Today, students receive much more homework than they did just a decade ago. And it looks as though the amount will continue to increase in the coming years, meaning that students are going to have to find new ways to deal with their assignments efficiently. We’ve talked to several academic experts and have developed these simple but effective strategies to completing homework without much effort:
The further you advance in school the more difficult your assignments will become. If you aren’t on top of your due dates you’re going to find yourself in a lot of trouble real quickly.
One of the best ways to stay organized is to invest in a weekly assignment journal or planner in which you can write down and keep track of all of your assignments. You should make it a habit to check this every day and spend some time at the beginning of each week reviewing the content. Learn how to effectively use the calendar so that you can arrange all of your assignments. Use tabs and highlighters to put emphasis on the most important information.
Review your assignments each night and prioritize them in order of importance. Students can rarely afford the luxury of getting through the easiest assignments first when they are so often behind schedule when it comes to the more difficult or most important ones.
You should aim to get the latter ones completed first, especially if they are due the following day. Ideally, you’ll plan for this at the beginning of the week so that you don’t leave a difficult assignment to complete in a single night. Break up the assignment into several tasks and make sure you work on a piece of that assignment each night, keeping it high on your priority list.
It’s difficult to get your assignments done when you are surrounded by a number of distractions. Everything from cell phones to computers to televisions to radios can be highly distracting. For this reason, you should find or create a dedicated study space where you can do your work without interruption. Your space should be completely cleared of any clutter, leaving you plenty of surface areas for your notes, textbooks, and any other material you need to complete the work.
Finally, it is a good idea to review each completed section of your assignment before moving on to the next. This aids tremendously in keeping your mind focused and in improving your ability to retain and recall information. Don’t rush through this process. After completing any one of your tasks take a few minutes reviewing the content, double-checking your work, and taking note of the areas that gave you the most trouble. You will likely need some of this information in the next section, so don’t just gloss over it.
" One of the biggest distractions students have to combat when working on long assignments is hunger. It’s a good idea to work on a full stomach when possible, but you are still bound to get a little hungry throughout the evening. Instead of having to get up every few minutes to search for food, prepare some healthy snacks beforehand and keep them at your desk. We stress “healthy” because sugar-filled snacks will lead to spike in energy followed by a crash. This can be detrimental to your homework efforts. You should also aim to take regular breaks through the evening "