10 Homework Tips for College Students

Friday, April 29, 2016

Happy Friday everyone! In no way shape or form am I some sort of college expert but I went through about 9 years of it, two graduations and a certificate. When I first started college I was a lost puppy, and I had no one to turn to if I needed help. I used many school resources, and learned a lot on my own. One place I struggled and then succeeded in was homework. Today I want to share with you my tips and tricks to get it done, and get on with your life. Let's begin...

  1. Old school tip number one, your phone isn't invited. Put that bad boy away, as far as possible. You're going to look at it every five minutes, jump at the next notification and a home, upload a picture on Instagram, then snap something on Snapchat. A homework assignment that could have taken you 45 minutes to finish, is now a homework assignment that is going on the third hour. 
  2. Old school tip number two, get a notebook... Not a laptop. This notebook you buy at Staples, and guess what... IT HAS PAPER IN IT! *mind blown* When you write your notes on your tablet or laptop, you know what happens? I'll tell you exactly what you already know. You open your computer, open Microsoft Office, write your name, the date, and your class. You then proceed to open your internet browser check your email, pop on over to Facebook, then go on YouTube to check out Beyonce's new video. Next thing you know you're watching crazy cat videos 6 hours later. Using a notebook will keep all your notes away from your entertainment. You need to have the willpower to stay motivated. The internet is a magnet that is asking for you to come out and play, when you have things you should be doing. If it gets to the point where your internet is taking over your homework life, might as well ask your parents to change that WiFi password. 
  3. Take a break... yes I just told you to stop browsing the internet, but this is the exception. If you've been studying for an hour, maybe two, you NEED to take a break. After a while you just become numb to all the information and your brain starts turning into mush. Take a ten minute break, do a couple jumping jacks, and re-hydrate.
  4. Get sleep... You should make it a point to get 6-8 hours a sleep. Go to sleep at a normal time, so you wont be cranky in the morning. If you absolutely need to go out and party, make sure it waits for the weekend. 
  5. Read the ENTIRE homework assignment before you dive in. If there are case questions read the questions before you start reading. The questions will already be in your mind while you're reading, and it will be like a light bulb when you read past an answer. 
  6. When you're writing an essay either disable the internet or write it on paper. This is more for the first and second draft. You'll spend more time than you need on this essay that could have been done hours or days ago. (see #2)
  7. Get comfortable. When doing long homework assignments do it somewhere you're comfy. Don't sit anywhere your back will ache from later. Make sure you are hydrated, wearing comfy clothing, and clear of clutter. 
  8. Join a homework group. We're all in this college life together, why go through it alone?
  9. Wake up early, and get to class. What does this have to do with homework? You will miss your next homework assignment, and have double. 
  10. Manage your time, don't double book friend dates, lunches, hang out time or whatever you call it these days. You need to have a set time for everything including homework. Let your friends, your boyfriend or girlfriend or even your family know this. College is a huge investment, you need to also invest in IT. You get out what you put in, and you don't want to graduate not knowing a thing about your subject. Don't be that person that barely passes, the one who just got by. Think about your doctor... how would you feel if the doctor that just got by is about to perform heart surgery on you or a loved one? 
Well, with that said, go ahead and do your homework! Get it done, and get on with your life. No one wants to be stuck inside doing their homework on a beautiful sunny, Spring afternoon!

14 comments :

  1. When I was at college I used to do all of those tips you say. They're great and in the long-term, they result in the best way of doing homework.

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  2. Paper. REAL LIFE PAPER! The only way to list! Totally agree with no phones and social media but as for comfort I suggest not too comfy or that turns into a nap haha

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  3. Its true you get good jobs because you work hard and that is the same with education. We all have points where we could have worked harder but as long as you try your hardest that is all that matters!

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  4. Those are great tips! You can apply them not only for college homework, but also for getting any work project done! Thank you!

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  5. This is such great advice. I can't even imagine how hard it is to focus with all of the social media distractions nowadays.

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  6. Thanks for the list, I think you can apply these to any form of creative output. I will use these for my creative writing and hopefully I will get something done ^_^

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  7. Ah, I do not miss being a student one bit. This are great tips to help you learn and study. I always use a notebook when writing as I find I am much more creative.

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  8. Haha, #2 is hilarious! It's amazing how technology takes over our lives, specially students. I'll admit I was guilty of being on my phone much longer than I should've been and it didn't help with my homework. So happy to be done with school now.

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  9. You are the expert on homework! I agree keeping the internet off and the temptation from your phone far away is super important!

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  10. These are great tips! Especially one about the notebook! There is something about writing on paper that really helped me learn!

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  11. Join homework group is a big no no for me. we end up talking about everything but the actual homework :) I never use my tablet or laptop not for the reason you talked about but I feel like I'm doing a better job and I feel more satisfied when I write things down. And yeah of course my phone isn't invited.

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  12. 4,5 and 9 and pretty much everything! Ha ha ! And I really love notebooks I have tons of them !

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  13. During our college days mobiles were not as popular as they are today and we are glad we had to carry and not laptops ;) Yes time management is one very imp factor completely agree with you.

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  14. Really good tips, I think they could be applied to help get through most projects too. Number 5 - oh my gosh I can't stress this enough haha. And I also love the 'get a notebook - not a laptop'. Totally agree xo

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