We know that homework can feel like a chore, but if you allocate your time wisely (that means no more binging on Netflix!) and set attainable goals, you can make the studying process a little bit easier.
Having a long list of assignments and projects can be daunting. By creating a list, dividing it, and setting goals to accomplish each assignment, you can relieve yourself from the overwhelming feeling of not meeting deadlines (or cutting too close to the deadline). And yes, that means no more submitting assignments at 11:59 PM – a minute before it’s due.
Your goals should be:
Figure out and plan what exactly needs to be done – you need to be specific – that’s the keyword! Think about when the assignment is due and who is involved in completing it – is it a group project? Individual?
By making smaller goals to get one assignment done, you allow yourself to monitor and check off tasks when and as they are completed. Categorizing your big projects into smaller tasks builds a sense of accomplishment once you’re able to check something off of the list.
It’s important to make realistic goals that are achievable. If you only have one hour to work on assignments on a specific day, it’s not realistic to make yourself the goal of finishing a 10-page paper.
When you’re doing your homework, make sure what you’re doing is relevant to the assignment – don’t get distracted! Put away your phone and turn off the TV to make sure you stay on task to what’s relevant.
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 complete, try and finish the hardest ones first – that way, you don’t lose motivation. If you try to finish the shorter/easier assignments first, it will be easier for you to procrastinate and put off the longer/harder assignments.
Break Things Up and Take a Break
Like we mentioned before, 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 in one sitting, you set yourself up for frustration (and procrastination!) By getting tasks done individually instead, you allow for a sense of accomplishment.
Taking a Break is a Good Thing
We know that it’s hard to keep your 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 you do. By doing this, you can press the refresh button and get focused again.
Choose an Area that Will Promote Concentration
Decide on an area where you can be productive and work on your homework. Keep in mind that the area should be as distraction-free as possible.
It’s also important to work in a quiet area that has good lighting, along with the supplies necessary to complete your assignment – whether it be your pens, pencils, laptop, textbooks, or even a dictionary!
Write Down Questions
If you allow yourself enough time to complete your assignment and don’t leave it to the last minute, you allow yourself the opportunity to ask questions if need be.
Sometimes, homework needs clarification and that’s okay. If you are struggling, write down all and any questions you have – that way, you don’t forget them when you talk to your instructor or friend.
Review and Proofread Your Homework
After completing your homework, proofread and look over it again to make sure you haven’t missed any steps. Proofreading and double-checking your work allows you to find small mistakes that would cost you easy marks.
Rewarding yourself after completing certain homework goals helps with your motivation and makes you feel like you have accomplished something. Whether you choose to hang out with your friends or watch TV, rewarding yourself is always a good thing.
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