There is no doubt that the school system and the level of work changes for a student as they progress from middle school to high school and eventually in to college. One thing that you can rest assured will always stay the same, is the tradition of homework. Homework is a staple of education from a young age. While you might be able to form a fitting routine for completing all of your assignments in high school, the task of finishing all out of class work once you get to college can start to become a lot more difficult.
This is down to a number of factors including
- the raised intellectual level of the work
- the sheer amount of work
- the stricter deadlines
- the simple fact that college students have a new level of independence and social life freedom that can often distract from the tasks at hand.
If you are a college student looking for some homework tips to make your life a lot easier, then read on for some of our best advice.
1. Don’t Leave It Late
One of the worst things that you can do is leave your homework to the last minute. It ruins your schedule and can make your academic life much harder. It can be tempting to wait until the eleventh hour and enjoy the in-between time, but before you know it, you will have four or five separate deadlines coming at you with very little time to do anything. Try to get in to the habit of doing a piece of homework as soon as you get back to your dorm, preferably on the day that it has been set. Doing this means that projects won’t start to build up in to a queue. You will also find that your stress levels are greatly reduced.
2. Form A Study Group
Are you the kind of person who tends to procrastinate and lets their mind wander when you are working alone? It might be a good idea to form a study group with fellow class members. Set times and dates to get together to help and encourage each other to get your homework done. You would be surprised by just how different a work session can be when you are in the presence of other students. The atmosphere is lot more ‘professional’ and the temptation to switch off and be distracted by things like social media is reduced.
3. Restrict Social Media
And speaking of social media, you need to be strict with yourself. Make a rule that you are only allowed to check your Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram etc. pages once you have completed all of your work for the day. Social media is a huge procrastination tool for all students. It is beneficial to change your relationship with the platforms and start to see them as a reward for work done rather than a reason for work not done. Trust us! Browsing Facebook is much more fun when you know you don’t have homework to finish later on!
4. Ask For Help
If you are failing to complete your homework simply because you are struggling with the subject matter, there’s a simple answer. Ask your teachers for help. After all, that is what they are there for! A teacher will be much more willing to encourage and forgive a student who has come to them for help for unfinished homework than a student who hasn’t expressed their problems and just decided not to hand in any assignments. Alternatively, you can also ask classmates for help. They might be able to share some notes with you that will help you to understand the topic better.
5. Take Notes In Class
Just turning up and being present in class isn’t enough to ensure that you can complete homework to a high standard. You should aim to take as many important notes in class as you can. These will be the main source of research that you can look back to when you are trying to do all of your homework assignments. The more notes you have, the easier it is going to be to put together assignments when your teacher isn’t present.