Balancing academics and swimming

You should strive for success in and out of the pool.

You should strive for success in and out of the pool.

Student-athletes are often lauded for having good time management skills and being able to perform well academically. These are not talents that just appear because you don a racing swimsuit a few times a week. To reach this level of balance, it takes the same type of hard work and dedication that you would put into the pool. 

Here are some strategies to consider to improve your academic and athletic success: 

  • Figure out your study style – If you're a generally good student, you may be able to pinpoint which types of study methods benefit you the most. Cramming and waiting until the last minute to study is probably not the best approach. Reviewing a topic the first day your learned it and taking occasional mental breaks are helpful strategies. 
  • Talk to your coach – Often, when athletes find themselves under a significant amount of academic pressure, they make drastic decisions like taking the season off or sometimes quitting the sport altogether. Before it gets to that point, ask your coach for help. He or she will be more than willing to help you by doing things like allowing you to leave practice early or connecting you with a mentor.
  • Set high goals for yourself -  To really succeed as a student athlete, you should be willing to fulfill all commitments in and out of the pool. 
  • Understand other obligations – While no one will fault you for putting school over extracurricular activities, you should still keep sports as one of your top priorities. If you've been missing practice to study for tests, then maybe you should consider postponing all other things that take you away from swimming until after the season is over.