Getting Your Homework Done
by Ron Kurtus (revised 27 May 2013)
In order to finish your homework as fast as possible, you need to manage your time and make sure you don't become sidetracked. Instead, keep focused on your homework goal. One trick is switching subjects when mentally saturated on a specific subject.
Questions you may have include:
- How do I manage my time?
- What can sidetrack me?
- What does switching subjects do?
This lesson will answer those questions.
Manage your time
Once you get your assignments for the day, you need to make some plans to manage how you will spend your time.
How much time is needed?
Determine how much time you want or need to spend on homework and if you have other pressing engagements to attend that evening.
Have a schedule
Set aside a certain amount of time to do each homework assignment. It is not a bad idea to write down your time schedule.
Zip through each subject
Then try to blast or zip through each subject, concentrating on getting the job done. In this way you won't dawdle or doodle. If you don't have a time limit set on a subject, you may take longer than necessary to finish your homework.
Don't get sidetracked
If you are trying to finish your homework quickly, don't let yourself be sidetracked by minor distractions. Set aside specific time periods for doing your homework. You can always phone your friend at a different time or during a break.
One thing to do is to concentrate on getting the job done. Unless you have a hyperactive mind, don't try to do several things at once. Rather, focus on doing your homework right away, so then you can enjoy some free time.
Major distractions can be found when you are using your computer as part of doing your homework. It is easy to check out Twitter, Facebook or some other social application while trying to do your homework.
Jacob would start writing a report on his computer, but then every 5 minutes, he would check Twitter to see what was going on with his friends or his favorite celebrity.
Afterwards, he would complain that he never had enough time to do his homework.
Every time you get distracted, you lose your concentration and train of thought. It takes an extra effort to get back into what you were trying to do in your homework.
If you are using texting to get some homework information from a friend, it might be considered part of your work. But if you are just texting to find out what's going on, you are getting distracted.
Listening to music
Many students like to listen to music while studying. If music doesn't interfere with your mental concentration, fine.
Some students can listen to music while studying, some can't. See what works best for you.
Do NOT watch television while doing your homework. It will take you forever to finish your homework, and you will most likely do a poor job at it.
If you have a lot of homework to do, try switching subjects every 30 to 40 minutes. If you stay on one subject for too long, you can become mentally saturated and less efficient.
Use different part of brain
Researchers found that when you become saturated and change to a completely different subject—like from Math to English—you use a different part of your brain. This results in a mental freshness and being able to get more done. Later, you can go back to the original assignment to finish it at that time.
If you pace yourself like this, you will be able to get a lot more done in a shorter span of time. Experiment to see what works best for you.
Concentrate on getting your homework done by managing your time. Keep focused on your homework goal and don't become sidetracked. Switch to a different subject when you feel mentally saturated.
Resources and references
Homework Helper - Lists of homework webistes for all levels from CollegeScholarships.org
Homeworkhelp.com - Provides some free lessons but also charges for better information
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