Week 6: Using Your Head
|Student-Athletes studying in our academic center, CATS|
1:00pm: nap time in the team room (it’s necessary)
|Tutors are a big help!|
|Study groups with teammates are also a huge help!|
1. Go to Class – First of all, if you don’t go to class, you’re going to get in big trouble. Second of all, going to class (and paying attention) will help you do better on homework, quizzes, and tests. I promise I’m not making this up.
2. Don’t Procrastinate – Yes, you are extremely busy (is there an echo in here?), which means you don’t have time to put off schoolwork until three hours before it’s due. When you have a million things to do during the day, you have to take advantage of the little time you do have and get your work done.
3. Ask for Help – If you are having trouble in a class, don’t wait until you get an F on three tests to say something about it. Go to your academic advisors and ask for extra help, tutors, etc. They know your schedule is ridiculous, and they will be more than willing to help you. You can also ask a teammate or fellow athlete for help if they’ve taken the class before and have a good understanding of the material.
4. Time Management - During the weekends, your time is even more limited, especially if you are on the road. I’ve found that the best time to get work done on road trips is on bus rides, plane rides, or in the hotel room before pre-game meals. It’s likely that your roommate on the road will have work to do too, so instead of watching reruns of America’s Next Top Model for six hours, turn off the TV and set aside at least an hour for some schoolwork.
5. Prioritize – Just because you have a game against your biggest rival at the end of the week doesn’t mean you can disregard all of your schoolwork until then. I know it’s hard to concentrate in class when you have a big game coming up, trust me, but if you get your work done at the beginning of the week then you’ll leave yourself more time to focus on the game.Click here to see the official AVCA Team Academic press release and the full list of recipients.