10 Tips to tackle Homework the easy way.
10 Tips to tackle Homework the easy way.
Homework is no fun, especially when you’ve got busy schedules, as doing homework can be both time-consuming and tasking, which will leave you with less free time and energy.
How many of you all have found yourself still working on your homework around midnight even if you started them hours earlier? Many children struggle with homework sometimes, but how many of you feel it has become a chronic issue that you may need a little extra help with them? How many of you fret about homework time?
Well, you don’t have to anymore! We’ve got some helpful homework hacks for you, which you can incorporate into your routine to make homework feel less overwhelming and less time-consuming.
1. Plan your homework:
Many children jump right into the first thing that’s on your mind or the first assignment that they pull out of their bag and work their way through the rest of their assignments, however, we have a better way around.
You can start by making a list of everything that has to be done that day. That is everything from re-reading notes, to preparing for your next day’s classes. When the teacher is handing out assignments, it would be a lot easier if you write them down in your planner and ask relevant questions about what exactly is expected, if you have doubts.
2. Allot specific time:
Figure out how much time you have to finish your homework, according to the different tasks that you have listed. Make an estimation of how long you would take to complete each task on the list and see if you need to allot less or more time accordingly.
Once you make an elaborate plan with timings, you can work straight through your assignments instead of frequently stopping to figure out what to do next.
If you have a heavy homework day, you might also need to devote more time to homework, especially if you are involved in sports or other activities post-school.
3. Gather all you need:
Keep everything you will need for your homework-ready, like your laptop for research, your textbook for reference, pens and pencils for writing, a calculator for problems, graphs if required, and so on.
This is important because forgetting supplies and getting up between homework to get the supplies take you off course and makes it harder to get back to your homework efficiently.
So as you have planned your homework, you can figure out everything you will need and get each item ready at your workspace before you begin with the actual work.
4. Comfortable work environment:
When you sit down to do your homework, where do you prefer to do it?
In front of the TV? Which can actually be the biggest distraction slowing you down and making homework seem longer than it actually is? Or on the bed? Which will more likely make you feel sleepy, distracted, and lead to lower productivity?
It is important that you find a quiet place with fewer distractions so that you can get your homework done faster and more effectively than otherwise. It is better if you have a desk area with a comfortable chair in a well-lit environment, so you won’t have to strain yourself, especially your eyes.
5. Eliminate all distractions:
We understand that this is probably the last thing you want to hear, but it is imperative to put away your electronics, including your cell phone, during homework.
This will be totally worth it, because every time you get a notification and check your phone, it breaks your focus and requires more hard work from your side to get back on track with what you were working on.
If you need to use your laptop while doing homework, you can use website blocking apps such as “stay focused” and chrome extensions such as “strict flow” to avoid distractions and pop-ups.
You can also let your family and friends know that you do not want to be disturbed at a particular time when you are working or studying, which will also help in getting stuff done faster.
6. Hardest assignments first:
It’s easier to start with the simple stuff and get it out of the way, but it is when you begin that you have the most energy and focus.
You can use this mental power and superior focus on the subjects that are most challenging to tackle. So that you can work on the simpler, easier stuff when you’re tired and less focused.
7. Move on:
There could be specific assignments with which you can get stuck. While it is important for you to try and figure out the problem or assignment as best as you can, it is also imperative that you do not invest too much time in it, as it can mess up your homework plan for the rest of the assignments.
If you come across one such subject or type of assignment, which is more time-consuming than the others, you can also ask for a little extra help from your parents, friends, or older siblings later.
8. Take breaks:
When we have a lot to do, we feel the pressure to just work straight through hours and hours and get homework done, but this is something that will probably end up slowing you down and draining your energy.
Everybody needs a break between work, and it is similar to homework as well. Most of us need a break between subjects or between long stretches of study.
It is also true that many people have shorter attention spans, and sitting for too long without relaxation can make us less productive than if we take regular breaks. It is important that you do not stretch your break more than you originally intended, so stick to a break schedule of 10 to 15 minutes and follow through with it strictly.
9. Stay hydrated:
After a long day at school or online classes, you may feel mentally and physically tired. Jumping straight into homework after this may not work best.
So it is important that you have some light and healthy snacks before you start your homework and keep drinking plenty of water throughout your homework and even throughout your day in general.
Staying hydrated is important to revitalize your body and brain, and for you to work in a more efficient manner.
10. Reward yourself:
Reward yourself after finishing homework. Or did you finish earlier than your planned time? If You allot a 30 minute time for a said subject and you complete it in 20 minutes, you can use those extra 10 minutes as a reward.
Rewards can be anything like an extra break or a treat, playing a game, watching a show, anything that you find fun and entertaining.
This will make homework a lot easier and will help you start your next homework on time and get through it faster.
Wrapping it up:
While you keep in mind the above-said points, also remember that by staying focused, organized, planned, and motivated you can get your homework done in a timely and more efficient manner and move on to more fun and exciting activities.
All the very best!