For many young athletes, the most important thing is being on the field. What is sometimes overlooked by some student-athletes, however, is that the on-field competition is merely a part of the equation. Athletes are not allowed to compete at all unless they fulfill certain academic requirements and, as we all know, most coaches don’t want to deal with players who can’t stay on the field.
It is so important for athletes to constantly be choosing to put themselves in position to succeed, whether it be on the field, in the classroom or in any other facet of their life. Like a good teammate, we at Team Cura are here to help you achieve your goals any way possible. We compiled a list of quick tips to keep in mind as you are trying to juggle life as a student-athlete. If you stick to this game-plan, you will have the tools you need to not only play like a champion, but study like a champion.
1. Make a schedule ahead of time with sports/school events together
Being a student-athlete is like balancing two lives. Trying to keep everything straight and organized can sometimes seem impossible. This is where keeping a planner of both your schedules together can be very useful. This ensures that you are literally keeping everything on the same page and putting yourself in a position to get the most out of your time.
2. Use your weekends wisely
Most students view the weekends as a chance to relax, recharge and, sometimes literally, not do anything for a couple days. While rest and relaxation definitely have their place and are important, why not take some time during the weekend to catch up on anything you may have missed over the past week? This also goes for anything that may be coming up in the future that you may want to get a jump start on. The weekend is relaxing and fun, yes, but it is also a resource for you when you need it.
3. Don’t overextend yourself
As obvious as it may sound, there are only so many hours in the day. With balancing being a student-athlete taking up so much of your time, it is important to monitor the things that you are agreeing to devote your time to. While it is important to make time for other interests outside of sports, as well as helping those around you, overextending yourself with too many engagements can cause you to spread yourself too thin. This is also where keeping a schedule or planner comes into play, allowing you to carefully plan your time and avoid overcommitting.
4. Minimize distractions during class (don’t sit by teammates/friends, sit in front of the class, etc)
Having class with your teammates or friends can be fun, but it also can quickly turn into a distraction. However hard it may be, you need to put yourself in the best position to learn and pay attention during class. If that means sitting away from some of your friends who may distract you, then so be it. Your teacher will also appreciate that you are actively trying to pay attention and learn in their class.
5. Establish a relationship with your teachers, and don’t be afraid to ask for help
Your teachers are like coaches. There always needs to be open communication and a strong relationship in order to be effective. The more you talk with your teachers, the more you will learn about them and vice versa. What is their grading style? Do they round up grades? Are exams curved?
Inform your teachers about your other commitments at the beginning of the semester, not when you get behind in class or “your dog ate your homework.” By keeping lines of communication open, it makes it easier for your teachers to work with you when you need help balancing all of your commitments.
Begin adding this game plan to your routine and lift your performances in all areas of your life as a student-athlete.