After a long day at school, the last thing most of us want to do is come home and do even more school work, but this time at home. Especially with subjects that you just hate, it can be a real challenge to motivate yourself to complete homework. This doesn’t necessarily make you lazy; it makes you human! Below are some ways to ease the pain and make completing your homework a little less hideous.
Many students make the mistake of creating schedules that don’t allow them time just to breathe. This can tire the brain out and make you feel frustrated because even the easy homework is suddenly daunting and difficult. The way to avoid this is simply to take short, constructive breaks every hour or two. Make sure that it is only for a maximum of 15 minutes, and do something that needs to be done. Have a cup of tea, eat a snack, get something ready for school tomorrow, phone a friend about something important or send an email. If it’s constructive you won’t feel like you’re wasting time, but you’ll also be giving your brain a rest.
There are plenty of ways to make your homework more enjoyable - fun, even! You just have to be a little bit creative and use your imagination. Make learning languages more exciting and interactive by finding a pen pal and writing letters to them. Learn vocabulary by making flash cards, either physically or on the computer, and testing yourself for about half an hour - any longer is unnecessarily long. When you make notes, allow yourself to draw pictures in order to remember better the information. Use colors and make something beautiful and exciting to look at.
You can try to motivate yourself to do your homework by giving yourself rewards either when you complete various pieces or when you do complete something particularly difficult. Rewards can include allowing yourself a break to watch a video online or listen to a song, or, something particularly effective, allow yourself to eat a sweet every time you, for example, finish reading or writing a paragraph for English or science. You can be as creative as you want with your rewards, and design them around what motivates and excites you. This is about getting you excited about doing your homework and making it a bit less boring!