Back to school: the study & swim balance

Just. keep. swimming. Top tips for getting the swim/study balance right

As another school year kicks off, many students face the issue of balancing study with outside commitments such as hobbies and work.

While it’s tempting for parents to reduce activities that aren’t directly related to study, there are many benefits for students who continue to swim.

For 18-year-old Jessica Tran, there was no question about whether she would keep swimming while she completed year 12 at Mac.Robertson Girls' High School.

The state squad member has been with Tateswim since she was nine and says swimming “gave her an outlet and escape from the pressure and stress of study.”

Jessica says she enjoyed the health and fitness benefits of swimming as well as maintaining important social connection and friendships.

In addition to her three sessions per week, Jessica participated in M1 Gala’s and short course and sprint state championship meets. She even juggled a part-time job as a swim teacher in the latter part of the year!

Jessica’s balanced approach clearly paid off – she got the results she wanted and is about to start a degree in Biomedical Science at Monash University. She’s just one of the success stories of the Tateswim class of 2017.

Head coach, Mark Tate, says Tateswim has always had a strong belief that swimming plays an important role in keeping students and athletes in a structured routine that allows them to maintain a healthy lifestyle during such an intense time.

In his experience, the most successful students are those that manage their time effectively and keep their bodies and minds active.


Top tips for combining study and swimming:

• While study is a priority, it doesn’t mean you have to give up on everything else you enjoy.

• Do what works for you – it can be trial and error to work out whether you study best straight after school or if you prefer to do an activity like swimming and then hit the books after dinner.

• Plan your sessions around your workload. You may find it easier to train in the morning so you have the nights free for study.

• Maintain connections with friends outside school and take your mind off the pressure of study.

• Communicate with your coach about study commitments and exams.