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
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.
Taking Time Off
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