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Get Motivated To Do The Home Work

Work, kids, household chores, grocery shopping, laundry AND homework?

Everyone seems to put it off. It is easy to say that you will do it 'later', and when 'later' comes, you still do not want to do it.

1.Plan ahead. If you have a study hall, do as much of it there as possible. The more you do when you are in class, the less you will have to do at home. If your pursuing a degree online, set aside an extra hour before or after class.

2.Get motivated. Promise yourself a reward for finishing the time consuming homework, such as going to a cafe and relaxing or even sitting in front of the TV watching reruns of Welcome Back Carder. Basically choose an activity you enjoy. Don't use food as a reward! Save a special magazine to read when homework is done or surf the net for mind relaxation.

3.Find a spot with less interruptions. Set up your special study spot. No friends, television, web surfing or other potential distractions.

4.Get the work done & enjoy, take pleasure in your reward. Don't cut it short or change the plan. Take as much enjoyment from your reward as possible.


  • Use your spare time at school, to begin your homework.

  • Study shows 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 you go to sleep. Don't try to cram 100 bits of information right before you go to sleep; memorize some during the day so that right before sleep you can memorize most or all of them.

  • If the homework is going to take 2+ hours, take a 15 minute break every hour. Do not start your reward on the break or anything else, for that matter, that you might use as an excuse to not go back to your homework.

  • Do the hardest work first. You will feel great after you accomplish the hardest problem and the rest will float by easily and quickly.

  • Do your homework on a table or desk, don't try to work on the couch or in your bed. You will get bored, and the bed is so soft, that you may fall asleep...

  • Try choosing some music that may help you concentrate. You may want to avoid music with lyrics or very complex melodic progressions. You may find yourself thinking more about the song than your homework. Some classical music and some jazz are good for listening to while doing homework.

  • Try multitasking (not the TV). Trying working in small bits on 3 different assignments. By mixing it up you may find that it goes by quicker.

  • If there is something you don't understand, write down what the explicit question / problem your having trouble with and than ask for assitsence from your instructor.


  • Don't let yourself be distracted - stay focused.

  • Don't do homework with a friend or loved one. It's too easy to get off subject and not do the work.

  • Don't get frustrated. If you are having trouble getting through a certain assignment, temporarily switch to another assignment or go to bed and wake up really early to finish it.

  • If you choose to listen to music, be aware that studies show you perform best on a test when the conditions (light, noise, etc.) are the closest to the conditions you studied with. So if you can't listen to music during a test, it may actually be better to study in quiet.


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