1.Make homework a habit.
You brush your teeth before bed; it’s just what happens. Same with homework. You do homework after school. Or, you do homework after dinner. Your schedule might vary from day to day, but in general being consistent about when homework will happen assures that it will become second nature.
2. Find your perfect study space.
Doing your homework in roughly the same place every night will help cement the routine. Whether it’s the public library, on your bed, or at the kitchen table, find a study space to make your own.
3. Put away anything that might make it hard to concentrate.
Distractions are often electronic but not always, wear headphones. Silence those enticing app notifications. You probably need your computer to do research or type up your lit essay so consider using a browser extension.
4. Plan ahead.
Take a look at everything you have to do and gather up ALL the gear you’ll need to do it. Have a trig quiz? Grab your calculator. Reading a chapter for biology? Make sure a highlighter is handy. Going on a search for supplies is a surefire way to derail homework.
5. Break your assignments into smaller tasks.
If you’ve got a big assignment looming, like a research paper, stay motivated by completing a small piece of the project every few days. It’s easy to get distracted if the project seems too complicated or has a distant due date. Even writing just a few sentences a night will keep your essay on track.
6. Give your brain a break.
Our brains and bodies aren’t wired to do the same thing for too long. Attempting to complete a complicated geometry problem set in one sitting could end up frustrating you and make you want to give up. Make sure you are allowing yourself plenty of breaks— have a dance party, scan your Twitter feed—to get the blood flowing and get the brain moving.
7. Shift subjects.
You’ve got homework from lots of different teachers across multiple subjects.When your mind starts wandering or you’ve just had enough, it’s ok to move on to something else. You may end up shifting subjects a few times before your assignments are completed.
8. Turn your homework into a game to make it more fun.
Your study routine doesn’t have to be monotonous, especially if you are “actively” rather than passively involved with homework. So take notes on passages as you read them. Or, create flashcards for vocabulary words. Don’t just study the biology diagram; try to replicate it. The more senses that are involved in the work, the more you will retain and the less likely you will zone out and read the same thing over and over with no comprehension.