice/game schedules). To maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle, it’s crucial to have fun in your spare time. Preparation is key.
- Manage. Don’t Burn Out
There is a thin line between planning everything for yourself and burdening yourself with a million tasks that sometimes may not even be humanly possible. In such situations, you need to take a step back and prioritize and divide further activities/tasks.
Being deep-nosed into a book, or playing at ungodly hours will not “manage” studies and sports, but will burn you out physically and mentally.
- Don’t Hesitate To Ask For Help
When you are hiccuped by a problem- a nasty cramp, unavailability of reference material, or a bit extra help in both areas, you must go up to your teacher/coach and take their assistance.
They are aware that your academics come first, so if you have a big test coming up, they could be cool with you skipping practice to study. If you speak with your teachers in advance, they could also be willing to work with your schedule. If you want further assistance, don’t be hesitant to ask for it.
Finding the right balance for a student-athlete between academics, athletics, and a social life can be difficult but not impossible. Always keep your academics and long-term objectives in mind, and plan your time so that you can balance all of the facets of college life.