Tips to Making a Homework Plan January 27 2012
Getting your homework done doesn’t have to be as difficult as finding the cure for cancer. Most students struggle because they procrastinate their homework until the last minute. I guarantee you that most professors don’t appreciate reading through a hundred essays that were thrown together at the last minute. Scheduling out your time is an excellent way to ensure that you don’t only have time to do all of your homework, but that you’ll also have enough time to do your homework well
Find a Simple Planner
You can find many inexpensive planners. Amazon.com offers a variety that range from $9 to more than $30. Your college bookstore may offer cheaper (or more expensive) options. I prefer planners that allow me to plan out my days hour-by-hour. I used one of these to great effect for more than two years. Now I use the calendar on Outlook on my laptop and sync it with my iTouch. Find something that works for you.
Copy Down Assignments
Whenever you receive an assignment in class, make note of its due date. It’s good to use a weekly calendar so that you can see when things are due as well as a daily one so that you can block out time to do it. I personally like to sit down at the beginning of the semester and copy down all of the homework and reading assignments from my syllabi. Use pencil just in case a due date or assignment changes.
Put the most important assignments first. Working on a 5-page paper due tomorrow may be more important than completing the reading assignment due tomorrow. If it really comes down to the wire, you may have to decide which class is going to be more important on your transcript. If you are a biology major, your grade in a microbial ecology class may be of more interest to future employers than your grade in an advanced writing class. Planning ahead may help you to avoid having to make such sacrifices.
Schedule Your Homework
Plan time each day to work on specific assignments. It is good to plan a little more time than you think will be necessary to complete the assignment. For large projects such as final class papers, you may need to specifically map out time to work on different aspects such as research, writing, editing, and revising.
When you stick to your schedule, give yourself a reward. Watch the next episode of Psych., buy yourself a milkshake, go shopping with the girls, or go hang out with the guys. When you give yourself a positive reward for completing your work on time, you are much more likely to continue sticking to your schedule. Rewarding yourself shouldn’t consume the rest of your afternoon, however. Keep it simple and sweet.
Keep it up!
A lot of college schedules work really well during the first two weeks of class . . . then peeter out. Once you have a schedule that works, stick with it! This is a lifelong skill that will help you to enjoy work a great deal more.