‘‘There is no secret to be a good student.’’
Yes, you can definitely follow some techniques to ensure that your academic grades are good, but you need to remember that “success is a learnable skill.”
So, are you facing problems in your homework solving? Are you unable to complete your homework within the specified deadlines? Is your teacher unsatisfied with the quality of your homework?
If you just answered a yes, it is quite natural that you will be looking for ways through which you can overcome this homework challenge. What if you develop some study skills which will help to ace homework solving? There are certain skills which you can make use of during any homework. Just remember the old saying- ‘‘Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it.’’
Being a student myself I know how difficult it is to deal with homework. It gets worse when you have short deadlines. But does it mean that one will simply do their homework in a rush? No. Poor homework quality leads to poor grades which further leads to a poor GPA. So, what’s the solution?
The best way to handle this situation is by inheriting some skills which will always ease your homework issues no matter what the subject is or how difficult the assignment topic is. Read on to know about these skills in detail.
Requisite skills to solve homework effectively
Step-1: Have an effective study environment
- Remove distractions
One of the most important habits that you need to develop is keeping away all distractions when you are studying. Think of the things that have the ability to distract you- your cell phone, headphones, laptops, etc.
These things affect your concentration level and consume more time than that which is normally needed to do a particular homework. While some of you may think that this drifts away from the boredom of homework, it can cause many fatal consequences.
- Get a comfortable study station
You need to have a study place which is neither too comfortable nor too tiring. There are many who chose to do their homework by lying on their sofa or bed. However, this is a dangerous skill!
Choose a place which is airy, has adequate lighting and free from the hurly-burly affairs of life. Get a table or desk and sit on a chair to have abetter focus on your homework.
Step-2: Doing the homework
- Prepare a to-do list
Once you return from school, prepare a list of homework that you are supposed to do for the day. This will help you to keep track of the work that you need to do before going to bed.
Once your to-do list is made, keep on crossing the work once it is done. This will make you feel relaxed and good as the pressure keeps on decreasing.
- Prepare a schedule
On the basis of your homework list, create a schedule where you can divide your entire workload into various time slots. This will help you to have a better approach towards your work as you know how much time you can devote to a particular assignment.
A schedule will also help you to keep track of the upcoming exams and projects. Thus, you will able to take adequate preparation from before.
- Do the most difficult homework
A great way of doing homework effectively is by taking up the toughest subject assignment you have for the day.
For example, you have homework in English, Economics, Mathematics and History. If you fear Economics the most, consider taking the Economics assignment first as it will help you to have better concentration.
Various researches have concluded that a student remains the most energetic during the early hours of his homework solving, thus taking the difficult homework first will help him to have better concentration.
- Carefully read the chapter concerned
Many students have a wrong habit of starting their homework without even reading the chapter properly. This has an adverse effect not only on the homework but even affects his study as a whole. A wrong interpretation of the question or concept leads to a wrong attempt which results in poor grades.
Thus, you need to inherit the skill of reading a chapter and the question assigned to understand what the teacher is expecting from you.
- Recite the chapter loud
If you think that it becomes easy for you to understand something when reading aloud, you can easily read the question or the particular chapter in your preferred way. This will help you to have abetter conceptual understanding.
Students, who are unable to understand a particular chapter, can easily take help from various sources. You can consider getting assistance from various online professional websites who have talented experts to guide you in developing the right skills.
Step-3: Manage your time wisely
- Have a homework timer
If you think that you have the habit of getting distracted easily, you can consider using a homework timer. This will help you to stay focused on your work and also help you to have a better sense of time.
To start with, keep a target of studying for half an hour atstretch. Once you develop the habit, keep on increasing your time-limit.
- Take breaks
To keep away the boredom factor while homework-solving, you can take small breaks. This will help you to stay focused and be energetic in your work. You can even choose to take breaks when you get stuck in a sum or feel that you are unable to pay necessary attention to your work.
Keep your break timings to 10 minutes at the maximum and then resume your work with a bang! If you think that a particular homework is getting too difficult for you to solve, you can consider how to help children to take the ‘work’ out of their homework.
- Never procrastinate
Procrastination is a major problem existing among students of all ages. This happens especially in the case of assignments with late submission deadlines or those assigned on Fridays. Students tend to think that since there is ample time left, they need not be in a rush to complete the work. This leads to a sudden realization in the eleventh hour that the work is still due. With a hurry to finish the work, students miss covering major points or leave it incomplete.
You need to avoid procrastination and develop the skill to complete your work on time as per your schedule.
- Reward yourself
It is always better to keep yourself motivated. You can introduce the system of rewards in your work so that you have the inner desire to work better.
Set a target for yourself and once accomplished, gift yourself a reward! Keep a chocolate or dessert or any little thing that you consider to be a favorite of yours.
If you think that developing these skills now is just an additional work, then think it from the perspective of a long-term investment. Developing a skill never goes waste. It is aone-time investment which is going to be beneficial for you throughout your life!
Time to inherit these skills!