How to Deal with Homework

By: Liv Bjorgum

School’s quickly escalating...the homework is piling up, the projects are pouring in, and it seems like there's no time to do anything fun. Sound familiar? There are many ways you can get all of it done, even though sometimes it feels like it's unmanageable.

Get away from distractions. When you get home, get yourself some water and a snack. Go somewhere quiet: the library, your bedroom, the dining room. If you're easily distracted by your phone, put it away or face down.

Prioritize. Don’t give in to just doing what's easy first. If you have a paper due the next day and an easy spelling sheet due the next week, work on the paper first. Also, don't save what takes the most time for last, when you're tired.

Organize. Buy an agenda or use a blank notebook and make one yourself. You can use stickers and even color-code your assignments to make it tidier and more cheerful. Plus, when something’s finished, you get to cross it off!

Find time for yourself. Some people like to power through their homework all at once. But if you have a lot of energy, you can separate your work by subject. Have you been wanting to perfect that flip on the trampoline? Do you want to work on your jumproping? Once you're done with a subject, give yourself 10 or 15 minutes to do something you want to do to. This way, you're getting your fill of fun, too.

Find out what works for you. Sometimes, listening to classical music can help people calm down and concentrate. Try it! Reading out loud or taking notes as you go along are other strategies.

Hopefully this helps, and let us know if you have a tip for organizing yourself!