No matter what you’re studying, homework is a part of academic life – and it’s something you’re going to have to deal with, like it or not. The grades you earn during your post-secondary career will have an impact on your future career options, so it’s important to do your best on each assignment. This can be tough if homework isn’t something you enjoy, but there are some easy tips that can make doing your homework a lot more fun.
These suggestions will help you stop procrastinating and make it easier for you to buckle down and get your homework done – and even have a good time doing it!
- Have a snack.
Pick a food you love to eat and have some on hand the next time you need to study or work on a major assignment. For each question you answer or paragraph of text you read or write, reward yourself with a bite or a small piece. With this trick, you’ll be done with your work before you know it – and ready to enjoy the rest of your day.
- Take breaks.
Set a timer on your watch or phone, and allow yourself a five or 10 minute break every half hour or 45 minutes. This will help keep you from feeling burned out, and taking that time to watch part of your favorite movie, walk around the house or library, or even just step outside for some fresh air is a great way to reward yourself for the work you’re putting in.
- Work with a friend.
No matter how much you enjoy their company, don’t choose someone you know will just be a distraction. Instead, find someone who is studying the same thing you are, and work as a team. Take turns asking each other questions, proofread each other’s work, and brainstorm ideas together. Not only will this make doing your work a lot more enjoyable, you might even make a new lifelong friend.
- Listen to music.
However, you’ll need to be choosy about what you put on. Something with lyrics, especially lyrics you know by heart, will likely be distracting instead of helpful. Instead, select instrumental music, like classical compositions, or even world music with singing in other languages. The beat and rhythm can help you stay focused on your work, and you’ll be able to tap your toes as you progress through your assignments.
- Find visual resources.
Don’t be afraid to venture beyond your assigned textbook to learn the material – especially if you’re bored, or struggling to understand it. The internet is a great resource to supplement the educational materials you already have, but it’s important to make sure the information you’re finding is accurate. Once you can confirm that you’re using a credible source, find something that can help break down the information in a way you can understand – especially videos that use visuals to make the point more clearly. It’s much easier to stay on task when you know what you’re talking about.