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Tips for catching up after being absent

It is that time of year again when the flu and colds are circulating throughout the school. We have all experienced the harsh reality of a large pile of make-up work after a day of being out sick, and if you have ever been really sick and needed to take a few days off of school, you know that it is extremely difficult to get all that work done, especially when you just aren’t feeling up-to-snuff.

Obviously it is important to get all the work from your absence turned in so that you get the full benefits of the learning experience you missed. However, it is often very difficult to add all the work you missed to the regular work load. All that homework snowballs into a task so huge that it is intimidating to even start. However, despite the enormity of the task, there are some things that can be done to make it more manageable.

Take it on piece at a time. You should be given a few days to get the work from when you were absent done. This allows you to spread it out across a couple of days so take advantage of that to avoid being overwhelmed.

Don’t be afraid to ask your teachers for help. Your teachers understand that you are only human and that sometimes you may need a little extra time or support to get something done. Everyone has been sick, so if you explain to them your situation they would most likely be willing to work with you to get you caught up with as little stress as possible.

Do not allow yourself to get too stressed out. Excessive stress is understandable when it comes to a large workload, but stress also can distract you from the task at hand. If you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed with stress, take a short break to refresh your focus.

After a rough stretch of feeling sick, it is rough to find the motivation to get all caught up on the workload you missed. Just keep in mind that if you find yourself knee deep in homework, there are things that you can do make your task less stressful.