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Don't let homework take over your soul, mind and health


Samantha Kaczala | Interrobang | Lifestyles | September 28th, 2018




Homework can be stressful for students at times and it can feel like you have no control over your emotions once you get to that point. No one wants to be at the meltdown point, but it can be hard for students to avoid this situation amid all the assignments and tests given out constantly.

With these tips on how to manage homework effectively, you can help yourself in keeping your mind healthy and stress-free.

Time Management

The golden rule for all students is to have a good grasp on managing one's time. But a lot struggle with this concept.

A way to keep good time is to have a planner or calendar with important dates listed so you are prepared for what's to come. Keep it on hand or in a place where you can see it so you are reminded of these dates everyday. Another option is having an alert on your phone so it will tell you when a due date is approaching.

Also, allow enough time to get your work done. Be realistic on how long it will take you to get it done. You can go even further by adding a day or two to the time you were thinking because you never know what may happen. Especially take more time for areas you find more difficult as they will be the hardest to tackle. Make sure to study for tests in advance. Studying at certain times a day for a week or two before the test will make the information cement itself into your brain better.

Start as soon as you can

A project due in a week may seem like it is far away, but a lot of times it creeps on you faster than you would think. If you can, start working on it early. Even just beginning a little bit of research or planning what you want to do for a project is a lot better than leaving everything for later. By doing so, you will also be able to do your best work without regrets or stress later.

Procrastination is the enemy

Procrastinating leaves you with a smaller time frame to get work done, which puts more pressure on you and creates the stress that you don't want to deal with. Just as it says above, start as soon as you can on a project and get it done with the best of your ability so you can be proud of the work you do.

Don't be afraid to ask questions

Students seem to be naturally hesitant to ask questions in class. Teachers won't bite. They want you to understand what they are asking for. So make sure you know it too. No question is silly. Besides, you are most likely not the only one with the same question and will be helping your classmates by asking. And if you are shy, you can always wait after the lecture to ask.

Practice makes perfect

Repeating the process for work allows you to remember and be able to tackle those problems easier. They become ingrained into your brain, allowing you to be able to take the stress off not remembering something learned earlier that is being used in an important assignment later.

Sleep is a necessity

It's not good to be tired all the time, but many students end up in the habit of doing so because of the hours spent on working on assignments. All-nighters are fine once in a while, but constantly subjugating the body to no sleep is, without a doubt, exhausting. Without sleep, it is harder to concentrate in class and memorize what needs to be learned. This makes working on projects a lot more tiring and stressful.

Get about seven to eight hours of sleep a night. This will aid in keeping focus, memory retention, decision making and creativity. If you do not have the time to sleep fully, take a 20 minute to half-an-hour nap. It will allow you to refresh your self without falling into deep sleep, which would make you even more tired.

Breaks aren't a bad thing

Constantly staring at your work is not always helpful. Frustration can set in easily if you have been working on the same problem for more than 20 minutes. That's when you need to take a breath to refresh. Go do something else for a couple of hours that you enjoy doing. But not for too long, okay? You don't want to get nothing done. When you come back you will be refreshed and ready to tackle your work, making it also easier to find new angles to do the work.
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