How to End the School Year with the Correct Mindset

“It’s so close to the end of the school year,” your mind tells you. “Let’s slack off, we’ll be ok once final grades are calculated.” Students all over the world constantly have this internal conversation around this time because the end of the school year is so difficult. The anticipated feeling of no schoolwork consumes us a little too early and the desire to slack off or lose interest becomes the standard for the rest of the year. As a high school senior getting closer and closer to graduation, I understand the severe school fatigue. Every grade, activity, or event stimulates the same dreary, monotonous question, "Is the year over yet?"
No matter if you're in high school or college, we all struggle with finding the perfect end-of-the-year motivation. We start the year on 10, ready to conquer each and every challenge. Yet by the end of the year, we've lost our spark and our drive has declined. And while you may think otherwise, ending the year as enthusiastically as you began can make a huge impact on your life in multiple aspects, whether academically, socially or athletically. After all, knowing you put all your effort into ensuring you ended the school year right can positively influence anything you're involved in.
If you want to successfully conclude your school year with a mental boost, try these tips:

1. Set Goals


We hear it over and over again, how goals are the motivation for everything in life; however, how often do you see others--or yourself--making sure you reach your goals? Goals aren’t worth anything if you don’t work towards achieving them, so truly make an effort. Write your goals down, keep a checklist, use an app on your phone, write steps that will help you achieve them. Find a system that works for you and execute!

2. Remind Yourself of the Importance of Organization 

Organization is a big part of school. After all, how can you complete any of your assignments if you don’t know where they are? Oftentimes, when we misplace things we don’t think of their importance at the moment. So we throw that item wherever, hoping to find it later. However, the time we spend searching could be used doing something more productive. As you come closer to the end of the school year, keep your belongings organized and note where things are stored. Spending time searching for misplaced items can hinder you from completing tasks that you initially wanted to accomplish. 

3. Connect with People who are Strongly Motivated


Surround yourself with people who are diligently motivated to push through school. That healthy vibe can carry-over and uplift your less-than-enthused spirit. An attitude change might just be all you need to successfully end your year!

4. Get a Little Competitive

When you find those friends that push you, find ways to compete. Everyone likes friendly competition, so consider incorporating some sort of contest in whatever you’re doing, whether that’s schoolwork or extracurricular. That will encourage both you and your friends.

5. Go to School Events


Perhaps one of the reasons why you are mentally drained from the school year is because schoolwork is all that you do. Engage in the activities and events your school hosts and let loose a little. Allow yourself to have fun. Breaks are a must-have throughout the year, so use your school events as little respites. 

6. Go for Extra Credit

Towards the end of the year, some instructors are more open to offering extra credit. These assignments, if done well, can raise your grade and give you some proper motivation to finish that class well. Take these assignments seriously and do all you can to receive that full, extra credit. If your instructor is more reluctant to offer extra credit, embrace the challenge by showing how well you can do without it.

7. Be Responsible

Try not to put off your responsibilities. When you get a short-term assignment, do your best to complete that assignment as soon as possible. If you receive a long-term assignment, plan how you are going to complete it. Execute that plan, and you won’t stress about finishing your assignment. Remember, procrastination can go far beyond school. If you procrastinate in extracurricular activities it can also impact your effort at school. 

8. Find a Proper Study Space


Your environment can severely affect your feelings towards your schoolwork. Find that space where you can actually work. Put your phone on “Do Not Disturb.” Get out the bed. Avoid TV. Whatever you need to focus, make it a part of your space. Get creative with your study environment.

9. Focus on the Future


Visualizing yourself accomplishing your goals is a huge motivator. You will long to actually accept those achievements, so constantly remind yourself of the end goal. Your efforts should go towards your future, and before you know it, the end will be closer than you think. 

Have any other good tips for finishing the school year? Talk to us in the comments below!

SOUL REPORTER | Shelby Wingate is a rising senior at Whitefield Academy in Mableton, Georgia. The extremely competitive athlete plays basketball and runs track for her school. While she does love sports, Shelby uses her competitive nature to excel in academics and will apply that same drive when she attends college to major in Journalism or Communications and minor in French.