Effective Homework Habits

Leah Dombrow, Staff Writer

Most students have probably had this happen to them.  You come home, you know you have a lot of homework that needs to get done that night, and you know that it will take forever. You wish you could finish the homework quickly, but with other things to do after school, you don’t know how to be efficient. Even though this issue seems unavoidable, there are ways you can be more organized and efficient with homework. The first step to consider when trying to get with your homework is thinking about how you can fit homework into your schedule.

  • Figure out what homework needs to get done when. On days where you have more time after school than others, try to work on homework and other work then so you can have time to catch up on things. If you have a project that you can get done over multiple days, do more of it on days that aren’t very busy. Save other parts of it that won’t take as long; you can finish on more busy days.
  • Make a time each day you can do homework. If you like doing homework right after school, try to make time each day after school that’s just for homework. If you like to do it a couple of hours after you get back from school, try to finish other things before or after the time you have made for homework. For example, if you decide you want to do homework at 5:00 pm, you can try to finish other things you need to get done after school first, so you have a lot of time in your schedule for homework.

Another important thing to think about when you’re doing homework is finding a suitable work environment.

  • Try to make sure there aren’t many distractions around you when you do homework. These make it harder to focus on what you’re doing, which could make it take longer to finish an assignment. Some distractions could be loud noises, devices, and many other things. While you’re doing homework, make sure you’re in a quiet room. Go into settings on your mobile device to turn off notifications.
  • Make sure you have all of your supplies BEFORE you start doing your homework, so you don’t have to get up while you’re working.

Homework can be hard, but sometimes just changing how, when, or where you do it can help a lot.

Source: kidshealth.org