- Put the hardest homework at the top of your list. Why? Well, this allows you to kick it up a notch! You can start, move on, and then continue re-thinking it (starting gives it a place in the "depths" of your mind -- an inventive part of your mind) and then going back to it, to do more, so you won't get too bogged down, but it will have priority for the subconscious mind to work on it! See, you don't have to get stuck in that problem -- that might take all of your time:
Do a quick effort; make it a worthwhile try, then go onward to less demanding homework. Later, going back -- and seeing how you can improve the first one with fresh bits and pieces.
Open "secret back-channels" -- just starting, even if you have to come back to finish, gets your creativity to kick in (this gets dark recesses of your mind to really work for you!). Creative juices can be inspiring, refreshing, helpful!
Break it down. Make piecework; quickly overview the topic: scan!
~ Read headings, intro, maps, charts, pictures, captions, bold or italic lettering, footnotes, and chapter summaries to get ideas and perspectives/angles for ideas to start yourself thinking.
~ Begin your answer to each problem and essay question, by doing parts! How? Make a first sentence or step, do any logical, little bits and bites (go step-by-step).
~ Add a second thought/step and another -- each flowing from the previous one. Going one phrase or sentence at a time makes it possible to write or do something.
~ Skip some lines, to leave room to fill in later -- if you need to move on to another area.
To re-kick-start an answer: Read what you have already written/or have done to check it, and see what flows from there', to lead your thinking to your next thought/step, and so on.
- Take advantage of any holidays or vacations that may be coming near as a motivator. On a Thursday, remind yourself that it is almost the weekend, and the moment this homework assignment is done you'll be one moment closer. Remember that Thanksgiving, winter break, or summer break is nearing, and the moment your homework is done you can enjoy it to its fullest.
- Think of it this way: if you procrastinate, you're spending time worrying about the task in addition to the time you actually do it. If you just take action and complete it as soon as you think of it, then you'll have more time to relax.
Work smarter, not harder. A fried brain absorbs little information. Break up your homework time into chunks. Take regular breaks. Set a timer; take a five to ten minute break for each hour you study. Get up, stretch, and move around. Drink water and eat a little fruit: water will refresh your system, and half an apple provides a better effect than a sugary energy drink.
Think of the consequences. What will happen, if you don't do your homework? Will you get a bad grade? Will your teacher be disappointed in you? If none of these things seem to apply to you, remember that homework is to help you learn, which everyone ultimately wants. In the real world, knowledge helps you master the rules of the game.
Think of the benefits. What will happen, if you do your homework? You'll probably get a good grade. Your teacher will appreciate your efforts. You have learned a great deal, and you'd be paving your way for a better life simply by putting your pencil to paper! Putting yourself in a positive state will reap in the benefits and ultimately surge you with the energy and hope to focus back on your work, and even enjoy what you're doing!
Find a place with less distraction. Set up your special study place. No friends, television, or other potential distractions should be present. Your homework place should also have a hard surface, like a table, to write on. If you need to do some of your homework on a computer, as many high school students do, make sure to avoid chat programs, unrelated websites, etc. If you have difficulty keeping focused, or awake, consider doing your homework at the library, at a table with some amount of foot traffic passing by it. The quiet atmosphere will help you focus, the surrounding mild activity will help keep you from falling asleep, and if you get stuck, there are those helpful librarians and references.
- Don't go on a cleaning binge as a way to procrastinate. Focus only on where you'll be working, and leave it at that.
Find a homework partner. Make sure this person isn't one of your crazy friends who'll distract you. Find someone to sit with who is quiet and focused. This will help you feel comfortable working, because someone else is working along with you. Just be sure not to end up talking more than working.
Create your own learning method. Everybody learns at their own pace and uses different methods to help memorize the material. Some find walking helpful, while others like to listen to music while they study. Whatever it is, experiment until you find something that seems to work well for you.
Listen to some quiet music (optional). Listening to music and studying does not work for everyone. If you are going to listen to music, try to listen to classical music or instrumental songs. Or if classical isn't for you, just pick quiet songs that you don't know, and start working, so you don't get caught up in the words.
Exercise briefly during each study break. It will help relieve tension, clear your mind, help you focus and make you feel awake. For example, walk around, stretch, do jumping jacks, or jog in place.
Make a routine. A routine will get you into doing homework as a habit. Schedule times and days so you are totally organized as to what you're doing this week, the next, and even the week afterwards. Surprises will occur, but at the very least, you know what you're doing!
- Put your phone, computer, and anything else that might distract you far from your reach. Then stay in a quiet room where you know you won't get distracted. Keep a timer for every 30 minutes to an hour, so you know how long you've been working and can still keep track of time.
Prioritize. Divide your homework according to your ability in the subject. If you're not so good, do it first. If it's an easy assignment, take a break and do it in 15 minutes or so, then get working again! If it's a long-term project, do it last. Not that it's not as important, but you need to save your time for the things with near-due-dates.
Get some success: you might prefer to get one or two easy tasks over-with at the start of a homework session, saving the hard stuff for last. Diving right into the hard stuff can be discouraging, and studies show that many people learn well when they start with easier material and work up to the harder stuff. Getting a few easy tasks done quickly can remind you of how good it feels to be productive. Some people, however are more motivated to dig into the hardest stuff first. It will make the rest seem like a breeze. Find out what works best for you.
Use simpler problems to find the steps to do harder solutions. Most problems can be broken down into simpler problems. That's a key to try on most math and science work and exams.
So what are you waiting for, get to your homework!!
While we're stuck listening to boring lectures, writing papers, and studying for tests, it seems that college will never end.
Then we get together with our squad for a night out and we never want college to end.
It feels like a constant back and forth; "Yes, I'm ready to start a real life and make some real money, I'm so tired of doing homework" or "No, I can't go out in the real world I'm not ready, can I just live off my parents forever?!"
As I'm finishing up my junior year and I look back on my freshmen year, it seems like it was forever ago. Freshmen year me imagined junior year me as so much more grown up, put together, and professional...and well it necessarily isn't like that.
Yes, I have done quite a bit of growing up over the past couple years, and I've got a few things in my life figured out, but I'm still just as nervous as entering the real world as I was when I was a freshman.
TBH I love college and I wish my parents would let me mess around and spend a few more years here, but that's just not it works.
The idea that I only have one more year to make the most of college is becoming more and more of a looming thought. And by the time it all ends, I'd like to think I'll be pretty set to get out into the world.
So whether you're a freshman, sophomore, junior, or a senior, these are the things I think everyone should at least do once before graduating to make the most of your four (or more) years!
Yeah, you can tailgate the rest of your life, but it's not as sweet or reckless as tailgating while in college! Be young, get loud and rowdy, and be the life of the tailgate!
2. Go to a frat party
Greek life is something that is so unique to American colleges, Greek life is literally a phenomenon to the rest of the world. So yeah, frat guys may not be your type of guy, but might as well see what all the hype is about. TBH after you try it once, that will probably enough for a lifetime.
3. Skip a class or two
Take some personal health days, relax, sleep in, catch up on your Netflix show! I swear, there is nothing greater than not having to get up for your 9 a.m. for once!
4. Explore every building on campus
By the time you are an upperclassman, you really only attend classes in a couple of buildings, and it feels as if you live in those buildings. But see what else you campus has to offer, find a new study space! You'll probably end up surprised finding things you never imagined your school had.
5. Join clubs
Universities always have some kind of club fair, and it is always advertised in a really cheesy way, still go to them! Join clubs related to your major and clubs related to your interests! Plus, putting that you're in clubs looks great on a resume.
6. Build relationships with your professors
This will not only be useful while you're taking your class, but it will be beneficial while you take other classes, when you are looking for internships, and finally getting out into the real world. As hard as professors can be on students, they really do want to see us succeed!
7. Go to sports games
Whether your football team is good or bad, whether the basketball team is good or bad or whatever sport, go to a few different sports games. Go and support your school, actually watch and be a part of their games! Again, there is nothing like cheering on your school while you're in school, and you'll never get an opportunity like it again!
8. Road trip
Take a little weekend vacation to the next state over! Go to a national park a couple hours away! Grab your friends and get in a car and hit the road! Once you're out of college and in the real world we won't always have the freedom to just drive off for a few days.
9. Girl's or guy's night in
Spend some quality time together, eat a ton of food, these are the kind of night you'll leave college remembering!
10. Girl's or guy's night out
You may not always remember the nights you went out, but you'll remember having a great time!
11. Pull an all-nighter at the library
Because nothing says living the college life like staying up all night at the library, cramming for a test or project.