Great Homework Habits
1. Don’t do all of your studying at one time. If you try to “cram” the information into your brain, you’ll get tired and your studying will not help. Take breaks, group your material, and study MORE often for LESS time.
2. Choose a study time. This is anytime you are completing homework, reading materials, reviewing notes, and doing other school tasks. If you set a certain time each day that you will do this, studying will become easier because it will be a part of your routine.
3. Stick to your study time! When you have a set time window to study within each day, you know when to start and when to stop. It will become like sleeping and eating: a normal part of your day.
4. Set a goal for your study time. Look at assignments and readings. Ask yourself: What is due soonest? What should I get a head start on? Be sure that you know what you want to accomplish to make good use of your time.
5. Check your assignment notebook at the beginning of study time. If you are sure that you have no assignments due the following school day, look ahead. Are there things you can start? Are there vocabulary words to review? Was there something that you didn’t understand that you should reread, review, or research?
6. Work on your hardest assignment first. Since this will take the most effort and brainpower, get it over with before you are exhausted from other work.
7. Review the directions and notes before starting an assignment. This will ensure that you complete the assignment correctly and do not make extra work for yourself. It also could make the assignment easier by refreshing your memory and reviewing knowledge.
8. Do not take phone calls and texts during your study time. When we are interrupted, it is hard to remember what we were thinking and what we were working on. Turn off your cell phone until you are finished working, or at least silence it.
9. Get at least one classmate’s phone number. This way you can call a friend and ask for help or clarification if you are confused, forgot your assignment notebook, or encounter others problems. You may also wish to email your teacher; remember though, teachers have families and friends too. If you wait too late, your teacher may not reply in time.
10. Review assignments and readings on Sunday. Of course you should enjoy your weekends! Rest. Relax. Have fun. However by reviewing your notes for twenty brief minutes, you start the school week with a fresh understanding of where we have left off.