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Homework help: organizing your working process

Homework is a large portion of the work that you have to do for school. You will more than likely have homework in most classes every day. It is one of the many assessment tools that your teachers use to see how well you are understanding the concepts that they are teaching you. It will more than likely directly correlate to the concepts that are being taught in class.

You have had to deal with homework since first grade, so you have probably set up a process that you use to get your assignments done for the next school day. As you progress in school, you may start to find that these methods are no longer effective. Either you are taking way too long to get your assignments completed or you just don’t feel as successful. You may just need to organize your working process. Here are some ways to get more organized and get those assignments done quicker.

Use a planner

If you aren’t already using a planner, start using one. It is a great way to give yourself an idea of how much time you will need to complete your homework as the day progresses. That way if you have any assignments that are not due the next day, you can try to decide if you should put them off because you have a lot of work to do. If you have one paper due Wednesday and one due Friday and you have a game on Thursday, you may want to start working on the one essay early so that you have time to work on the second one on Wednesday because Thursday you will be at the game.

Create a work space

There should be someplace like a desk or table that you do your homework every day. This is your work space. It should be clutter free and distraction free, so that you can concentrate on your homework. Stock this space with the essentials that you may need like a dictionary or a calculator.

Designate a time

There should be a routine in which you come home from school, grab a snack, and get to your homework. You would want to designate a certain time every day to completing your homework. If you have no homework due for the next day but you have a few assignments due later in the week, utilize at least an hour of this time to starting one of these assignments. Just make it a habit to always doing something productive for school during this time period. It could just be to study for an upcoming exam or cleaning out your binders.

Take breaks

When you have a huge stack of homework in front of you, be sure to take breaks. You will need to take a break or two when you are working because it will help you remain concentrated and full of energy. Make a plan to complete some of your assignments and then to take a break. Go get a snack. Take a walk. Just do anything to get up from your work area and get your mind off of the assignments. This will help you start again more focused and you will end up completing the assignments faster and doing better on them.

When you reorganize your working process, completing homework is not such a chore. You will find ways to get it done quicker and more efficient. Having a plan in place to get it done not only keeps you focused but it gives you some milestones that you can celebrate once you complete them.

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