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Keep track of how long you usually spend on particular assignments on average. If your math homework typically takes you 45 minutes to finish, save that much time each night. If you start plugging away for an hour, give yourself a break and work on something else to avoid tiring out. Schedule 10 minutes of break time for every 50 minutes of work time. It's important to take study breaks and give your mind a rest, or you'll work less effectively.

You're not a robot! Part Two of Four: Make sure you have everything you need before you start. It's distracting and difficult to go searching for a ruler or a protractor after you're in the middle of your geometry homework, and it can be difficult to get back into it after going on a hunt that takes a half hour.

If you've planned effectively, you should know exactly what you'll need to complete the assignment and can set up everything in your study space you'll need. Once you go into your space and start working, try not to leave until you've got a break scheduled. If you want a quick snack or drink, get it now before you start. Hit the bathroom and make sure you'll be able to work for the amount of time before your next break, uninterrupted.

Eliminate as many distractions as possible. Put your phone away, get away from your computer, and make your environment as quiet as possible. Giving homework your undivided attention will actually make it easier, because your mind won't be balancing different tasks at the same time. It's common that students will try to multi-task, watching TV or listening to the radio or continuing to chat on Facebook while also trying to do homework.

It'll be so much more fun to do those things after you're already done with your homework, though, and your homework will take half as much time if you're focused on doing nothing but your homework. Check your phone or your social networking sites during your study break, but not before.

Use these distractions as a carrot, not as a pacifier. Concentrate on one task at a time. Finish each assignment completely and check it off your list before moving on to the next item. It's usually better to finish one thing completely, so you can put it out of your mind and move on to other things. Focusing on individual tasks helps to keep you focused. Put all the other assignments out of your mind and focus on the task at hand.

Maybe you could even ask a close friend or family to help you. If one assignment proves challenging and time consuming, it's okay to switch for a while to something else. Just make sure to save enough time to circle back and give it another shot.

Take a break every hour. Set a specific amount of time you will spend every hour doing something besides homework, and stick to it. Be sure you set how long after the start of the hour, and how long you will take. Don't let your break be too long though! You could start doing something and not want to go back to work! Try to figure out what works best for you.

Some students might like to start their homework immediately after school to get it done as quickly as possible, while it may be better to give yourself an hour to relax before starting in on it and decompress from the long school day. Don't wait for the last minute. While it may seem like a better idea to work straight through and finish, it's possible that the quality of the work you're doing will start to suffer if you don't give your mind a rest.

It's difficult to think hard for more than 45 minutes at a time on a particular subject. Give yourself a rest and come back refreshed. Dive back in after study breaks. Don't let breaks balloon out into longer and longer breaks, or "being done. The first fifteen minutes after a break are your most effective minutes, because your mind will be cleared and ready to work. Give yourself a pep talk and dive back in, refreshed and ready. Create incentives to finish.

Put a carrot at the end of your homework, like a new episode of your favorite show, or a chunk of video game time. Make it something that you didn't get to do during your study breaks, so it'll be more attractive to keep working and finish completely. If you have trouble staying focused, get a parent, sibling, or friend to help keep you honest.

Give them your phone while you're working to avoid the temptation to check it, or give them the video game controller so you won't be able to plug in for a few minutes of alien-hunting when you're supposed to be doing your homework. Then, when you're finished, show them the finished product and earn back your fun. Make it impossible to cheat. Let the homework take as long as it needs. As tempting as it may be to bull-rush through your math homework to get to the Halo at the end of the tunnel, slow down and do it effectively.

There's no sense in doing it if you're just doing it wrong to get it done. You can make yourself take enough time by having your gate-keeper the person with your phone or video game controller check over your homework for quality when you're done. If you know you're not going to get it anyway unless it's done right, you won't have any reason to rush.

Slow down and do it right. Review your work after you finish. When the last problem is done, or when the last sentence is written, don't just slam your book shut and jam your homework into your backpack.

Take a short break and return to your homework with fresh eyes to read it over and look for obvious mistakes. Fixing spelling errors, typos, or obvious addition-errors is a great way to give yourself the extra points you deserve. If you go to all the trouble to do it, you might as well take a few extra minutes to make sure you do it right.

Part Three of Four: Start working on it now. It's a lot easier to come up with reasons to do other things, and avoid doing your homework. But if you struggle to finish and find the time to complete your homework on a regular basis, this kind of procrastination is probably to blame.

The easiest way to steal extra time for your homework? It might be easier to just dive into your homework and get it done while the skills are still fresh in your mind. Waiting a couple hours means you'll have to review your notes and try to get back to the same place you already were. Do it while it's fresh. If you've got three days to read an assignment, don't wait until the last evening to do it all.

Space it out and give yourself more time to finish. Just because you've got a due date that's a long time away doesn't mean it wouldn't be easier to finish now.

Stay ahead of the game. Try either waking up earlier or going to bed later. But don't get too tired! Steal some homework time on the bus. You'd be surprised how much time you've probably got hidden throughout the day that you might be able to use more effectively. A long bus ride is a great opportunity to do some of your less-intense homework, or at least get started on looking through it to plan how you'll do it when you get home. If you've got to read a bunch of stuff for homework, read on the bus.

Pop in some headphones to white noise that'll drown out the shouting of other students and tune into your book. The bus can be distracting, or it can be a great resource. Since it's full of your classmates, try to get other students to work with you and get things done more quickly. Work together on the math problems and try to figure out things together. It's not cheating if everyone's doing the work and no one's just copying.

Also, you might make some new friends while you're at it! Work on your homework in between class periods. Sometimes passing periods are quite long, as much as 10 minutes. If you get to your next class quickly without dallying in the hallway to talk to your friends, you can steal as much as an hour throughout the school day to work on your homework in between classes. Imagine knocking out an entire math assignment the day it was assigned and not even having to bring your book home.

Don't rely on this time to finish homework just before it's due. Rushing to finish your last few problems in the five minutes before you need to turn it in looks bad in front of the teacher, plus it doesn't give you any time to review your homework after you finish it.

Rushing is a good way to make mistakes. And always check difficult problems you had trouble with. Work on homework during long waits. If you've got an hour to kill before sports practice, you could spend it messing around or you could spend it finishing your homework. Don't make excuses that there aren't enough hours in the day if you spend some of those hours wasting time waiting for something.

Use your time wisely and you'll be racing through homework in no time at all! Work on your homework while you're waiting for a ride, while you're killing time at your brother's soccer game, or while you're waiting for your friend to come over.

Take advantage of any extra time you have in the day. Part Four of Four: Talk to your teacher about difficult assignments. The first, best, and most important resource for homework help should be the teacher who assigned it. If you struggle with an assignment the night before it's due and it ends up taking a long time, don't keep beating your head against the wall.

It's okay to stop when you can't figure something out after a serious effort and ask your teacher for help. However, many teachers find this annoying and ask students to at least try. Asking for help with your homework isn't a sign that you're bad at the subject or that you're "stupid. Especially ask if you weren't there that day! Asking for help isn't the same thing as complaining about the difficulty of homework or making excuses.

Spending ten minutes doing half your math problems and leaving most of them blank because they were hard and then telling your teacher you need help isn't going to win you any favors on the due date. If it's hard, see your teacher ahead of time and find the time to get help.

Visit the tutoring center or help desk at school. Many schools have after-school tutoring services or help desks for students who need a little extra help with their homework.

It can be very helpful to have someone to look over your work, sit with you while you complete it, and keep you working diligently. If there's not an organized homework help group at your school, there are many private tutoring organizations that work both for-pay and non-profits. Sylvan Learning Center and other businesses have after-school hours that you can schedule appointments at to get help studying and completing your homework, while community centers like the YMCA, or even public libraries will often have homework help hours in your area.

Getting help doesn't mean that you're bad at your homework. All variety of students visit tutoring centers for extra help, just to make sure they have enough time and motivation to get everything done. It's hard being a student! There's no shame in extra help. Imagine being afraid to ask for anything! You wouldn't be able to ask in restaurants, shops, anywhere! Work with other students. Find other students in your class that you look up to and work on your homework together.

Help each other out by working on your homework at the same time to keep each other honest, and pool your resources. Make sure that your group study sessions don't cross the line into cheating. Dividing up an assigned so your friend does half and you copy each other's answers is considered cheating, but discussing a problem and coming up with a solution together isn't. As long as you each do the work separately, you shouldn't have any problems. Talk to your parents.

Use your parents, older siblings, or other relatives as a resource if you struggle with your homework. They've all been there and been through what you've been through, even if it was a long time ago. Having something to listen to your "This math is so hard! Some parents don't necessarily know how to help with your homework and might end up doing too much. Try to keep yourself honest.

Give them your phone while you're working to avoid the temptation to check it, or give them the video game controller so you won't be able to plug in for a few minutes of alien-hunting when you're supposed to be doing your homework. Then, when you're finished, show them the finished product and earn back your fun. Make it impossible to cheat. Let the homework take as long as it needs.

As tempting as it may be to bull-rush through your math homework to get to the Halo at the end of the tunnel, slow down and do it effectively. There's no sense in doing it if you're just doing it wrong to get it done. You can make yourself take enough time by having your gate-keeper the person with your phone or video game controller check over your homework for quality when you're done.

If you know you're not going to get it anyway unless it's done right, you won't have any reason to rush. Slow down and do it right. Review your work after you finish. When the last problem is done, or when the last sentence is written, don't just slam your book shut and jam your homework into your backpack. Take a short break and return to your homework with fresh eyes to read it over and look for obvious mistakes.

Fixing spelling errors, typos, or obvious addition-errors is a great way to give yourself the extra points you deserve. If you go to all the trouble to do it, you might as well take a few extra minutes to make sure you do it right. Start working on it now. It's a lot easier to come up with reasons to do other things, and avoid doing your homework.

But if you struggle to finish and find the time to complete your homework on a regular basis, this kind of procrastination is probably to blame. The easiest way to steal extra time for your homework? It might be easier to just dive into your homework and get it done while the skills are still fresh in your mind.

Waiting a couple hours means you'll have to review your notes and try to get back to the same place you already were. Do it while it's fresh. If you've got three days to read an assignment, don't wait until the last evening to do it all. Space it out and give yourself more time to finish. Just because you've got a due date that's a long time away doesn't mean it wouldn't be easier to finish now. Stay ahead of the game.

Try either waking up earlier or going to bed later. But don't get too tired! Steal some homework time on the bus. You'd be surprised how much time you've probably got hidden throughout the day that you might be able to use more effectively. A long bus ride is a great opportunity to do some of your less-intense homework, or at least get started on looking through it to plan how you'll do it when you get home.

If you've got to read a bunch of stuff for homework, read on the bus. Pop in some headphones to white noise that'll drown out the shouting of other students and tune into your book. The bus can be distracting, or it can be a great resource. Since it's full of your classmates, try to get other students to work with you and get things done more quickly. Work together on the math problems and try to figure out things together. It's not cheating if everyone's doing the work and no one's just copying.

Also, you might make some new friends while you're at it! Work on your homework in between class periods. Sometimes passing periods are quite long, as much as 10 minutes. If you get to your next class quickly without dallying in the hallway to talk to your friends, you can steal as much as an hour throughout the school day to work on your homework in between classes.

Imagine knocking out an entire math assignment the day it was assigned and not even having to bring your book home. Don't rely on this time to finish homework just before it's due. Rushing to finish your last few problems in the five minutes before you need to turn it in looks bad in front of the teacher, plus it doesn't give you any time to review your homework after you finish it.

Rushing is a good way to make mistakes. And always check difficult problems you had trouble with. Work on homework during long waits. If you've got an hour to kill before sports practice, you could spend it messing around or you could spend it finishing your homework.

Don't make excuses that there aren't enough hours in the day if you spend some of those hours wasting time waiting for something. Use your time wisely and you'll be racing through homework in no time at all! Work on your homework while you're waiting for a ride, while you're killing time at your brother's soccer game, or while you're waiting for your friend to come over.

Take advantage of any extra time you have in the day. Talk to your teacher about difficult assignments. The first, best, and most important resource for homework help should be the teacher who assigned it. If you struggle with an assignment the night before it's due and it ends up taking a long time, don't keep beating your head against the wall. It's okay to stop when you can't figure something out after a serious effort and ask your teacher for help.

However, many teachers find this annoying and ask students to at least try. Asking for help with your homework isn't a sign that you're bad at the subject or that you're "stupid. Especially ask if you weren't there that day! Asking for help isn't the same thing as complaining about the difficulty of homework or making excuses. Spending ten minutes doing half your math problems and leaving most of them blank because they were hard and then telling your teacher you need help isn't going to win you any favors on the due date.

If it's hard, see your teacher ahead of time and find the time to get help. Visit the tutoring center or help desk at school. Many schools have after-school tutoring services or help desks for students who need a little extra help with their homework. It can be very helpful to have someone to look over your work, sit with you while you complete it, and keep you working diligently. If there's not an organized homework help group at your school, there are many private tutoring organizations that work both for-pay and non-profits.

Sylvan Learning Center and other businesses have after-school hours that you can schedule appointments at to get help studying and completing your homework, while community centers like the YMCA, or even public libraries will often have homework help hours in your area.

Getting help doesn't mean that you're bad at your homework. All variety of students visit tutoring centers for extra help, just to make sure they have enough time and motivation to get everything done.

It's hard being a student! There's no shame in extra help. Imagine being afraid to ask for anything! You wouldn't be able to ask in restaurants, shops, anywhere! Work with other students. Find other students in your class that you look up to and work on your homework together. Help each other out by working on your homework at the same time to keep each other honest, and pool your resources.

Make sure that your group study sessions don't cross the line into cheating. Dividing up an assigned so your friend does half and you copy each other's answers is considered cheating, but discussing a problem and coming up with a solution together isn't.

As long as you each do the work separately, you shouldn't have any problems. Talk to your parents. Use your parents, older siblings, or other relatives as a resource if you struggle with your homework.

They've all been there and been through what you've been through, even if it was a long time ago. Having something to listen to your "This math is so hard! Some parents don't necessarily know how to help with your homework and might end up doing too much. Try to keep yourself honest.

Asking for help doesn't mean asking your parent to do your work for you. Likewise, some older relatives have outdated ways of completing specific tasks and might suggest forcefully that something you learned in class is wrong.

Always use your teacher's approach as the correct approach, and discuss these alternative ways of completing an assignment with your teacher if necessary. Take 3 to 4 minutes rest; get up and walk around or drink some water and then wash your face. Then sit down again and start off by the question asked just as you got stumped and write down some of the key points you know about the topic.

Then, with a clear mind, you try doing it again. You can ask friends too. Not Helpful 34 Helpful By understanding what you are supposed to do. Once you understand it, it will be easier and you will be done in no time. Not Helpful 21 Helpful Think of your final goal. For example, if you wanted to become a cardiologist, think about having your own office, treating and helping your patients and other people, doing charity, and the selfish reason spending the money.

Make a goal but it doesn't have to be long-term; the goal can be as simple as you get chocolate when you finish your math homework. What matters is having the goal in mind to keep you motivated. Not Helpful 30 Helpful Try going some place quiet, such as a library. If that does not work, try working in a place where you will get some background noise, such as a cafe or park. Lastly, remember to give yourself breaks, especially if you will be working for more than two hours.

This will allow your mind to refresh itself, and help it stay focused. Not Helpful 29 Helpful Take minute breaks every 45 minutes or so. If you have a long report or reading assignment, break it up into easier to manage sections and just take one section at a time. Not Helpful 17 Helpful You should also seek help. Email a teacher or ask a friend or family member for help on the assignment.

If none of those work, then look online for similar problems or videos about the topic to better help you complete your homework. Tell the teacher the following day that you found it too hard, exactly why and ask for help to get through this part. Complete your homework on time and get good grades.

Speak up and answer questions in class. Ask about extra credit. Behave yourself in class and don't get into any trouble. Not Helpful 22 Helpful Make a plan for your day that includes time for homework. If you do a lot of different things after school and you travel a lot, then you may find time on the bus or in the car.

Not Helpful 28 Helpful My parents rarely care about my difficulties, the teachers don't pay attention to my problems, and I am a loner. Will asking an older brother do? It depends on how helpful your older brother is. If he's a good support, by all means, ask him for help! I get distracted easily, and I don't have access to anyplace quiet at home.

What should I do? If that's simply not possible, ask for help in making arrangements to work in the library or somewhere else you know you could concentrate. Not Helpful 1 Helpful 8.

Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Already answered Not a question Bad question Other. Did this summary help you? Make sure your little study space is well lit, quiet, and comfortable. This will make it much easier to do your homework properly. Take a piece of paper or wipe board and create a schedule for your homework. Be generous with the amount of time that you give for each task.

If you end up finishing a task earlier than the schedule says, you will feel accomplished and will have extra time to complete the next task. It makes homework get done quicker than usual. Do NOT over stress over homework, but do not push things off. Getting stressed makes things harder to do, so remember to take a deep breath and relax. Go to bed early, get a good night's sleep, and eat healthily. This will help you to stay much more focused, and you won't be as tired. Most teenagers need about nine or ten hours of sleep, so don't try staying up until three in the morning, and assuming that four hours is plenty of sleep.

Take good notes in class, and be active. You'll learn more, and your notes can really help you afterwards. Highlighting the keywords is also a good strategy, so you can understand the question better. Get up early on weekends. You have full concentration in the morning, and if you start working at 6 or 7 in the morning, you will be done before midday, and you will have the rest of the day to yourself. If are going through homework questions that are repetitive, you can probably get away with skipping a few of them, for the sake of spending a bit more time on tougher questions.

If you think you might need the extra practice, do more repetitive questions. Sometimes it can be the easy ones that get you on a test. Always start with your hardest subject and go down to the easiest. Ensure there are no distractions within easy reach. Lock your doors or something to keep siblings from bothering you. It will also decrease sound. If you still cannot concentrate, you could play some music or go to the library or cafe. Never get someone to do your homework.


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