If you really don’t want to do your homework, then just get everything ready to do your homework: paper, pencil, textbook, and maybe a cup of tea. Then sit down and open the book to the page you need to read. Then read the first paragraph. Usually by then you will feel that you can write the first sentence, of an answer, report or of notes. Do your homework on a table or desk, but never try to work on the couch or in your bed. You will get bored, and the bed is so soft, you might fall asleep. Even if you are not like the people who could actually fall asleep, you will get comfortable and distracted. If you have a really hard homework, do easier homework first so that you are not stuck and standing still. If you can help it, don’t go to bed before you finish your homework.

What will happen is that you’ll say, “Oh, I’ll get up early the next morning to finish it.” Then, you either don’t get up early enough, or you do, and you’re totally worn out for the rest of the day. Studies show that during sleep, the brain tends to hold the memories you have right before you go to sleep. Therefore, if you have to memorize something, try to learn it just before bed. That does not mean you can cram 100 vocabulary words right before you go to sleep; memorize some during the day so that right before sleep you can review most or all of them. 15-minute break every hour. On the break, do not start your reward or anything else that you might be tempted to use as an excuse to not go back to your homework. If you need to use the computer for homework, do not get caught up in interesting ads that could lead to browsing the web and interrupting your work.

If you can, try using a blocker to block these things and try not to get tempted. Don’t get frustrated. If you are having trouble getting through a certain assignment and it takes a long time, temporarily switch to another assignment. Don’t get really stressed about not being able to do homework. There’s plenty of help around – the Internet, parents, friends, etc. If all else fails, you can go into school early and ask your teacher to explain the work to you. Start with your notes or texts in front of you, don’t do it alone, not guessing how to get solutions, use the notes you have from class. Avoid procrastinating that may affect your plans for the rest of the day. Use your spare time at school, and while riding the bus to begin your homework. Do the rest of your homework right after arriving at home. You are still in the school learning mode, and it will be easier to remember all you have learned. Then, you will have the rest of the day and evening free, without having to even think of school, until the next day.

Write down your assignment and write the time you started it. When you finish, write down the time again. Make sure not to procrastinate in-between! Do this for all your assignments and you will probably see that it doesn’t take as long to do homework as you thought. Record your breaks too! Every time you take a break, write down the start and end time. Knowing you are being timed may motivate you to do your homework faster. Don’t get really worried! It’s only homework. Next week you’ll be wondering ‘why ever did I get so worked up about it? Think about a few years into the future after all of your exams when you won’t ever have to do homework again. Change your perspective so you can, essentially, reach back into the past to change what’s going on in life now. Write down motivational suggestions that work for you, to start homework or assessments.

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