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June 22, 2013

A Word of Advice: You can survive tough homework nights


An important thing to keep in mind when planning your night of work is that you’ll probably do work slower as you get more tired as the night goes on, so it’s probably a good idea to get the big things out of the way first, so you can get all sleepy when you start doing the small stuff.   

After getting minimal sleep, you’re going to have to deal with fighting off the sleepies in school. This can be even more troublesome, given your limited resources within the school. I typically pack a few things when I come to school sleepy. I bring a small, tightly sealed container of coffee, though many schools may not allow that, and a small spray bottle. When I start to get tired, I take the spray bottle, and spray my face with it. This gives an invigorating rush of water to your face and eyes and also has the dual purpose of cooling you off from the hot weather often found here this time of year. Others will appreciate your spray bottle as well, if they ask to borrow it for a spray.   

While important to manage time and such, it’s often not realized by many adults that sometimes the workload of a studious teenager in high school goes beyond that of which would allow us reasonable time to sleep. Especially at the end of the year, this is a big problem. Though it is a big problem indeed, people should keep in mind that hard work always pays off. Studying, homework, all go toward helping us hit homers at the big game, the Regents, which, like it or not, return to haunt us when we go to apply for college and such. So don’t get discouraged, sip some coffee, cover yourself in ice, and spray on!

Austin Czechowski is a sophomore at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School. Would you like A Word of Advice from him? Send him an email at, or send him a letter to “Teen Talk: A Word of Advice,” C/O The Daily Star, P.O. Box 250, Oneonta, NY 13820. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at

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