One thing that we can all agree on is that Homework is not typically fun. However, if you know how to approach your homework with a positive attitude then it does not have to be stressful. Procrastination, for many people is the reason why they do not thrive academically. This is unfortunate because if you could only overcome your procrastination habits and let’s be honest- your laziness. You could get much higher grades on your homework assignments.
In this week’s article we are going to go over some strategies for doing homework more effectively and avoiding laziness. Hopefully, this advice will help some students modify their study habits and improve their homework skills.
Why do some students thrive while others struggle? The main reason is often because students who thrive know how to work smart and not hard. They have mastered the art of using their “class” time wisely and keeping good notes. They’ve practiced their studying skills and know how to find the answers that they need either online or in a library. Most importantly, these students do not put their homework assignments off until the last minute. Instead, they do them right away and then enjoy the feeling of accomplishment they get rather than the stress that they feel.
If the reason for your laziness is lack of inspiration you can overcome this by setting goals for yourself. A goal can be as specific as getting 90% on your homework assignment, or as vague as “getting your homework done before Thursday”. These types of goals will help you motivate yourself to actually do the project. It may even help if you set up a plan to reward yourself once you have accomplished these goals, such as going out on Friday night- or buying yourself a milkshake.
For some people self-motivation just does not work! If you know this to be you then we recommend that you find a study buddy to help push you. Find a classmate who also wants to improve their study skills and work on homework assignments together. This can make the entire process more enjoyable and help to assure that you don’t leave things until the last minute. Just remember though, if you do find a study buddy make sure that it is someone who holds you accountable and won’t let you slack off!