Homework. It’s the bane of every high-school student’s existence. Unfortunately, as much as we may hate it, homework is inevitably something we all have to buckle down and do if we hope to succeed in high school. So, instead of viewing homework as our enemy, let’s embrace it. Here are some ideas I’ve put into use to help make homework time a bit more enjoyable.
If I find myself studying in a cramped and crowded area, I start to feel claustrophobic – as if I’m drowning in paper – and it becomes very difficult to finish my work. Having a spacious and comfortable study and homework area helps put my body at ease and helps to take my mind off the fact that I’m working on a strictly academic assignment.
Doing bits of work each day gives you a drastically better result than panicking at the last minute. When I plan out my studying, I feel much more in control of my workload and I end up being more prepared by the project’s due date or the test day.
There are occasions when I find studying in a group is far better than studying from a textbook all alone. I like being able to share my thoughts aloud and hear everyone else’s opinions and ideas about a certain topic. Plus, I retain information better when comparing notes with my peers.
Sometimes, having an adult teach us material makes us high-school students feel like we’re in the midst of another lecture. If you’re having trouble with a particular assignment or subject, try turning to a peer tutor. It’s often easier to deal with a person around the same age.
There is something about using fun stationary and supplies that is so satisfying. As silly as it may sound, I find when I use my favourite pencils and pens that I feel more comfortable and happy with the work that I have produced. So go on, buy that fancy pen!
Create a game to help you study and retain information. I often use flash cards, but you can get even more creative by coming up with a song or a jingle to help you remember your study material in a more relaxing way. During the test, quietly recite the song to yourself to prompt your memory.
Treat yourself to your favourite snack after a long study session or reward yourself with a get-together with friends. It’s important to recognize a job well done, and I find looking forward to that next reward is a great motivator to work even harder.
Although doing homework may seem like a pain sometimes, there are ways to make it fun. I hope you find these tips useful.