Homework!! The word is perhaps the most yuckiest one in the dictionary of kids like you. Many of you even consider homework to be a unique way devised by your teachers and parents to keep you immured or even to punish you. But the fact is that homework is in essence, an extension of what you learn in school. It helps you to revise your lessons and also helps you to understand how much of the classroom lectures you have been able to grasp. It encourages discipline and a sense of responsibility. Trust me, homework is no big deal. What you have to do is simply follow certain guidelines and see how even the most boring thing in the world becomes a thing of the past.
Set some time aside for your homework. Make it a habit to sit with your homework regularly at the assigned time. Even if you don't have any homework, make sure you read a book or engage yourself in some activities that will help you whet your academic skills.
You need a quiet and clutter-free place where you think you can concentrate. Put your t.v and music system off to make sure there are no distractions. That way you can be really fast in finishing off your homework and the chances of it's being accurate is increased.
Make it your responsibility to be well supplied with paper, pencils, note pads, notebook paper, et cetera.
If you are facing some serious problems with your homework or with a particular subject, don't shy away from it. Before you lag behind, speak up. You can talk about it openly with your parents or your teachers. While your teacher can help you deal with a specific assignment, your parents can give more generalised but equally useful advice.
Make sure you don't get bogged down by your homework. This will only aggravate your dislike for a subject. Take a break of 5-15 minutes after completing a section of your homework.
Its high time you understand the difference between homework assignments and studying. You should keep the following things in mind:-
(a) Always take notes while reading a particular chapter.
(b) Try to arrange your reading material into tables and charts. This way it becomes much easy to memorise things.
(c) Learn to skim material.
(d)Try to summarize in your own words what you have read.
Study groups are often a good strategy. Get a few of your friends and sit down to study together. You can complement each other in the sense that your friend can help you with a subject he or she is strong in and vice versa. You may create a regular study group. You can set goals together and reward yourselves for completing your work.
Be responsible enough to utilise the time fruitfully.
Keep a dictionary close at hand. You should be able to access it whenever you want to. Each time you stumble upon a difficult word, don't take the easy way out by asking your parents. It is advisable that you take out your dictionary and look for the meaning of the word yourself. This will also add to your vocabulary.
The public library is probably your best source of information. You can visit the one in your neighborhood. Most libraries have computers which students can use to do research and type assignments. Librarians
can be very helpful in guiding you in the right direction.
To keep track of the long term assignments and their due dates, write them down. See to it that your homework is completed each day.
Try out these strategies and see what wonder it works!!