For student athletes, having to juggle the responsibility of academics and an athlete can often be a struggle. Even though sports can help students cope with stress, they’re also capable of causing it. Below you will find the results of a survey that was conducted at the University of Pikeville. Six student athletes from the following sports took a randomized survey: Track, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Soccer, and Football.
Below you will also find helpful advice and tips provided by upperclassmen athletes and helpful information on when and where you can get extra academic help.
Time Management Tips & Tricks:
- Make a to-do list. Electronic, or you could us an agenda/ planner. Put the most important items first and work down from there. – For help with this you can visit an advisor in the Admin. Building.
- Do the hardest, least fun tasks first. The quicker you get them out of the way the less you have to worry about trying to do them later during a busy schedule.
- Get to know your professors. Establishing an open dialogue with them early on can be very helpful for student athletes. Try to keep them updated on your schedule or anything else going on. Let them help you plan your assignment schedule around your athletic duties.
Extra Help Resources:
Some sports, such as track, require their student athletes to attend a study hall period. However; if they don’t it’s still always a smart idea to try to plan one on your own when you know you’ll have free time.
- The library is a great place for this. They offer tutoring on the ground floor Monday through Thursday. Whether you need help in a subject or just someone to review. Proof read, or give feed-back on your work, they are always a good resource.
- The library also has private ‘study rooms’ on the ground floor if you’re the type of person who needs an extra quiet place to study.
- Your professors are also always available over e-mail. You may be able to schedule an office time with them if you let them know ahead of time.
Common Advice given by Upperclassmen Students:
- “If you know you’ll have to miss class for a game, let your professors know ahead of time and try to turn your assignment in early rather than later.”
- “Long trips for games are actually great opportunities to study for your next quiz or exam that may be coming up.”
- “Always make sure to set aside time for studying, it’s easier and a lot more effective to study a little at a time rather than trying to cram all at once the night before.”