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3 tips for academic success when you’re ill

As we get older, our attendance in school becomes more and more important. But we can’t always make it in if we’re sick or injured. Here are some tips on how to miss as little as possible on those days.

1. Try not to miss lessons

Of course, it’s difficult, but even if you manage to go in for half a day, your teachers will understand. Oneeducation.co.uk states by the time a pupil has an attendance of 90% or below the rate of pupils still achieving 5+ of the top grades has decreased to just 35.6%. However, if you don’t think that you can concentrate in a rigid school environment while ill, resting at home is probably better; which leads me to my next point.

2. Email your teachers

As soon as you know that you’re going to miss a lesson, email that subject teacher and ask for the work. This means you don’t fall behind and can do the work from the comfort of your own home, or at least have it ready for you to do later when you feel better or after a rest. You can also contact them to ask for any extensions on project deadlines you’re unable to complete to give you some peace of mind.

3. Be as productive as possible!

For most qualifications and exam boards, a specification will be available online so you can easily find out the condensed facts and themes running through the topic. You can also do previous work or write up condensed notes and arrange them.

You can also message classmates/friends to ask them for a copy of notes that you can refer to when catching up or making your own. The more sources you have while learning a topic, the better your own notes can be!

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