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Use whatever fits in with your own organization style, and list out each night of homework in the same place. It's common to quickly write out the math problems you're supposed to do at the top of your notes, or scribble down the page number of the English reading on a textbook page, but try to recopy this information into a specific homework list so you will be sure to remember to do it. Write down as many details as you can about each assignment.

It's good to include the due date, corresponding textbook pages, and additional instructions from your teacher. This will help you plan your night of homework more effectively. Also, it's a good idea to write about your homework in a planner.

Make sure you understand each assignment. It's important to spend a bit of time before you dive into your homework to make sure you understand the skills expected of you in the homework assignment.

When you get a list of problems to complete in math, flip through and read all the problems, looking for potentially difficult ones. Do the easy questions first and move to the harder ones later. Look through a reading assignment to get some sense of how long it will take, how difficult the reading will be, and whether or not you'll need to complete any questions as a result of it.

Homework doesn't have to wait until you get home. Look through an assignment as soon as it's been given, so you'll have the time to ask your teacher any questions you might have before you leave school for the day. Create a comfortable homework spot. The best way to do homework is in a quiet space without distractions, where you'll be able to spend however much time you need to do your homework comfortably.

Whether at home or elsewhere, a quiet spot is necessary for a good homework session. You might want a snack and drink just in case. At home , a desk in your bedroom might be the best place. You can shut the door and tune out any distractions.

For some students, though, this is a good way to get distracted. You might have video games, computers, guitars, and all sorts of other distractions in your bedroom. It might be a better idea to sit at the kitchen table, or in the living room, where your parents can call you out for procrastinating. You'll get it done more quickly without the temptation of distraction. In public , the library is a great place to study and do homework. At all libraries, it's a rule that you have to be quiet, and you won't have any of the distractions of home.

The school library will often stay open after school ends, making it a good option for finishing up homework before heading home, or your school may even have an after-school study spot specifically for the purpose. Studying in the same place too often can make work more difficult. Some studies have shown that a change in environment can make your mind more active, since it's processing new information. You'll be able to vary your routine and remember what you learned more effectively.

Choose the most important assignments to work on. At the end of the school day, when you're getting ready to start on your homework, try to figure out what the most important assignments are and put them in the appropriate order to give yourself enough time to complete everything you need to do. This is especially important if you've got multiple assignments, or some assignments that aren't due the next day but will take multiple days to complete.

You've got to divide your time appropriately, making prioritizing an important step. Try starting with the most difficult homework.

Do you really hate the idea of getting into the algebra homework? Does reading for English take the longest? Start with the most challenging homework to give yourself the most time to complete it, then move on to the easier tasks you can complete more quickly. Try starting with the most pressing homework. If you've got 20 math problems to do for tomorrow, and 20 pages to read in a novel for Friday, it's probably better to start with the math homework to make sure you'll have enough time to complete it.

Make homework due the next day the priority. Try starting with the most valuable homework. Your math homework might be difficult, but if it's only worth a few completion points, it might be less important to spend a lot of time on it than the big project for Social Studies that's due in two days. Devote the most time to the most valuable assignments.

There are only so many hours in the day. Set aside a specific amount of time to devote to each assignment in your homework, based on how long you think each assignment should take and how much time you have to work on it in the evening. Give yourself enough time to complete each assignment and do other nightly chores. Set an alarm or a timer to keep yourself honest. The less time you spend procrastinating and checking your text messages, the more quickly you'll be done.

If you think you can finish everything in a half hour, set a timer and work efficiently to finish in that amount of time. If you don't quite finish, give yourself a few extra minutes. Treat it like a drill. Keep track of how long you usually spend on particular assignments on average. If your math homework typically takes you 45 minutes to finish, save that much time each night. If you start plugging away for an hour, give yourself a break and work on something else to avoid tiring out.

Schedule 10 minutes of break time for every 50 minutes of work time. It's important to take study breaks and give your mind a rest, or you'll work less effectively. You're not a robot! Make sure you have everything you need before you start. It's distracting and difficult to go searching for a ruler or a protractor after you're in the middle of your geometry homework, and it can be difficult to get back into it after going on a hunt that takes a half hour.

If you've planned effectively, you should know exactly what you'll need to complete the assignment and can set up everything in your study space you'll need. Once you go into your space and start working, try not to leave until you've got a break scheduled.

If you want a quick snack or drink, get it now before you start. Hit the bathroom and make sure you'll be able to work for the amount of time before your next break, uninterrupted. Eliminate as many distractions as possible. Put your phone away, get away from your computer, and make your environment as quiet as possible.

Giving homework your undivided attention will actually make it easier, because your mind won't be balancing different tasks at the same time.

It's common that students will try to multi-task, watching TV or listening to the radio or continuing to chat on Facebook while also trying to do homework. It'll be so much more fun to do those things after you're already done with your homework, though, and your homework will take half as much time if you're focused on doing nothing but your homework.

Check your phone or your social networking sites during your study break, but not before. Use these distractions as a carrot, not as a pacifier.

Concentrate on one task at a time. Finish each assignment completely and check it off your list before moving on to the next item. It's usually better to finish one thing completely, so you can put it out of your mind and move on to other things. Focusing on individual tasks helps to keep you focused. Put all the other assignments out of your mind and focus on the task at hand.

Maybe you could even ask a close friend or family to help you. If one assignment proves challenging and time consuming, it's okay to switch for a while to something else. Just make sure to save enough time to circle back and give it another shot. Take a break every hour. Set a specific amount of time you will spend every hour doing something besides homework, and stick to it.

Be sure you set how long after the start of the hour, and how long you will take. Don't let your break be too long though! You could start doing something and not want to go back to work! Try to figure out what works best for you.

Some students might like to start their homework immediately after school to get it done as quickly as possible, while it may be better to give yourself an hour to relax before starting in on it and decompress from the long school day. Don't wait for the last minute. While it may seem like a better idea to work straight through and finish, it's possible that the quality of the work you're doing will start to suffer if you don't give your mind a rest.

It's difficult to think hard for more than 45 minutes at a time on a particular subject. Give yourself a rest and come back refreshed. Dive back in after study breaks. Don't let breaks balloon out into longer and longer breaks, or "being done. The first fifteen minutes after a break are your most effective minutes, because your mind will be cleared and ready to work.

Give yourself a pep talk and dive back in, refreshed and ready. Create incentives to finish. Put a carrot at the end of your homework, like a new episode of your favorite show, or a chunk of video game time. Make it something that you didn't get to do during your study breaks, so it'll be more attractive to keep working and finish completely.

If you have trouble staying focused, get a parent, sibling, or friend to help keep you honest. Give them your phone while you're working to avoid the temptation to check it, or give them the video game controller so you won't be able to plug in for a few minutes of alien-hunting when you're supposed to be doing your homework.

Then, when you're finished, show them the finished product and earn back your fun. Make it impossible to cheat. Let the homework take as long as it needs. As tempting as it may be to bull-rush through your math homework to get to the Halo at the end of the tunnel, slow down and do it effectively.

There's no sense in doing it if you're just doing it wrong to get it done. You can make yourself take enough time by having your gate-keeper the person with your phone or video game controller check over your homework for quality when you're done. If you know you're not going to get it anyway unless it's done right, you won't have any reason to rush. Slow down and do it right.

Review your work after you finish. When the last problem is done, or when the last sentence is written, don't just slam your book shut and jam your homework into your backpack. Take a short break and return to your homework with fresh eyes to read it over and look for obvious mistakes. Fixing spelling errors, typos, or obvious addition-errors is a great way to give yourself the extra points you deserve.

If you go to all the trouble to do it, you might as well take a few extra minutes to make sure you do it right. Start working on it now. It's a lot easier to come up with reasons to do other things, and avoid doing your homework. But if you struggle to finish and find the time to complete your homework on a regular basis, this kind of procrastination is probably to blame.

The easiest way to steal extra time for your homework? It might be easier to just dive into your homework and get it done while the skills are still fresh in your mind. Waiting a couple hours means you'll have to review your notes and try to get back to the same place you already were. Do it while it's fresh. If you've got three days to read an assignment, don't wait until the last evening to do it all.

Space it out and give yourself more time to finish. Just because you've got a due date that's a long time away doesn't mean it wouldn't be easier to finish now.

Stay ahead of the game. Try either waking up earlier or going to bed later. But don't get too tired! Steal some homework time on the bus. You'd be surprised how much time you've probably got hidden throughout the day that you might be able to use more effectively. A long bus ride is a great opportunity to do some of your less-intense homework, or at least get started on looking through it to plan how you'll do it when you get home.

If you've got to read a bunch of stuff for homework, read on the bus. Pop in some headphones to white noise that'll drown out the shouting of other students and tune into your book. The bus can be distracting, or it can be a great resource. Since it's full of your classmates, try to get other students to work with you and get things done more quickly. Work together on the math problems and try to figure out things together. It's not cheating if everyone's doing the work and no one's just copying.

Also, you might make some new friends while you're at it! Work on your homework in between class periods. Sometimes passing periods are quite long, as much as 10 minutes.

If you get to your next class quickly without dallying in the hallway to talk to your friends, you can steal as much as an hour throughout the school day to work on your homework in between classes. Imagine knocking out an entire math assignment the day it was assigned and not even having to bring your book home.

Don't rely on this time to finish homework just before it's due. Rushing to finish your last few problems in the five minutes before you need to turn it in looks bad in front of the teacher, plus it doesn't give you any time to review your homework after you finish it. Rushing is a good way to make mistakes.

And always check difficult problems you had trouble with. Work on homework during long waits. If you've got an hour to kill before sports practice, you could spend it messing around or you could spend it finishing your homework. Don't make excuses that there aren't enough hours in the day if you spend some of those hours wasting time waiting for something.

Use your time wisely and you'll be racing through homework in no time at all! Work on your homework while you're waiting for a ride, while you're killing time at your brother's soccer game, or while you're waiting for your friend to come over. Take advantage of any extra time you have in the day. Talk to your teacher about difficult assignments. The first, best, and most important resource for homework help should be the teacher who assigned it. If you struggle with an assignment the night before it's due and it ends up taking a long time, don't keep beating your head against the wall.

It's okay to stop when you can't figure something out after a serious effort and ask your teacher for help. However, many teachers find this annoying and ask students to at least try. Asking for help with your homework isn't a sign that you're bad at the subject or that you're "stupid. Especially ask if you weren't there that day! Asking for help isn't the same thing as complaining about the difficulty of homework or making excuses.

If it's an easy assignment, take a break and do it in 15 minutes or so, then get working again! If it's a long-term project, do it last. Not that it's not as important, but you need to save your time for the things with near-due-dates. You might prefer to get one or two easy tasks over-with at the start of a homework session, saving the hard stuff for last.

Diving right into the hard stuff can be discouraging, and studies show that many people learn well when they start with easier material and work up to the harder stuff. Getting a few easy tasks done quickly can remind you of how good it feels to be productive.

Some people, however are more motivated to dig into the hardest stuff first. It will make the rest seem like a breeze. Find out what works best for you. Use simpler problems to find the steps to do harder solutions. Most problems can be broken down into simpler problems. That's a key to try on most math and science work and exams. You probably don't want to do your homework, but you feel like reading this article this is more productive than just sitting around playing a video game or whatever.

At least you look like you want to try do it, right? If you really need to do your homework, then turn off your computer to help get rid of distractions! Print out any worksheets that are already on the computer to keep you from having to turn it back on.

Not Helpful 50 Helpful How do I get an assignment done after I have already procrastinated and don't have much time? First, you should put away all distractions. If you need to work quickly, it is best to find a quiet spot to work on your homework.

Maintain the mindset that you can still finish in time. Just stay in that spot and finish the assignment. Don't take breaks unless absolutely necessary. Not Helpful 13 Helpful If it's due tomorrow, then assign a fraction of the problems for example, 10 to a fraction of the time, such as 15 to 20 minutes.

Then take a break between every 15 to 20 minutes; that way, you aren't getting overwhelmed by all the homework. If it goes faster than this suggestion, then great! Not Helpful 51 Helpful Sit down and get stuck in. Have a break every half an hour to an hour, and eat nutritious snacks to stay active in mind and body. How to Avoid Distractions While Studying.

Not Helpful 41 Helpful For example, go to your parent or teacher and ask something along the lines of "Hey person , do you think you could help me with assignment? I'm having a lot of trouble with part of assignment. Remember to ask while you still can. Not Helpful 36 Helpful Don't do homework in bed. Listen to upbeat music on low volume, and take a 5-minute break every half-hour or so to get up and stretch, move around, and have some water.

Not Helpful 6 Helpful Think of the consequences of not doing your homework, or just force yourself to do it! Once you get started on it, it'll be easier. You can also think of all the fun stuff you can do after you get your homework done to keep you motivated. Not Helpful 56 Helpful What if setting goals and rewards for finishing homework makes me impatient?

Don't stress over hard goals, and if you can, find a motivational goal that will get you working. You might also like to deal with your impatience, which is a separate issue from goal setting and needs working on. Not Helpful 30 Helpful If you do not remember the assignment instructions, text, call, email, or use social media to contact a friend you can also email the teacher if their email is on the school's website.

In the future, consider having a designated folder, notebook, or binder for important forms and homework assignments. Leaving your homework at school is no excuse to not do it. Not Helpful 31 Helpful This is likely because you want to do fun things instead of boring things. If you think about fun things while you are doing your homework, it helps to motivate you. Not Helpful 61 Helpful What if I want to do my homework and change my mind set but it is just too difficult and I let it off?

Answer this question Flag as Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Already answered Not a question Bad question Other. Tips If you really don't want to do your homework, then just get everything ready to do your homework: Then sit down and open the book to the page you need to read. Then read the first paragraph. Usually by then you will feel that you can write the first sentence, of an answer, report or of notes.

Do your homework on a table or desk, but never try to work on the couch or in your bed. You will get bored, and the bed is so soft, you might fall asleep. Even if you are not like the people who could actually fall asleep, you will get comfortable and distracted. If you have a really hard homework, do easier homework first so that you are not stuck and standing still.

If you can help it, don't go to bed before you finish your homework. What will happen is that you'll say, "Oh, I'll get up early the next morning to finish it. Studies show that during sleep, the brain tends to hold the memories you have right before you go to sleep. Therefore, if you have to memorize something, try to learn it just before bed. That does not mean you can cram vocabulary words right before you go to sleep; memorize some during the day so that right before sleep you can review most or all of them.

On the break, do not start your reward or anything else that you might be tempted to use as an excuse to not go back to your homework. If you need to use the computer for homework, do not get caught up in interesting ads that could lead to browsing the web and interrupting your work.

If you can, try using a blocker to block these things and try not to get tempted. If you are having trouble getting through a certain assignment and it takes a long time, temporarily switch to another assignment.

Don't get really stressed about not being able to do homework. There's plenty of help around - the Internet, parents, friends, etc. If all else fails, you can go into school early and ask your teacher to explain the work to you. Start with your notes or texts in front of you, don't do it alone, not guessing how to get solutions, use the notes you have from class.

Avoid procrastinating that may affect your plans for the rest of the day. Say you start thinking, "Oh, I'll do it tonight" then look at your plans, and you would have something there, "Nope, my favorite show is on.

Do the rest of your homework right after arriving at home. You are still in the school learning mode, and it will be easier to remember all you have learned.

Then, you will have the rest of the day and evening free, without having to even think of school, until the next day. Write down your assignment and write the time you started it. When you finish, write down the time again. Make sure not to procrastinate in-between! Do this for all your assignments and you will probably see that it doesn't take as long to do homework as you thought. Record your breaks too! Every time you take a break, write down the start and end time.

Knowing you are being timed may motivate you to do your homework faster. Don't get really worried! Next week you'll be wondering 'why ever did I get so worked up about it? Change your perspective so you can, essentially, reach back into the past to change what's going on in life now. Write down motivational suggestions that work for you, to start homework or assessments.

If you're going through a list of motivational techniques, such as these, write down all of the techniques that make you go "hmmm, that actually might work". By doing this, next time you can look at your own list that is you-specific.

You will find that you get your work started faster, and will feel more in control. Music may often help you concentrate; though try to avoid music with lyrics or very complex melodic progressions, as they may cause you to think more about the music than your homework.

Certain classical music and some jazz are good for listening to while doing homework. Trance is the best style of music for studying; many people find studying to trance music very easily because most trance music is pure instrumental. Make time for breakfast and lunch. It does play a role in your ability to think. Get inspired to do it! Make colorful charts, and diagrams to help speed up this process.

If you choose to listen to music, be aware that studies show you perform best on a test when the conditions, light, noise, etc. If you are an extreme procrastinator, you might try some "structured procrastination". As the suggestion above says, do the easy homework before doing the hard homework, however not just to give yourself a sense of accomplishment, but also to avoid doing the big stuff. When it comes to the big stuff, find another larger task to avoid, like annoying house chores, to put off in order to do this homework, instead.

Some people use 'study drugs' in order to stay awake, hoping to stay focused. While this may be an effective way to avoid sleep, be aware that using drugs in this manner may cause unwanted side effects, such as mild depression, anxiety, insomnia, etc. Since psychotropic drugs work differently for different people, this is not an effective way to study.

Make sure you get a good nights sleep the night before. You will be able to work better, if you are not tired. If there is something you don't understand, write down a specific question, or mark the page in your book. Then you can ask your teacher for detailed help. The teacher will start explaining too basically or too advanced, and not help you this frustrates both you and the teacher. So instead, say exactly what you need to get cleared up. If you do homework with a friend, it's easy to get off subject and not do work in time.

Of course, it's perfectly fine to be part of a study group, if you know you can all focus. It's easier to recall something, if you remembered it under a similar environment, known as state-dependent learning. That's why it is important to study at a table and with proper lighting instead of reading on your bed, for example. Try reading the homework out loud as you do it.

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