That was due today?

Staff Writer: Selene Gomez

The teachers at Woodstock High School can agree that “That was due today?” is one of the most common phrases they hear on test days. Students constantly forget that important assignments are coming up and when they come, they often forget.

Coach Wallace, teacher says, “Don’t forget that your articles are due tomorrow.” and every time he says that he gets a response of “Huh?”

Students are responsible for remembering due dates and materials taught in class to be successful in their classes and pass tests. However, some get distracted and struggle to remember to study throughout the week. Some factors that influence this are, not paying attention, sleeping during class, not having good work ethic and even having work or afterschool activities.

Nancy De La Cruz, junior, says “Three things that cause me to focus are disruptive students, phones and people eating while the teacher is talking.”

Another student Estrella De Luna, senior says, “In my four years of high school the things that were most distracting to me were my friends, phone, and myself. I say myself because I tend to get distracted easily.

A study made by Microsoft says, “The average attention span of a teenager has dropped significantly since 2000, the human attention span shortened from 12 seconds to eight seconds.”

Goldfish have an attention span of 9 seconds, which is greater than most high school students.

Currently social media has evolved to take up as much time as it can without boring the users, and its working, another study from Microsoft said, “77 percent of people aged 18 to 24 said,

“When nothing is occupying my attention, the first thing I do is reach for my phone,” People know that they can always find something to do on their phones to pass time or make a situation less awkward.

Technology could bring good and bad factors into school environments. Technology


Quizlet is used by many students to help study.

could help students do research for a project and use apps like Quizlet and Office 365to make studying easier. Students no longer need find a library to get ahold of that one book for anatomy or even a dictionary, they have many devices all around the school to help them find the answers to their questions.



On the other hand, technology today has made schooling too easy for students, they can now find answers to worksheets and even tests on all sorts of websites. Are these websites accurate? Probably not, websites like Wikipedia, and can be edited by anyone!

Nancy De La Cruz, continues by describing what she sees in class, “I’ve noticed that when things start to get difficult in class, students turn to their phones to find the answers or just give up and go on social media to pass time.”

Don’t believe everything you see on the internet.

Marcelina Mendez, sophomore, says, “It’s no wonder that kids are starting to fail, if they don’t find school interesting then they won’t pay attention in class, but what good is that going to do for them in the future? It’s just not. Teachers try their best to get students to remember by using remind 101 but some don’t even check it..


Teachers can contacts students using remind which will send them a text directly to their phone.

A post by Medical Daily, gives advice to help concentrate in class, “The first thing you can do to help is drink more water, dehydration can cause you to lose your concentration. Secondly try something new, you learn to multi-task and manage time. Lastly avoid electronics, after getting interrupted it takes about 25 minutes to get back on task. Electronics also tempt you while you are working.”

The school year is almost over, don’t let procrastination and the outside world affect you from passing your classes.


  1. An often ignored aspect of this problem is inconsistency and factors outside of student control. Many have made the mistake of fully trusting canvas. Theoretically, a singular place to find all upcoming assignments would be a godsend. However, speaking from the three years of experience I have of using canvas, teachers are never consistent with where the put assignments, if they do so at all. On the opposite end of the spectrum is those who assign tasks on canvas with no mention of it during class time. Both are required for effective communication.

    When students encounter issues, many teachers and even other students are quick to blame a lack of focus stemmed from a lack of effort. This conclusion, while true for some, is rushed. I was often the student criticized for a proposed lack of effort; turns out a combination of undiagnosed adhd and anxiety does not lend itself to a focused and attentive person, no matter the amount effort put in. I’m sure this is true for others as well. What is needed is effective communication, clear and consistent use of technology, and more “why” questions. Ask why students are struggling, ask why teachers struggle with canvas, ask for ways to make a lesson engaging. Simply saying “try harder and stop procrastinating” does not bring anyone anything but stress and frustration.

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