Handling the Homework
How to Take Control:You may not realize it when it's 2 am and you're memorizing the periodic table, but homework is a good thing. It helps you:
- practice what you've learned during the day
- establish study habits that will be critical in college
- prepare for your next class session (how many of us do that?)
- get a feel for whether you are understanding the stuff your learning in class
Here are some tips to get more out of it:
Set the moodCreate a good study area with all the stuff you need (for example, a dictionary). If you don't have a quiet place at home, try the school or local library.
Know where to beginMake a prioritized list of everything you need to do, so you can't use "I don't know where to start" as an excuse. Just don't overschedule yourself. Without some flexibility, you'll set yourself up to fail.
Study at the same time every dayEven if you don't have homework, use the time to review notes. Sound crazy? Think about it. If homework is something you accept as part of your day, you'll approach it with less dread. Plus, you'll become a pro at using time productively.
Keep things in perspectiveKnow how much weight each assignment or test carries, and use your time accordingly.
Get more involvedEver feel like you can't stay awake to read something, let alone process it? To keep your mind from wandering, take notes, underline sections, discuss topics with others, or relate your homework to what you're studying in another class.
Organize the informationPeople process information in different ways. Some people like to draw pictures or charts to digest information, other people like to read out loud or make detailed outlines. Do whatever works for you.
Take advantage of any free timeIf you have a study hall, or a long bus ride, use the time to review notes, prepare for an upcoming class, or start your homework.
Study with a friendUnless it's too distracting, get together with friends and classmates to quiz yourself, compare notes, and predict test questions.
Celebrate your achievementsReward yourself for hitting milestones, or doing something well. For example, finished your first draft? Get a snack. Got an 'A' on a paper? You're never too old to put it on the refrigerator.
If you have concerns about the amount or type of homework you have, talk to your parents, teacher, adviser, or counselor. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
Reference: The College Board
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