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Take Control of Homework

     A big part of high-school is homework - you are now expected to do a large quantity of work outside of the hours that you are in school. But it is important to remember that homework is a good thing. Homework helps you to:

* practice what you've learned during the day
* establish study habits that will be critical in college
* prepare for your classes
* get a sense of progress

Homework Tips
     It is important that you do your homework. It is often hard at times thought to sit down and devote some of your little spare time to working - after all you were in school all day and now you want to just relax! Here are some tips for making homework less painful:

Set the Mood
     Create 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 Begin
     Make 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 over-schedule yourself. Without some flexibility, you'll set yourself up to fail.

Study at the Same Time Every Day
     Even if you don't have homework, use the time to review notes. 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.

Know what it's Worth
     Know how much weight each assignment or test carries, and use your time accordingly.

Get More Involved
     Ever feel like you can't stay awake to read something, let alone process it? Keep your mind from wandering by taking notes, underlining sections, discussing topics with others, or relating your homework to something you're studying in another class.

Organize the Information
     People 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. Try to find the best methods that work for you. Ask your teacher for recommendations if you're having trouble.

Take Advantage of Any Free Time
     If 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 Friend
     Unless it's too distracting, get together with friends and classmates to quiz each other, compare notes, and predict test questions.

Celebrate Your Achievements
     Reward yourself for hitting milestones, or doing something well.

      If you have concerns about the amount or type of homework you have, you may want to talk to your teacher, adviser, or counselor.

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