6 Tips To Do My Homework Faster.
If you’re a fan of Modern Family, you’ve probably seen the episode where Claire attends an open house at her kids’ school and discovers that Alex’s teachers are assigning something like seven collective hours of homework a night. Alex—the middle daughter in the show’s most “traditional” family—is a bit of a brain and is a range of advanced classes, but that doesn’t make the point the show makes any less valid, especially for college students and especially for those taking online classes, the value of homework for professionals taking online courses after their schooling is sometimes in question.
Today’s students are being assigned far more homework than their parents were probably assigned when they were in those same university classes. And students that take online classes are often assigned more homework than those who attend a classroom-based class, simply because they do not have those classroom hours. This often makes homework a full-time job (according to this USA Today study, a part-time job might be more accurate), on top of the money-making full-time job you may already have. If you feel that your homework takes too long and is eating up the rest of your life, here are six tips to speed up the homework process:
- Establish and stick to an organizational system. If you are constantly searching for those notes you took or the assignment you printed out to work on, you are going to be wasting a lot of time. Instead of just tucking notes, assignments, and textbooks wherever they will fit, start thinking seriously about creating an organizational system that makes it easy to find anything and everything you need to learn. This is just as valid a tip if your class is entirely computer-based. Set up a digital filing system that makes it easy to find your notes, your homework, your tests, etc.
- Cut out the distractions. If you are trying to watch television, listen to music, or browse the web while also doing your reading or other homework for a class, it is going to take you twice as long to do that homework. While some people need background noise in order to be able to focus, anything that draws your attention away from the task at hand is slowing you down. Don’t give your brain more than one thing to focus on at a time and you’ll find it’s much easier to understand the concepts you are trying to learn and then finish your assignments. If you need help blocking out distractions—especially online distractions, there are computer programs that you can use that will block all websites except for your class-related ones.
- Change how you think about homework. No one, throughout all of elementary school, middle school, high school, and maybe even college, will tell you what homework is for. At least, I didn’t realize that homework wasn’t just busy work, until I was already in college. Don’t just do homework to do it. Think of homework as your test prep. You don’t just want to get the answers right—you want to learn the material—and that means making connections and really understanding why each piece of the assignment is important. This will help you build momentum as you progress through your homework, instead of treating each piece of the assignment individually.
- Take breaks. Yes, taking breaks can actually shorten your homework time. If you’ve hit a wall that you just can’t seem to break through, it’s time to take a break. Get up, walk around, eat a healthy and energizing snack, and then get back to work. A fresh mind can make working a difficult problem or answering a difficult question much easier. Your brain works best in fifteen-minute increments. Work for fifteen minutes—if you’re not making progress, switch to another task, work on that for fifteen minutes, and then switch back.
- Stop doing homework when you’re tired. If at all possible, it’s time to stop doing homework as your last activity before you go to bed. Learning works best when you are energized and refreshed. The more tired you are, the longer your homework will take, as you brain will be struggling to understand concepts and process information. Either do homework first thing in the morning or early enough in the afternoon that you are not already fatigued when you get around to it.
- Do homework on the day it is assigned. Why? Because if your professor assigns homework directly related to the concepts discussed in class, they will still be fresh in your mind as you work on your homework that evening. That means less time looking through your notes or trying to relearn information that you knew yesterday. This also cements the information you learned in class and while doing homework in your brain. If you are taking an online class, tweak this tip so that you study, do your homework, and review it on consecutive days. Don’t wait until the last minute to do your assignment—study the material, then do your homework, and then review it before it is due.
Research has shown that too much homework is definitely a bad thing. Using these tips will help you finish your homework faster and more efficiently! But of course, if none of these really are working for you, you can always just hire our homework experts to do your homework for you. Now there’s a thought!