Anyone of us who has ever been to college knows how challenging it may be at times to get through these years. There is always so much to do and to deal with – you have to keep up with all the academic assignments, while also sparing some time to socialize with friends and family, to earn some money for your rent, sustenance, and/or tuition, and whatnot. All these activities often become so overwhelming that you find yourself facing more tasks than you know you can accomplish.
However, the situation is not as hopeless as it may seem. All you need to do is to make your studying process less chaotic and bring some management to your time, workplace, etc. Here are a few more detailed tips on how to deal with your homework more productively.
Plan your days and set aside fixed amounts of time for studying
This may seem a no-brainer, but the truth is that students often fail to accomplish certain amounts of work not because of lack of time as such. It is often largely due to the fact that the periods of time that a student ends up allocating for a particular task are irregular – in the early hours of the day when you hardly got enough sleep to be productive, or in an evening when you happen to have no plans of socializing, etc. This all stops you from performing to the fullest while doing your homework, and you end up spending more time on the same task than you would, had it been a little more organized.
It is much more effective to schedule a fixed amount of hours of the day on homework. In other words, make your homework into one of your everyday cores, and you will be surprised at the results!
Get rid of distractions
Many of us are used to having a TV or some music on while we are doing our homework. Some of us may claim that it does not distract us too much and has no notable effect on our performance. Nevertheless, we cannot but agree that these are all distractions, and – hence – keeping them in the picture is counterproductive.
Remember that these few hours that you have allocated for studying today – are indeed for studying. So, no other activities should be involved during this time, even if you think that their effect is minimal. For example, you can count how many times during your homework hours you slide-to-unlock your phone without any particular reason or purpose. So, it is another distraction that should be put aside for these few hours.
Many of us still see the studying process as simply burying our noses in books, expecting that the time we spend will magically translate into accomplished homework assignments, better understanding of subject, better grades, etc. Unfortunate as it is, it will not. To make your studying time effective, this process needs to be conscious and well-planned.
However, it is not as complicated as it sounds. A conscious studying process may involve such simple activities as employing some special scan-reading techniques, highlighting the most important sections in your textbook, making flashcards, etc.
Basically, planning your homework time comes down to knowing what exactly you need to do to get that homework done.
Be involved in class
Another widespread tendency among college students is that classes are not necessary to attend. However, that fact that you don’t get punished directly for missing class once or twice does not mean that they are unnecessary. Quite the contrary, classes are designed to facilitate your studies, and the money you pay for tuition goes to the professors whose job it is to assist you. This means that a missed class is a missed opportunity. To be more specific, classroom activities are all about getting a better idea of the subject, asking questions if anything is unclear to you, making comments, taking part in discussions – all those things that you have to do alone and unassisted (if you miss class).
It does not take great effort to implement these tips, but you will see that they are quite helpful not only for improving your homework but also for spending less time on it and sparing more time for your other activities.