Associated Student Body president offers personal insights on academics
Senior and student body president Roman Endicott contributes a monthly column as part of his leadership commitment to his peers.
We’ve all felt it before, that gaping hole that opens up in your stomach when those dreaded words fill the room. “Go ahead and pass your homework in.” Your eyes dart around the room searching for someone else who forgot to do it as well. You’d feel better if you weren’t the only one right?
It only took me a few times of feeling this to decide I wasn’t going to let it happen again. After four years of trial and error, I feel as though I have come up with a few general rules that will aid in academic success.
First and foremost, now is always better than later. In most cases, finishing an assignment up early will make for a better chance of success. Not only is the material fresh in my mind because less time has passed, but if something comes up as a hindrance, I have a bigger time cushion and better chances of finishing.
Whenever I have a big project or a paper I need to grind out, I find it is easier to do a short assignment first in order to establish a workflow and turn my brain over to school-mode. Sometimes I even take a shower before starting on homework as it is a great place to process everything in my head and emerge with a fresh mind.
When it comes to simply remembering what must be accomplished for the following day, cooperation is key. Find a friend whom you have many classes with and work together to make sure you have everything down.
What I usually do is write down what is due at the end of the class period before I leave the room, as I can ask the teacher if they were unclear when initially giving the assignment or if I simply forget.
The last is one is to always communicate with your teacher as early as possible. If I ever know that I will not be able to complete an assignment because of an extracurricular activity or family event, I tell my teacher what is going on right away. Teachers do actually want us to succeed, and most of the time they will offer an extension if the excuse is valid.
There will come a time for all of us when we either completely don’t understand an assignment or miss a day of material. At this point, I always shoot my teacher an email and ask them if they can meet one on one with me to go over whatever is needed.
Overall, a proactive student is a successful one, and everyone has a different definition of success. It is important for us to remember not to compare ourselves to others, so as to not get discouraged with our own personal progress.
Proverbs 3:21-23: (21) My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; (22) they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. (23) Then you will go on your way in safety and your foot will not stumble.
For more of Endicott’s columns, read COLUMN: Roman Endicott examines negative peer pressure and COLUMN: Roman Endicott steps out of comfort zone.
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