“I’m going to do it later”

“I can skim the chapter”

“Not again!”

These might all be reactions we have when it comes to homework. It can be difficult to fit homework into our schedule when we aren’t feeling motivated or are thinking about the amount of pages we need to read.

Let me encourage you by sharing what my youngest brother told me when I was pursuing my degree. He said “Louie, before you give up, remember why you started!” I hope today you can remember the reason you started the program and that the homework in front of you won’t stop you from your achieving your goals. Here are some tips to help maximize your time doing homework.

Tip #1 - Don’t take shortcuts, engage!

When you’re doing homework, rather than just trying to answer the questions, aim to understand the content by engaging it. Jot down notes to remind you of important information. If you can understand the content, the questions will only reaffirm what you probably already know.

Tip #2 - Identify the concepts.

It is not only important to identify the concepts but also how the concepts connect with each other. If you can understand how they are interconnected, chances are you are beginning to understand the chapter.

Tip #3 - Focus

It’s important to be intentional with the space and time in which you do homework. This helps prevent unwanted distractions. This time might take place early in the morning or late at night when everyone else is asleep.

The goal is not to do all your homework at once but rather in sections. If you can tackle a good section of homework today, then you will be able to finish off what you have left tomorrow.


Homework & Weekly Practice - Oregon State University

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