Whether you are expected to do your homework on a daily or weekly basis, your work can really pile up unless you are well organised. Follow these tips and steer clear of last-minute cramming. Make homework your ally, instead of your enemy.
- Keep a diary of homework due dates: Get into the habit of writing down all your tasks; whether you prefer to record homework assignments digitally or in writing, keeping a diary is a habit you will find useful even in your adult years. Cross off each task as you complete it and you’ll never be caught unguarded. In your diary, allocate set tasks for each day and stick to your plan as strictly as is reasonably possible.
- Eliminate doubts before you tackle tasks: As soon as your teachers inform you of your homework, ensure you understand exactly what they want. Otherwise, you could be wasting time or worse yet, you could find that you are stuck and cannot commence the task because you don’t know what is expected of you.
- Follow a schedule: Making the most of one’s school years involves more than just study. Most students enjoy extra-curricular activities and sports, so it is important to stick to a schedule when it comes to study. Do your homework at the same time every evening and if you have not finished your tasks, set aside just a couple of hours on the weekend to complete them. Do not make a habit of leaving your homework for weekends, though – Saturdays and Sundays are, after all, the ideal time to bond with parents, siblings and friends, and to enjoy your free time!
- Find a quiet area in the home for study: Do not study in the presence of people who may distract you. Find a quiet spot and if you find that music helps you study, try Baroque music – it is said to aid in memory retention! Set break times, but keep them short and do not go over the limits you have set. Try to leave the things you really enjoy – like a favourite television show or radio programme – until after you have finished. Otherwise, you could easily go over your allocated break time, and end up spending countless late nights catching up. Remember that getting a good night’s sleep is an important part of learning and doing well in exams.
- Take advantage of breaks at school: Socialising is obviously one of the best aspects of school breaks, but if you have a special event in the evening or during the weekend and you fear that you will not be able to complete all your homework, take advantage of breaks between classes and head for the library. You can get quite a lot done in just half and hour.
- Use learning maps to synthesise information gleaned from your homework tasks, for future study: One of the most time-consuming of all student activities is studying for exams. If you have consistently done your homework throughout the year, though, then you should have a series of synthesised notes and learning/thinking maps. These help you summarise the most important information you need to know in a visual, attractive manner, which aids in memory retention.
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