KidMag’s Top Ten Homework Tips

Much to our disliking, school is back in full swing with tests, teachers, recess, and yes… homework. At some point, every kid will feel the painful responsibility to finish their homework, especially if they don’t like the subject. To avoid sidetracking, procrastinating, and groaning, KidMag has made a list of tips and tricks to help you hand your homework in on time.

 

1. Prioritize your homework. Let’s say you have math, science and spelling homework. Math and science are due on Tuesday, but spelling isn’t due until Wednesday. Which do you do first? Science and math go first because you have less time to finish the assignments. Then, you can start on spelling if you want to get ahead. 

2. Find the right place to work. No kid can do their best if a ruckus is happening while they attempt at their homework. This is why it’s important to find the right place that you can always go to for homework and studying. Lots of kids use a desk if they have one, and we also recommend a desk. But, for those of you who do not have a desk, here is a list of ideas you can escape to when your house is too loud:
Does your house have an office or a den? This is a great spot for you to work if your parents let you.
Your room – only if you have some sort of table and chair you can set up (you don’t want to do homework on the floor!)
Does your house have an exercise room? This is another great spot to work, although it is best if you have some sort of table and chair you can use.
If your house is so noisy you have to leave, you could go to your neighbourhood park, a library, friend’s house – as long as you don’t get too distracted-, or a coffee shop.
Lots of schools also offer a homework help program, where you can do your homework at school during lunch or after school.

3. Take breaks. Do you need help staying motivated during homework time? Try setting a timer for 15-20 minutes. During those 15-20 minutes, work super hard on your homework, and don’t stop until the timer rings. Once it rings, take a 5-minute break to do something active. Make sure that you are not watching YouTube or playing video games because you easily get distracted and it’s not much of a break. Some suggestions are:

1. Jump on a trampoline if you have one.
2. Take a walk. Bring your dog if you want to.
3. Run up and down a staircase safely.
4. Ride your bike around the block as fast as you can a few times.
5. Have a quick tag game with your siblings in the backyard.

 

4. Try using study music. This works for some people, while it doesn’t for others. Try it anyway and see what you think. Study music should have no lyrics and slower sound rather than upbeat and dance-worthy. However, it shouldn’t be too slow that it makes you sleepy. For really good study music that is kid-safe, click HERE.

 

5. No electronics during homework time unless that is actually needed for an assignment! You may already have this rule since it is quite popular these days. If you do your homework with a phone next to you, you won’t be able to fully focus. Every time you get a text, reminder, Instagram like, or email, you will probably pause and check it out. You might even reply and get distracted by having a whole conversation with your friend on Instagram while trying to do homework at the same time. Electronics just don’t work, so keep them in another room or downstairs while you do your homework. Your texts will be waiting for you when you’re finished.

 

6. Be prepared. Make sure you have all the supplies you will need in order to complete your homework so you don’t have to get up and ruin your focus. You might also get distracted downstairs by a sibling or electronic.  Try to remember if you need anything that you don’t normally have, such as tape, a ruler, markers, or staples.

 

7. Make a list. f you come home with a big pile of homework for the night, you may be feeling panicked, overwhelmed or rushed to finish all the assignments that you were given. Before you begin, write a checklist of all the things you need to do. If you have way more homework than usual, do separate lists for separate subjects, and if you have a big project that you are working on, then make a checklist just for that project. As you are working, slowly make your way down the list and check things off if you finish them. This way you can easily see what you have finished and what you still need to do. It will also ensure that you don’t accidentally forget to do something.

 

8. Get it finished. If for some reason you do not get a chance to finish your homework, try doing it in the morning before school if you have time. You can also do it during lunch if it does not need to be handed in until the afternoon. If these options don’t work, try talking to your teacher. Tell them what happened. If you have a good enough explanation they will probably let you off the hook and give you a short extension. However, you should make sure not to make up excuses, and remember that the teacher probably won’t excuse you every time you don’t finish. 

9. Start right away. Once you come home from school, get right to it. Give yourself 10-15 minutes to have a snack, talk to your parents about your day, and maybe check a few texts. After that, go straight to your workspace and get started. Do your hardest subjects first and work your way down. That way, you can look forward to the easiest assignment while you tackle the hard ones. It also leaves more time for the assignments you find difficult and that will take you longer.

 

10.  Call or FaceTime a friend in your class if you are really stuck on a problem. This is better than a parent or other adult because they have just learned what you are learning so the content is fresh in their mind. Just make sure that your call doesn’t drag our too long; ask a parent to warn you when you start to talk about things other than homework.

 

We hope our tips helped you finish your homework and do a good job as well. Let us know using our contact page what tips help you most.