Homework Strategies

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Homework Strategies

 

 

Doing homework is a drag for many students, but there are some simple ways to ensure that homework is completed on time. Homework is one of the biggest school frustrations for many students. It takes time and discipline to complete homework properly, and many students don’t want to take the time out of their afternoons to do it. However, there are easy tips and tricks students can use to make sure they stay organized and get their homework done quickly.

Organization

Getting organized is one of the most important parts of doing homework and getting it done properly. Having all of the necessary supplies for each class starting at the beginning of the school year is an important way to start the year off on a good foot. Basic supplies for any student include


  • One notebook for each class
  • A folder or binder with dividers for each class
  • Extra pens and pencils
  • Calculator
  • Book bag

Having the proper supplies helps students enter class prepared, and this allows students to concentrate on learning. Keep papers organized in a folder or a binder that has dividers. Separate projects, handouts, unfinished homework and finished homework into individual sections to avoid losing a piece of work or forgetting to finish something.

 

Set Up a Study Area

Students with an organized study area are more likely to be able to focus on their work and complete homework in a timely fashion. A study area promotes concentrating on the task at hand, and can help students avoid the distractions of television and video games.

An appropriate study area can be made in any room, as long as there is a table or desk available for use. Students with their own study areas in their rooms may be more inclined to work, but a study space can be as simple as a kitchen table.

Using a Study Area

Study areas should be well lit, have a comfortable and supportive chair to sit in and be free from distractions and interference. Set up a homework plan for a study area. Designate an area for completed homework, unfinished homework and keep their book bag at hand. When assignments are completed, put them in the bag so that they are not left behind in the morning.

Keep textbooks, notebooks and other supplies in an easily accessible place. Use a pencil holder or mug to keep supplies from getting scattered around the study area or lost. Basic organization skills can make a big difference in helping teens study.

How to Complete Homework on Time

Set up a specific homework schedule for each day. Students involved in sports and other extra-curricular activities need to ensure that they have adequate time to complete their work. Getting work done immediately after school frees up the rest of the afternoon and evening for other activities, but tailor the schedule to individual needs.

Start by completing the most challenging parts of the homework. This can take the most time and involve the most frustration; get it done right after school so that information is still fresh in the student’s mind and she is not too tired to focus on it.

How to Work on School Projects

Teens receive a number of class projects. These can be papers, visual presentations, speeches and many other projects. These types of homework can make or break a student’s grade. Turning them in late or with incomplete portions can result in a very low grade. Fortunately, there are easy ways to ensure a large project is manageable.

Break the project into several small sections. For example, when writing an academic paper, begin by brainstorming ideas, starting research, outlining, working on a rough draft, and then editing the final version of the paper.

Most projects have several weeks for completion. Aim to finish two portions of the work each week in order to complete the work on time, and avoid last-minute all-night working sessions. Although all-nighters can help a student get the work done, he won’t be working at his best, and it will reflect in the grade.

Homework is not a pastime most students willingly engage in, but it is an important part of the learning process. Getting homework finished on time and correctly not only helps students complete their class, it also helps with the development of time management skills and organization.

Source:  Bailey Shoemaker Richards

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 September 2010 15:40  


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