Don't Let It Control You.
Although very few students love homework, it does serve a purpose. Homework helps you:
- Reinforce what you've learned during the day.
- Build study habits that are essential in college.
- Prepare for your classes.
- Get a sense of progress.
College life involves a lot of adjustments for students. Will you have homework in college? Yes. And it can be one of the most daunting tasks you face there. Out-of-the-classroom learning is part of the college experience and essential for academic success. The good news is that learning some homework tips now will make it easier to do college homework later.
Set the Mood.
Create a good study area with everything you need (e.g., a calculator). If you don't have a quiet place at home, try your local library.
Know Where to Begin.
Make a list of everything you need to do. Note all deadlines. Do the more challenging assignments first so you don't have to face them at the end.
Study at the Same Time Every Day.
Even if you don't have homework every night, use the time to review notes. If sitting down to work is part of your everyday routine, you'll approach it with less dread. Also, you'll become a pro at using time productively.
Keep Things in Perspective.
Know how much weight each assignment or test carries. Use your time accordingly.
Get More Involved.
Keep your mind from wandering by taking notes, underlining sections, discussing topics with others, or relating your homework to something you're studying in another class.
Organize the Information.
People process information in different ways. Some people like to draw pictures or charts to digest information, while others prefer to read aloud or make detailed outlines. Try to find the methods that work best for you. Ask your teacher for recommendations if you're having trouble.
Take Advantage of Any Free Time.
If you have a study period or a long bus ride, use the time to review notes, prepare for an upcoming class, or start your homework.
Study with a Friend.
Get together with friends and classmates to quiz each other, compare notes, and predict test questions. Consider joining a study group.
If you have concerns about the amount or type of homework, talk to your family, teachers, or counselor. They can help you understand how much time you need to allot for homework and how to manage your tasks.
Celebrate Your Achievements.
Reward yourself for hitting milestones or doing something unusually well.