Homework is no fun, especially if you’ve got a full schedule. You only have a little bit of time and a little bit of energy. And it takes so long to get through it.
Not anymore. We’ve got some helpful hacks for you that will make doing your homework faster and less painful.
1. Plan Your Homework and Make a List
When you start your homework, you’ll probably jump right into the first thing on your mind or the first thing you pull out of your backpack, then work your way through the rest of your assignments. There’s a better way.
Figure out how much time you have to do homework, then list out all the different tasks that you have to do. Estimate how long it will take to complete each assignment to see if you need to allow yourself more time. Be realistic. Once your list is complete you can work straight through instead of stopping frequently to figure out what to do next. It will also be extremely gratifying to cross things off after each assignment you finish!
2. Get Out All the Books and Supplies You Need
While you’re working, you discover you need a calculator, you need a certain book, you need a new pencil, you ran out of paper… the list can go on.
Since you’ve now identified all your assignments, figure out everything you need to get each item done and bring it to your workspace so it’s there when you need it.
3. Find a Quiet Place to Work Without Distractions
Speaking of workspace, you probably prefer doing your homework in front of the TV, but that can actually be the biggest distraction of all. Sitting in front of the TV is probably slowing you down, making homework time seem much longer that it actually is.
Find a place that’s quiet, with as few distractions and clutter possible. Remember, the faster you get it done, the faster you can get back to fully enjoying Netflix.
4. Turn Off Your Phone
We know this is probably the last thing you want to hear. How can you live without your phone? But for a couple hours, its totally worth it. Every time you get a notification and check your phone, it breaks your focus. It then takes more brain power to get back on track to what you were working on.
5. Listen to Classical Music While Working
We know what you’re thinking… Classical music? Seriously?
However, classical music is great for background audio. There aren’t any lyrics or beats to distract your focus. And research has shown that students who listen to classical music score higher on tests than students who listen to other genres of music. So find some good classical playlist on Spotify, then celebrate with Queen Bey when you’re done.
6. Eat Snacks and Drink Water
At the end of a long day, you may be mentally and physically tired. If you go straight into homework it may take you a long time to finish and it won’t be your best work.
Having some light healthy snacks and drinking plenty of water helps revitalize your brain and body. Avoid soda, energy drinks, or sugary snacks that will only make you crash before you’re done.
7. Take Short Breaks in Between Homework Tasks
If you have a lot to do, you may feel the pressure to just work straight through hours and hours of homework. But this will likely end up slowing you down, prolonging the entire session.
Do your work in short sprints. Go hard at a task, then take a quick break to stretch and walk around. It’ll re-energize your mind and body to keep going. For starters, try working for 25 minutes, then taking a 5-minute break.
8. Reward Yourself After You’re Finished
Homework isn’t always fun. But negativity can slow you down.
Our brains work off of reward systems. If you give yourself a reward when finishing your homework, it makes it a lot easier to start your homework the next time and you’ll get through it faster. Rewards could be being able to watch a show, eat ice cream, play a game, or going out and doing something fun.
Now that you’ve got all these tips, go get your homework done faster than ever before. It may be hard at first, but keep using these tips and it’ll get easier as you go.
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How to do homework fast: 10 helpful tips
Even though many students dislike homework, teachers still assign it. Many students have homework every single night. When students are busy with after-school jobs, caring for family members, or attending athletic practices, they do not always have enough time to complete their homework assignments. In order to complete assignments and still have time to fit everything in, here are 10 helpful tips:
- Use your computer. If your teacher gives you a handout to complete, answer the questions on your computer. Most people type faster than they write, so you will be able to answer the questions faster.
- Find a spot where you can work. Distractions, like mobile phones, televisions, and other people, can get in the way of completing homework quickly. Finding a distraction-free area is one step to finishing faster.
- Start your work at school. Many teachers give students some free time at the end of class. Instead of talking to students or lining up at the door, spend that time starting on your homework. Those extra five minutes can make a big difference, especially if you have five extra minutes six times each day.
- Turn off your mobile. Phones are extremely distracting. If you do not need it for your homework, then turn it off and leave it somewhere else in your home. Whatever texts pop up when you are working can wait until you are finished.
- Have your materials handy. Your workspace should be stocked with paper, pens, a calculator, and other necessary items. You do not need to waste time if everything you need is in arm’s reach.
- Dedicate time each day. Even if you do not have any homework, you can still dedicate some time to improving your learning. Read a book or write in a journal, but do something each day so you build a routine for each day.
- Know who can help. If you know your dad is better at math, then do not go to you mom for math help. If your dad cannot spell, do not waste your time asking him how to spell.
- Record your assignments. It does not matter if you use a mobile phone or a paper planner, do not try to memorize your assignments. If you record them in your calendar, you can easily access them at home and you do not have to waste time calling someone for the assignment.
- Hire someone to complete your work. If you do this, you will not need to do any of your homework. You might need a job to be able to pay for all of those assignments, but they will get done.
- Time yourself. Use a timer to see how long it takes you to complete your homework. Then, the next night, give yourself a minute less to get your work done. Continue dropping a minute or another interval each night and see how much faster you get.