How To Catch Up In School When You Start To Fall Behind

how to get caught up in school

Even the best of us fall behind in school sometimes. Assignments pile up from every subject, and you’re trying to enjoy your extracurriculars, too! 

If you fall behind, don’t worry. Here’s how you can catch back up. Need additional help? Contact us to see how our reading tutors can help you get caught up!

Make a list

If you have so much to do that you aren’t sure where to start, making a list helps keep you organized and ensures you don’t forget any one task. If you can, order your list from most important to least important.


  1. Finish English assignment and proofread paper due tomorrow
  2. Hand in science project from last week
  3. Read chapters 37-39 for history
  4. Clear out backpack, so I stop losing papers
  5. Get Mom or Dad to sign permission slip

You can keep an entire notebook dedicated to these lists. You know what else is super fun? Crossing off items on your list that you’ve completed. This helps you remember you’re being productive!

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Keep a planner

What about projects or assignments that are due in the future? Lists are excellent for tasks in the near future, but planners work for scheduling out into the future.

Using your planner, go through your assignments and fill them into the dates where they’re due. For instance, if you’ve got a book report due in three months on March 25th, find that date in your planner and write down: “book report due!”

This only works if you go through your planner periodically to remind yourself of those far-out due dates. That way, you won’t be caught procrastinating the week of more significant assignments.

You can also write in the dates of your quizzes and tests, so you’ll remember to study in time.

Feel free to use that planner to remind yourself when to start certain assignments, too. You can also add in extracurriculars or commitments beyond school.

Get organized

Planners and to-do lists are wonderful, but if you can’t find the papers or books you need, it won’t do you much good.

Make sure you’ve got a notebook, binder, or folder for each class. Ideally, you’ll pick ones in different colors, so it’s easier to remember which ones are for which classes. As soon as you get papers, put them in the appropriate binder or folder. If you opt for notebooks and binders, you can keep notebooks in the binders.

This organizational system is a fabulous way to keep materials organized for assignments and also for tests. Hang onto papers and notes that will help you study for exams.

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Remove distractions

Phones, computers, friends, pets, and many other things can be incredibly distracting. When studying, it’s best to remove these distractions

If you can, consider heading to the local library where you’ll be more likely to study. That’s not an option for all students, so if you don’t have a library, don’t stress. Instead, find a spare room or quiet space in the house.

You could even ask for noise-canceling headphones if your house is loud and busy.

Don’t take on too much at once

Sometimes, it’s tempting to say yes to too much. Between school, sports, music, friends, family, the dog, and everything else, your schedule might become unexpectedly packed.

Doing too much means sacrificing time and quality from each activity to fit them all in. This includes schoolwork, and it may be why you’re falling behind.

Think about which activities are important to you and which ones could be reduced or eliminated completely. School should always be a top priority!

Saying no to a classmate’s birthday party or passing on one club meeting to catch up on your schoolwork will do wonders for you, especially if it’s reducing your stress from being behind on school.

Hire a tutor

If you’re struggling to understand the material and that’s what’s causing schoolwork to take so long, it may be best to hire a tutor. Tutors can work individually with you and help you understand concepts from the start, preventing you from falling behind.

Your parents may be able to help, but, at some point, tutors are a better option. 

If you’re struggling and need some extra help, Be Alright Tutoring is here for you. We’ll make sure you catch up on schoolwork and understand concepts quicker. Check us out!

Talk to your teacher

In some situations, you can talk to your teacher and get accommodations to help you catch up. It’s also important to be honest with your teacher; that way, they can offer you extra support or time where needed. This may prevent you from falling behind to begin with.

There’s no shame in telling your teacher you’re struggling, nor is there shame in asking them for additional explanations on concepts that are difficult for you.

In some cases, teachers may offer extensions, so you aren’t penalized for turning in work past the original deadline. 

Discuss concerns with your healthcare provider

According to the CDC, 17% of kids ages 3-17 suffer from one or more developmental disabilities. These include issues such as ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, and more.

There’s nothing “wrong” with you if you’ve got any of these issues. In many cases, extra help and tutoring can help you overcome them and get back on track.

If the previous techniques aren’t working, it may be time to talk with your doctor to see if you’ve got a developmental impairment. Knowing what you’re up against can help you overcome the problem. In the end, it’ll be much better!

Final Word

There’s no need to stress if you’re falling behind in school. With proper techniques, you can catch up again no problem. 

Make sure to stay organized, use a planner, eliminate distractions, discuss with your teacher, and implement all other items on this list.

Need a little extra help? Be Alright Tutoring is here for you. Learn more about us today.

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