Home schoolwork, including homework assignments and reviews, is stressful for both children and parents. Every day, from first grade to high school, teachers (school or high school) give work to do at home. This is not a punishment, but a condition for success. You have to work fast and well, which is not easy throughout a school year. To work well, it supposes to be organized during the day and the week, to have its material, to be active in class… It is an iron discipline that must be imposed so that the results are at the rendezvous. -you. Learning is not easy, but the fruits of success taste delicious!
Part 1 of 4: Doing Homework at Home
Step 1. Before you get to work, make sure you have everything available
So, when solving a geometry problem, having to go looking at the other end of the apartment for a ruler or protractor is a waste of time and concentration. Before you get down to work, make sure you have everything close at hand so you don't lose your focus, this is essential.
Once installed at your desk, Make sure you don't have to get up before your agreed-upon break.
If you know you're going to be hungry or thirsty, plan ahead before you start. During these fifty minutes of intensive work, nothing should disturb your concentration.
Step 2. Don't get distracted
Turn off any device (phone, computer, console) that could interfere with your concentration. Studying is all about concentrating and if you are disturbed after 10 minutes, you have to do it all over again. If you can't resist the temptation to use your smartphone, hand it over to your parents or lock it in another room.
- In these technologically advanced times, it's not uncommon to see students doing homework all at the same time, glancing at the TV, and chatting quietly on Facebook. Sure, it's fun, but the first victim is definitely what requires the most concentration - homework. Just one watchword: stay focused on what you have to do!
- During a break, you can go roaming social media, but plan for a maximum amount of time and don't do it before doing your homework.
Step 3. Do one thing at a time
If you have multiple jobs to do, start with one, do it right, check it, then move on to the next. This will give you the impression that you are moving forward and will have more freedom for the other exercises. Don’t think about what you have left to do, do your homework in English, then French, then history or in whatever order seems best.
If you stall on one of your homework assignments, you can change jobs to avoid wasting time. During the new job, your brain will work in the background and find the solution.
Step 4. Take breaks
As in middle school or high school where there are breaks every 50 minutes or so, do the same at home. The danger is taking too long breaks. Be honest with yourself and respect both the working time (50 minutes) and the break time (10 minutes).
- Know your pace of work. Some students prefer to do their homework as soon as they get home, so they have the rest of the day to relax. Others prefer to give themselves an hour of beating before they get down to it. Over time, you will see which of these situations best suits your temperament.
- The same goes for the time to spend on each assignment. Some students work very hard without a break, while others work in 20, 30 or 45 minute sequences. There are no rules in this area! Do not forget that you are at the end of the day (the lessons have followed one another).
Step 5. Get back to work quickly
The longer you wait to get back to work after a break, the more difficult it will be to refocus. In fact, the ideal thing to do is to take a break and keep in a little corner of your brain the idea that you are going to have to get back to work.
Studies have shown that concentration rarely exceeds 20 minutes at a stretch, less at the end of the day. Clear your mind for a quarter of an hour, then get back to work to enjoy the next quarter hour
Step 6. Give yourself rewards
“All work deserves pay,” says the popular adage. When you have finished your work, give yourself a moment of pleasure, watching your favorite soap opera, playing a video game, or chatting on social networks.
If you know that you will not be able to work with this presence of your smartphone (or your computer) nearby, give the device to a loved one who will help you keep your word not to use it before you have finished your homework. These finished, show that the job is well done, explain that you have worked seriously and you will be able to find your favorite device with pleasure
Step 7. Take the time you need
Even at home, you have to work, it allows you to consolidate what has been learned during the day or the week. Of course, it is possible to ship the work home, but the results will not be long in coming. You will have bad grades, you will not be able to follow in class and you will fall behind.
Enter into a contract of trust between the person who keeps your "evil" devices (smartphone, game console) and you. She will not return them to you until the job has been done and done well. Thus, there is no point in rushing in order to play as soon as possible. You will then be forced to work quietly … and you will gain
Step 8. Review what you have done
Last job done, don't rush to pack. Before putting away your books and notebooks for the next day, carefully go over the work you have done in search of omissions, syntax or spelling errors, calculation or translation errors, or even forgotten parts … These corrections will prevent you from losing points stupidly during classroom checks.
Part 2 of 4: Planning Your Homework Homework
Step 1. List the work to be done
In order to get everything done on time, correctly and completely, it is often wise to have a regularly updated schedule. The support could be an application for a smartphone, an individual textbook, a simple notebook or even a calendar-type grid that you make yourself or find on the Internet. Once the job is done, remove it from the list.
- When transcribing the assignment, be sure to include the precise nature of the assignment, such as math numbers and pages, German text to read, or geography map to do. If you can't write everything on your sticky note, know where the instructions are.
- Listening in class is a quality that pays off, but good students are often the ones who never relax their attention, especially when homework is given. The correct student takes note of all of the teacher's instructions, such as the due date. He also quickly checks that these assignments are coherent.
Step 2. Know what is being asked of you
Behind every work at home, there is a purpose. Before you go headlong, understand what each assignment or question is all about. So, if you have several exercises to do, start by reading them all carefully, picking out the easiest and the ones that take time. There, some prefer to start with the most difficult, others with the easiest. In fact, it's up to you to estimate how long it takes for each job. It should also be seen whether some homework should not be done before others.
Take advantage of any working range. Don't wait until you get home to get on with your work. In college and high school, if you have an hour of tenure, get ahead in your work. In case of difficulty, you can go see your teacher to ask for help
Step 3. Create a pleasant workspace
Of course, it depends on the person, but most everyone can concentrate best in a quiet space free from noise and outside distractions. Whether you work from home or away from home, you need a place to study, a quiet place. Also plan a small snack and something to quench your thirst from time to time.
- At home, the best is to have your own office, in your own bedroom, with a door that closes to be able to isolate you. But and this is the obligatory counterpart, there are also all these objects that are used for relaxation: the guitar, the game console, the computer … When you work, ignore the rest. As for those who do not have a private space, they will do their homework on a table in a quiet place, in the living room or in the kitchen.
- Outside, the municipal library or the high school CDI are ideal places to work. Silence reigns there and you have at your disposal books, magazines, newspapers. The CDI is perfect at the end of the day, because, if you have to wait for your bus for an hour or two, you will be able to move forward in your work. In elementary school, there are studies (from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.) that allow homework to be done under the supervision of a teacher.
- Change your place of study. This is not a universal rule, but always working in the same place can be counterproductive over time. If possible, try to have two or three places where you know you do well, for example, at home, in the library, and in college or high school.
Step 4. Sort through the work to be done
In the back of your mind you pretty much know what you have to do for the next day or days to come, but it is good at the end of the day to take stock of exactly what is important and urgent to do and in what order. It is also essential to take into account work that takes several days. Not everything is urgent and difficult, it is the combination of all these parameters that will dictate the priority of the work to be accomplished.
- Start with the most difficult. Of course, this is not a rule set in stone, but a question of logic. What is difficult takes time, so you have to start with that, whether it's math, English or life sciences. When this work is done, the rest will seem easier to you and you will have the feeling of having done your duty.
- Always start with urgent homework. So if you have 20 math exercises for tomorrow and 20 pages to read in French for three days from now, you should start with math. Priority requires, even if you prefer French to mathematics!
- Start with the most important. Difficult and important are not interchangeable. So, you may very well have a geometry problem with one or two complex questions, it will take a back seat if at the same time, you have the Baccalaureate blanc de français in three days, while you have not yet seen all of them. your texts.
Step 5. Make a schedule
You have identified all the work to be done at the end of the day, it is now necessary, with the habit that you have acquired over the weeks, to assess the time it is desirable (and possible) to devote to each of this work.. Everything must fit into the time you have without sacrificing any of them, this supposes having also worked the previous days so as not to be overwhelmed.
- Provide an alarm (smartphone or alarm clock). It’s stressful, of course, but this will get you to work faster and it will force your brain to work faster, in short, to be more efficient. Of course, if you haven't finished the current assignment you can give yourself a little more time, but be aware that this will be at the expense of other homework, unless you finish later.
- Know how long it takes you to complete this or that assignment. So, if you see that math takes 45 minutes on average, plan to have that time if you practice in that subject. Since you are not a robot, instead allow an hour to take a quarter-hour break halfway through.
- Plan a ten-minute break per hour of work. We are all the same, the brain cannot store knowledge continuously for hours, you have to relax regularly in order to be as efficient as possible.
Part 3 of 4: Save time to get ahead with your work
Step 1. Don't waste a minute
It's always easy to find a reason not to get down to business as soon as possible. It has been a long day at school, of course, but you also have to do your homework when you get home. All the time you spend playing or doing nothing will be fatally missed at one point or another. How can you have enough time to do your homework? Start them as soon as possible.
- Is that hour (or more) that you spend in front of the television or the computer on your way home from class really necessary? Often times, homework is a continuation of what has been done in class, so it's smart to do it when the knowledge is still fresh in your mind, otherwise you'll have to review your grades first before moving on to the actual homework.
- If you have a job due in three days, don't wait until the last moment to do it. From day one, estimate the work that needs to be done. Start the job as soon as possible and consider that if you have been given such a deadline, it is because the job needs to be dealt with within that period of time. Also, don't hesitate to get up a little earlier or go to bed a little later, without affecting your sleep too much.
Step 2. Hunt for downtime
You don't realize it, seeing that you're in the hustle and bustle of life, but throughout the day, but there are plenty of little downsides that you can use more effectively. If the return by bus is a bit long, take the opportunity to move forward. It's not always calm, but by putting headphones in your ears, you can isolate yourself to revise your irregular verbs in Spanish or your history lesson the next day. If your trip is short, take the opportunity to draw up your work schedule to apply when you get home.
- School buses are always a little noisy, but as the miles go they empty and if you live at the end of the line then you have the option of moving forward doing something that doesn't require too much concentration. Put on your headphones and read the French text several times to which the questions relate. Once you arrive home, you can start the questions directly, some of which have even been the subject of your reflection.
- As we said, the return by bus can be taken advantage of. After the start-up moment, once you are well installed, what is it that prevents you, if you have classmates next to you, from starting to do this or that math exercise for the next day? It is not a question of copying, but of seeking together the solution to the exercise. Collaboration is useful work for later. And who knows, maybe you'll make some real friends!
Step 3. Optimize your time at school
In middle school as in high school, there are often "gaps" in the timetables, those periods when you do not have lessons for one or two hours, a teacher may also be absent, you have time to spare. time of the midday meal. Take the opportunity to relax, but also to move forward in your work. Three or four hours saved in the week and this will allow you, for example, to free yourself on Wednesday afternoon to play sports.
These little free times, especially those in the morning (on the bus, before class resumes), should not be used to finish a job at the last moment. A job finished right in front of the teacher collecting the copies is the worst effect. Experience shows that these are usually bad homework. Working at the last moment means mistakes and sloppy homework
Step 4. Take advantage of all the free time
So, if you know that you will have to wait an hour for your little brother to finish his judo training, take the opportunity to move forward by taking your equipment with you. The argument that the days are not long enough is misleading. If you think about it carefully, you will see that there is plenty of downtime in a day that could be used to get you going.
In a day, there are many times when you are not doing anything useful. As long as you wait (your little brother coming out of school, your friend who has to come home …), use this free time as much as possible to get ahead. Find a job suited to this waiting time. Put together, all these little moments of work keep you ahead
Part 4 of 4: Asking for help with homework
Step 1. Ask your teacher for help
Because you do your homework ahead of time, you quickly spot problems. In this case, the first instinct is to talk to your teacher who is in the best position to resolve the situation, since he was the one who gave the work. Of course, you will have, on your side, done some research, what you tell your teacher. He will immediately see where the problem is and without giving you the answer, he will give you a new avenue of research. Few teachers leave their students without solutions… but it exists!
- Getting help is not a sign of laziness or imbecility, on the contrary, it is a sign of intelligence. You haven't understood a lesson and instead of skipping hours without moving forward, you want help understanding and going further. Any teacher is happy to receive a student who asks for help to progress.
- Asking for help has nothing to do with your intelligence or your capacity for work, you just get stuck, sometimes by a detail. What good is spending hours on an exercise if you can't do it! However, getting help means doing your homework in advance, otherwise the day before the report, no one, teacher, relative or friend, will be able to help you.
Step 2. Get help from your establishment
Some primary schools, colleges and high schools desire the success of their students and for this, they have set up support hours, tutors to help students who are experiencing academic difficulties. Check with educational advisers and supervisors whether such a device exists in your establishment and under what conditions.
- If nothing is institutionally planned in your school, know that there are homework support structures outside of the school setting. They can come from priority education, the city, private companies (paying) or voluntary associations that will help you for free or in exchange for a membership form. Some libraries also offer homework help sessions.
- Again, asking for help does not prove that you are incapable or lazy. When you are lost in the street, in a store or in a library, what do you do? You ask for help. The same goes for homework. Studying is never easy and sometimes there are momentarily insurmountable obstacles on the road. So there is no shame in asking for a helping hand … in revenge!
Step 3. Work in a group
This is especially true in college and even more so in high school. Associate with a few classmates (or not), preferably with students who each have a strong point and a weak point: this will make the exchanges more fruitful. And who knows, maybe you'll make lifelong friends!
Working in a group does not mean that the gifted student does the required work and that the others copy: it would be counterproductive. Working well in a group means exposing all the problems at the start of the session and those who can explain the difficulties do so, the others listen and do their homework. Each one goes there from his writing. What do you think a teacher would do if she ended up with three or four identical copies?
Step 4. Call on those around you
It could be your parents, older siblings. Everyone has been there and knows what it is to be stuck on a job: solidarity always plays a role. Again, this is not about doing it at the last moment, because those around you have obligations and are not always available when you need them. Anticipate!
- Your parents may be helpless in front of your request. Don't let that prevent you from soliciting them. Failing to provide you with the solution, they will explain it to you differently and perhaps the light will shine in your mind. Either way, it's up to you to do the job, not your parents.
- Asking your parents for help is helpful with one small downside. They learned in their own way, 20 or 30 years ago and since then the methods of learning have changed. If they are able to give you the answer, chances are the methods will not be right. In this case, it is best to review the lesson (course and manual) with your parent before doing the work. If you do not succeed, then the best recourse is your teacher who will resolve the situation.
- If you are sick, ask a classmate to teach you the lesson and homework so you don't fall behind.
- Find a place in the house where you can work in peace. Make sure you have good lighting, in short, to be well installed.
- Don't go to bed too late, you should get at least nine to ten hours of sleep per night. Eat properly so that you are at your peak intellectual capacity. Having slept well, you will be more attentive in class. Avoid chatting on social media until late at night!
- In class, participate, answer, ask questions. Make a note of everything that seems important to you and write well so that you can find your way around when it comes time to revise.
- When dealing with a topic, highlight the keywords so you don't miss the topic, which will get you a bad grade.
- On weekends, if you have work to do on Monday, get up early to do your homework. This will give your brain a rest and, since you are done by noon, you will have the whole afternoon to rest or play sports.
- It's all about the dosage. Do not rush your work to go faster, you will have catastrophic results. Conversely, do not spend too much time on your homework because you need other activities (sports, reading …) that will allow you to have a harmonious life.
- If you had a very long homework assignment, which was difficult, if possible, try to break it down into small tasks (for example, do questions 1 to 3, then, later, 4 to 6) so as not to saturate and do not get discouraged.
- Always do your homework as it comes in, you won't be working in a rush, so wrong!
- Always prepare your school bag the night before. Thus, you will avoid forgetting the homework to be returned or the manuals to be taken. It always hurts not to hand in your work on time or not to have your material.
- Forgetting to return homework always hurts. You will always be suspected, even if you have, of being a flank. And you might well end up with some extra work to do, which, you see, isn't a very good calculation. Be responsible, do and return the work requested on time!
- Always finish the work in progress, because if you are questioned you will get a bad grade and the work will have to be completed anyway. It is never a good calculation.