Teaching seniors with Senioritis

As the year progresses and more and more seniors start getting their acceptance letters a horrifying illness will run rampant through the school. The disease is known as senioritis. Symptoms of senioritis can remain dormant for long periods of time and then strike hard out of nowhere. Teachers convey the notion that senioritis is made up, and that the kids are using the disease as an excuse for laziness. Despite what adults say, senioritis is real. I know this because I also suffer from senioritis.

I was self diagnosed in August and my condition has grown steadily worse. Motivation is at an all time low while procrastination is at an all time high. The rational everytime I have a task I need to accomplish is, “I already got into college so it doesn’t really matter.”

This has led me to not really feel the desire to pay attention in class.

Do not get me wrong, I enjoy some of my classes. I enjoy classes that relate to my future major such as AP Government. I also enjoy my classes with teachers I thoroughly enjoy such as AP Physics C and Spanish 7. However some of my classes I have trouble staying motivated.

So, in an attempt to improve the education for my fellow sufferers of senioritis, I came up with 5 tips for teaching kids with senioritis.

Tip 1: Do not talk down to us. As seniors we are about to step out into the real world. In the real world, people are expected to treat other as equals and those who do belittle people are seen as jerks (or they become president). Seniors would react better and would be more motivated if teachers talk to us as equals.

Tip 2: Accept senioritis as an inevitability. When a team in the NFL clinches the number one playoff spot with a few weeks left, what do they do? They bench their starters. Essentially that is senioritis. We do not want to add unnecessary stress to our life if it will not affect our future significantly. We do not want our starters getting hurt. So denying senioritis’ legitimacy is like denying evolution.

Tip 3: Try to space out assignments. As a senior I believe I am speaking for a majority of other seniors when I say, “if an assignment is due on Thursday, we will do it on Wednesday.” So, if there are assignments that need to be completed, space them out instead of having multiple doing on the same day.

Tip 4: Accept the fact that work comes before homework most of the time. Many seniors have jobs, and many students work on multiple school nights a week. And to some seniors, making money (which we will need lots of in the coming months) is more pressing of an issue than completing some worksheet.

Tip 5: Understand that we have a lot of stuff going on. Seniors in high school are in a weird place in their lives. We are making one of the biggest decisions of our lives at a time when we have to ask permission to use the bathroom. We have family constantly pressing us on what we are going to do with the rest of our lives when we still sit at the kids table at Thanksgiving. No offense but at this point in our life, some book problems are not very important.

Use this information if you want to, teachers. Students, if you agree, share these tips to your teachers.

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