Whether your are in secondary school or at university, obtaining maximum results without becoming a bookworm or neglecting your social and family obligations, is key. As is the case with most successful entrepreneurs, the most successful students are those who know how to balance life and work, meeting academic challenges without spending all their waking hours on homework.
These are a few tips to make the most out of your precious time:
- Take Good Notes: The first step towards not having to spend an extraordinary amount of time on further research, is to work out what your teacher is liable to count as a valid response in written assignments or tests. This process begins by concentrating intensely on their lectures/classes. Take down key points mentioned and when you get home, highlight only these points; overuse of underlining or highlighting will wrest attention from what really matters.
- Clarify What Your Teacher Expects from You: Few things are worse than spending an inordinate amount of time writing an essay or answering a question and receiving a poor mark for it. When you are assigned a homework task, get the word count, style and purpose right and you’ll be well on the road to success.
- Be a Strategist: Before even starting, take around five minutes to plan how many tasks you need to get done and how much time you intend spending on each. Prioritise tasks, beginning with the most difficult/important ones, so your concentration is still at maximum level when you tackle them. A very fruitful exercise is to actually aim to slice off a few minutes from the time allocated to each task; you’ll find that you’ll whiz through your homework and feel very accomplished afterwards.
- Get Started: You’d be surprised at how many minutes you can waste by putting off due tasks until you’ve listened to your favourite song or checked out the social networks. Consider these pastimes as rewards for once your homework is actually done.
- Use Gaps During the Day to Complete Tasks: Easier, smaller tasks are easier to get done during gaps in the day such as tea, recess, etc. These breaks are an ideal time to complete five- to 10-minute homework assignments, such as maths problems, for instance.
- Skim Read: If you have to get through a hefty amount of text, skim reading and scanning techniques will come in handy. These methods involved paying more attention to the first sentence of paragraphs, grouping words together, etc.
- Eliminate Distractions: Yes, this includes your best friend! While group study works splendidly for problem-solving exercises and brainstorming, when time is of the essence and memory and concentration are key, save the date with your friends for the weekend.
- Boost Your Memory Daily: Every afternoon or at least every couple of days, go over previous lessons at homework time. Practical subjects, like mathematics, can be difficult to tackle if we haven’t worked out the basics. If you find that you don’t have an adequate basic knowledge to tackle more difficult subjects like calculus or physics, opt for a few intensive sessions with a personal tutor, who will undoubtedly prepare you for the mightiest of intellectual challenges.