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Tips that make doing homework a little easier

Posted April 2, 2012, by Sprott Shaw College. Tags: , ,


Homework SkillsHomework can feel like a chore but if you allocate your time wisely and set attainable goals it makes the process a lot easier.

Be S.M.A.R.T.
Having a long list of assignments can be daunting. By dividing up a list and setting goals to accomplish each assignment it can help with the overwhelming feeling of making deadlines.

Your goals should be:

Specific

  • Figure out what needs to be done. Who all is involved in accomplishing the assignment? And when the assignment is due.

 

Measurable

  • By making smaller goals to get one assignment done, it allows you to monitor and check off tasks when they are completed. Putting a quantity on an assignment can allow for a sense of accomplishment once you are able to check something of the list of tasks.


Achievable

  • It is important to make realistic goals that are achievable. If you only have 1 hour on a specific day, it is not realistic to make a goal of finishing a 10-page paper.

 

Relevant

  • Make sure when you are doing homework, what you are doing is relevant to the assignment. Don’t get distracted by the computer, your phone or the TV.

 

Time-bound

  • In order to finish assignments on time, it’s important to make firm deadlines for completing your homework. Figure out how long it will take to do the actual assignment and then schedule the time you need in your day-to-day life.

Try to stay motivated.
If you have a list of assignments to get done, try and do the hardest assignments first, that way you won’t lose motivation. If you get the shorter/easier assignments done first, it will be easier to procrastinate and put off the longer/harder assignments.

Break things up and take a break.
If your homework consists of 10 different steps, don’t try and do them all at once. Break them up into smaller goals and make a checklist. By trying to get a 10-step assignment done all at once, you are setting yourself up for frustration. By getting steps done individually it allows for a sense of accomplishment.

Taking a break is a good thing.
It’s hard to keep one’s focus on homework for long periods of time. That’s why it’s important to take short 5-minute breaks for every half an hour of homework. It is a way to press the refresh button and get focused again.

Choose an area that will promote concentration.
Decide on an area where you will do your homework. The area should be as distraction free as possible. It’s important to work in a quiet area that has good lighting, along with all the tools that are necessary to complete your assignment. By tools that means pens, pencils, paper, instructions on what to do for your assignment, textbooks, a calculator, a dictionary etc.

Write down questions.
If you allow yourself enough time to complete your assignment and do not leave it till last minute, you allow yourself the opportunity to ask questions if need be. Sometimes homework needs clarification. If you are struggling, write down any questions you have, that way you don’t forget them when you talk to an instructor or friend.

Review and proofread your homework.
After completing your homework, look over it again and make sure you haven’t missed any steps. This is also a good time to proofread through your work.
Proofreading allows you to find small mistakes that would cost you easy marks.

Reward yourself.
If you decide on a reward to enjoy after completing certain homework goals it helps with your motivation and makes you feel like you have accomplished something. Whether it be hanging out with friends or watching TV, rewarding yourself is always a good thing.