School is a major part of your life right now, but it won’t always be that way. Let’s face it, for some of you, homework gets on your nerves. You get tired of the teacher assigning you so much homework after you’ve already been in class for so long. There are other things you’d rather be doing after school and homework isn’t one of them.
For those of you singing the homework blues, here are a few simple tips to help you make a little more easier to manage.
1 | Find A Comfortable Place to Study
Studying in the middle of your living room while your brothers and sisters are watching movies and talking isn’t a good idea. Neither is studying while you’re in a place that you really can’t be comfortable in.
When you’re comfortable, it’s easier to focus on what you’re doing and when you focus, you get it done more quickly. So try studying at the library, or….wait….am I the only one that notices that libraries aren’t actually quiet anymore? At least not all of them anyways. Well, maybe I’ll just say find a quiet library. Moving along…or study at a nice coffee shop, your back yard or front porch, or a quiet place at school. If you have a study period, do your homework there so that by the time you get out of school, your homework is already done.
Whatever makes you comfortable, do that. Whether it’s music, the outdoors, a comfy couch, a nice desk. Find a place where you can work.
2 | Join a Study Group
Homework is easier to get done if you have a group of people to study with. It especially helps if you’re studying the same subject, as long you’re all doing your own work. When you meet with a study group, you have a consistent time and place to meet, which is very important, because you have to make time for homework. When you have a friend or a group to study with, you become accountable to each other. It’s easier to focus when you all have the same goal of getting your homework done, and then afterwards you can have a little fun.
If you don’t have a study group or a friend to study with, create one!
3 | Take Breaks
Doing homework after being in school all day can be exhausting, especially in subjects that you hate. It helps if you don’t try to do it all at once. When it becomes too much and your brain feels overloaded – take a break, refresh yourself, and come back to it. It’s best when you don’t cram. Try working in 30 minute time slots, and see if that helps.
4 | Do It Consistently
Try not to get into the habit of missing homework assignments. If you’ve been missing a lot of them, commit to trying to work on each assignment that you are given from now on. Even if you don’t finish, just do as much as you can and turn it in. As you work more consistently, you’ll get better at it and it will become a habit. If it’s too hard and you just don’t understand the subject…..
5 | Ask for Help
Some subjects are just hard. When that happens, asking for help can make a huge difference! Don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher, or your parents. Also working with a tutor, or in a study lab can help you understand the subject a little bit more. You may have to put in some extra time, but it will be worth it when your grade gets better.
6 | Get Rid of the Distractions
So um, your phone. I know you love it but, when it’s time to do homework you should really put it on silent. And then put it somewhere else, so that you’re not tempted to pick it up to see who texted you or who posted something new. It’s hard to concentrate when you’re doing so much at one time. When it’s time for homework, let it really be time for homework. Your cell phone will be waiting for you when you’re done. Phones are major distractions, but there are so many more. You’ll find that homework time will go by faster when you’re not stopping every 5 minutes to do something else.
7 | Reward Yourself
When you finally finish, reward yourself! Hey, you’ve done a good thing, even if you didn’t know all of the answers or you still need help. You deserve a high five just for working on it. Remember when you were little and you finished your homework and the teacher gave you a sticker? That sticker made you feel proud didn’t it? You’re older and you don’t get stickers anymore, but it’s ok to give yourself a “sticker” when you do well. It may not always be a physical thing, like ice cream or a new pair of shoes, but just being proud of yourself and recognizing your accomplishment really counts and means a lot.
Hope this helps!