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Academic Success: Part One

Today’s post will cover tools we can all use as students & teachers for being the best student/teacher they may be. Today’s post is also a week delyaed due to my Junior year at the University of Oklahoma and after school teaching began earlier this week. Note that the photography features meant for Friday was shared Wednesday this week, so I can write this post for today.
TW: Anxiety, stress, depression, etc.
I decided to make this a two part discussion with the second part focusing on collegiate success. I’ve managed to, throughout the past years in and out of school, to adjust my learning style by doing addressing the following lifestyle choices:

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I used to… study 2-3 hours at a time or pracite music (when I was a Music Education major in Texas).
Now… I study in smaller 20-45 minute sessions with breaks in between. Yesterday, I did three sets of online homework for my introduction to Spanish course at in two 45 minute sesisons, making it easier for me to recall what I learned from the first two assignments before I tackled the larger assignment.

For teachers: 20 minute rotations for activites with younger students helps them also work in small learning segments.


I used to… not understand energy management.
Now… I’m still learning about energy management. I just learned about it this summer and I’ve noticed that no matter how hard I try- I still wake up at 7 am; even after coming home from night classes.
For teachers: especially elementary teachers, quite time & reading time helps calm the brain down for children to collect their thougths and emotions.

Stress Management

I used to… overload my schedule by attempting 18 hours in a semester. That system doesn’t work for me and neither does taking 15 hours. A way I trained myself to cope with stress was to continue to join more organizations and add more to my plate. It was quite counter active and I struggled with learning what I needed to prioritize and what was truly important in my life.
Now… I still struggle with stress management. It’s not as bad as it was from 2012-2016, but I have become more efficent in working through my to do list without overly stressing out about it. I tend to hav a lot of anxiety associated with my stress as well since it tends to be more of a mental reaction to stress rather than physical.
Teachers: Self-care and rest is important! As someone who goes through burnout stages quickly, I can not stress this enough.


I used to… be really confused about anxiety (and in some ways, I still am). I also wasn’t the best at preparing for exams and I couldn’t calm down before exams and it always triggered more anxiety.
Now…. it took this past year to realize my test anxiety, but a major part of test anxiety came from being unprepared before exams. I had less anxiety before exams this past year thanks to efficent studying and adequent sleep.
Teachers: Create a safespace for your students to be able to relax before, during, and after exams.

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I used to… really enjoy being stuck in a depressive mood. I tend to enjoy this terrible cycles because it draws attention for people to notice me. It’s not healthy, I’ve finally come to admit that.
Now... September is on its way and I’m feeling okay about it. I don’t freeze when I see seasonal relative words. I’ve found what causes my depression to start, pause for a slow second, and how I can manevur my thinking patterns out of the depeest caves. I’m still not perfect but compared to 2017- I’ve made progress.
Teachers: Refer to the top two recommendaitons but let your students (and fellow teachers) know that there’s counseling, national hotlines, and resources available. Journaling is also a personal favorite one that helps!

Class attendance

I used to… have a major issue with attending my classes. This wasn’t a major issue in high school but I did go through stretches of time missing classes due to mental and physical health issues. When I got to college, I started skipping out on classes quite frequently for the first years of my education.
Now… I had only missed less than 10 classes during the 2018-2019 school year. It helps that I am going part-time instead of full-time right now since that impacts the chances of me attending class, managing stressors, class loads, etc.
Teachers: A lot of little things can affect a students class attendance. Home lifestyle changes, personal life events, or even in-school events.

Everyone’s version of academic success varies student to student, teacher to teacher. Journaling out about what academic success means to you can help you navigate the education goals you have for each semseter and for each academic year!

What are some of your favorite tips for students and teachers? I’d love to read them below to share with others! ❤

Check back later this weekend (or next week) for the next feature in this two-part series!


The linked buttons below are all posts written about the art of journaling!

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