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Balancing Academics and Extra Curriculars in Grade 11 & 12

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”A healthy balance of academics and extra curricular activities is of utmost importance in every student’s life, more so, when the student is in grade 11 or 12 where the pressure of marks and studies is constantly mounting. While academics are the top priortiy, it is very essential to equally induldge in extra curriculars as they not only help students switch off from the hectic schedule but also develop an all-round personality.

 Develop a Schedule

Planning a strict schedule, and more importantly sticking to it, will help you clearly demarcate between your study time and recreation time. Develop your schedule in such a manner that you complete the tasks and lessons for the day but also have sufficient time left for your hobbies.

Don’t have too many activities

In the unrealistic quest to become multi-talented, students often tend to get into many activities which ultimately takes them nowhere. Indulging in far too many activities will not only disrupt your academic schedule, but also not help you zero in on a single extra curricular activity which you can purse to perfection. Just have one or at the most two extracurricular activities and solely focus on them while balancing your studies alongisde.


Pick such an extra curricular activity which is completely different from your coursework or any thing related. Remember that extra curricular activities are “extra” which are meant for your recreation and relaxation. Pick such an activity which doesn’t demand the same kind of cognitive operations as your academics. This will help you take a break from your coursework and also enhance your overall personality as an individual.


It is good to have a healthy balance between academics and extra curricular activities but at the end of the day, just one of them should be your top priority. Ideally, academics is given the most importance by most students as that is what shapes their careers and future but if you feel your hobby matters more then give it more importance. Whatever your priority may be, devote more time to that. Prioritizing early on in life will help you strike a healthy balance between academics and extra curriculars.

About the Author

Rohini Narayanan is an Ivy Aspire student and is excited about pursuing a career in law