How to Balance Your Social Life with Being a Good Student

Being a good student requires a lot of time and effort, as well as motivation and the ability to use your time efficiently. And while being a good student may be beneficial in terms of getting a good job when you are older, a social life is one of the most important aspects of a person's life - it can help to alleviate stress, provide an escape from the pressures of workload, and overall increase a person's happiness. Detailed below are some tips on balancing these two tasks at the optimum position for you.


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    Establish your priorities in life. Consider constructing a hierarchy of things you deem most important, to least important. These could be things such as spending time with family, exercising, work life, studying, or even just being happy.
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    Work out what will achieve the priorities. Identify whether the things you brainstormed in the previous step can be derived from 'being a good student"/studying hard, your social life, both, or other sources.
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    Decide on your overall, long term goals for both being a good student. These could be things such as getting a certain amount of A's, or passing a certain test. Also establish your goals for your social life (for instance, seeing friends out of school at least once a week, etc). Then decide what you will need to do in order to achieve these goals. For example, perhaps you could allocate a period of time to each goal.
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    Set time apart for studying. Have a certain time each day or week that you devote entirely to your studies. In that moment, they are the priority,
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    Learn to say no. If a friend wants to hang out when you would normally study, don't be afraid to say "I can't, maybe some other time". Likewise, if you had already made plans to hang out with friends or go to a party, don't cancel that just to finish an assignment - not only are you entitled to a break, but also by doing this you will teach yourself that when you get the time to do a piece of work, you must do it.
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    Arrange sessions with your friends that incorporate social time with studying. Group study sessions can be great for getting help from your peers, and explaining concepts you understand to others also goes to help you retain the information better. However, it can be easy to get distracted, and it's important to ensure the group stays on task. Additionally, testing each other as practice can help make sure there aren't any topics you've missed in your studying. This doesn't even have to be in person - technology has made communication readily available through group messaging or video chats. If you feel the session was effective, consider doing something fun as a group afterwards as a reward so that members will feel inclined to repeat the experience again.
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    Keep track of due dates for projects and tests, and even consider asking your teacher for estimates beforehand. Encourage your friends to do the same. This will make it easier to schedule social events in advance for a time that suits everyone, decreasing the chance of you or someone else needing to cancel last minute upon the realization that they have too much left unfinished.


  • Be flexible. It's okay to skip work one day.
  • Have days off. Days where you relax.
  • Be aware of social and academic places. Try not to goof off in academic places and get used to being productive in them. Likewise, get used to relaxing in social places and don't bring your work with you.
  • Be efficient at completing assignments and studying. Without compromising the results, minimize, if not eliminate, any wasted time. If possible, confirm with your teachers well in advance what they are expecting to see. Control how much time you spend procrastinating scrolling through social media or entertaining videos. You may be surprised at how much time you can save simply by consistently staying on task.
  • Create a timetable of how you would evenly spread your social life with your school life
  • Being a good student is an achievement most people would choose to aim for, so remember it may take a little adjustment and make sure you do sleep because at the end of the day, you need your health and you're education will take you places!


  • Your friends may try to shame you, or use peer-pressure to get you to neglect your studies and hang out with them. Remember, 10 years down the line, you may not be thankful for that day you spent playing Xbox and eating snacks, but you likely will be grateful for those hours you spent studying.
  • Chronic stress (due to workload) can suppress the immune system, in other words making you more susceptible to illness.[citation needed] To counter this, eat healthily, exercise regularly, and practice meditation as well as finding ways to have time out from your studies.
  • Remember that schoolwork affects your future, and so do bad choices that you can make in your social life.

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