“The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting.” – Walt Disney

Do you remember what doing school work during the Covid-19 lockdown period was like? You were working solely on your own with minimal help from your teacher or teachers. Working independently during the pandemic must have made you realise that working from home on your own to complete the curriculum is never ideal. Have you had a different outlook on homework since the pandemic? Are you more appreciative that homework does not mean working independently on something you have never learnt before in class but working on more examples to see if you understood what had been explained by your teacher?  Homework requires you to keep trying your best in order to succeed and not quitting when the task gets tough.

Homework gets easier when you have parents to support you during your work process. While your parents were also in lockdown during the pandemic and could help you with school work, the chances are that having returned to work, your parents are unable to help you to win at your homework now.

If you are working on homework tasks alone, how can you get your homework done perfectly?

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Doing Homework Means Concentrating

“My key to dealing with stress is simple: just stay cool and stay focused.” - Ashton Eaton

Are you the type of student who likes to rush through homework?

Like you, many students hate sitting down after a long school day to complete their homework. In this case, students tend to rush through their homework without concentrating on the task at hand. When you rush through homework just to get it done, it serves no purpose. The homework feels pointless and you may even question the need for the homework in the first place.

Are you rushing through your homework so that you can simply go play?

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Being able to concentrate on your homework will help you to get it done more effectively. (Source: Pexels)

You need to put your best foot forward in terms of your homework so you can reap the true benefit of playing thereafter. Concentration is the key to ensuring that you do the best work possible. When you do your homework with full concentration, you will spend less time studying because you already revised and understood the concepts that will be tested on in  your exams.

What happens if you spend time scrolling through your phone instead of doing homework?

Well, we understand that distraction is possible; however, distraction means a loss of valuable time. You could be spending this time on homework so that you can complete your homework within a set time and then head off to do leisure activities.

Do you spend a bulk amount of time doing a single task without seeing the task to completion? If you get mathematics, Afrikaans, and science homework, are you only getting mathematics completed after sitting with your homework for what seems like countless hours?

It is best to seek outside help if you wish to succeed in getting the task done without spending too much time failing at the task. An expert tutor can guide you to get your homework tasks done perfectly and with full understanding.

If you don’t feel like getting expert help, perhaps pause your progress on the task that seems overwhelming. Move on to tasks that seem less complex so that you can get some of the tasks that you need to get done completed. Dilly dallying on one task could merely mean not getting anything done which is not the point of homework.

If a particular homework task is unclear, you can ask your teacher to assist you with the task. If you are someone who always gets your homework completed, your teacher will be eager to assist if you come with homework that is incomplete because you have not understood the crux of the homework.

Are you in need of tips on how to deal with your homework? Keep reading.

Homework Timetables Helps

“You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make time for it.”  - Charles Buxton

While concentration and focus are of utmost importance when getting your homework done, a set schedule is required in order to ensure that you set aside time to concentrate on the task at hand.

The truth is you may never find the right time to do homework because there are so much more things that you would want to be doing. Well, make homework a commitment and you will commit to it daily. Set a timetable for homework completion for the week so that you can devote enough time to getting your tasks done. Choose a set homework time daily so that you can set one alarm on your phone for the entire week to remind you that homework time has begun.

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It's always good to set aside some time to revise, even if you have no assigned homework. (Source: Pexels)

If you are in high school, you will be fully capable of setting your own timetable for homework. Children younger and those that are in primary school, usually need assistance from parents when it comes to setting aside time during their day or evening to do homework. Remember primary school children are still learning to master the concept of time, therefore parental advice will be best to guide children as to when is the most appropriate hour for homework. Parents will be able to take all the child’s extracurricular activities into account as well.

Primary school children tend to work with a homework diary as well. The homework diary serves as the needed reminder of all the tasks that are due the next day or within the week so that primary school children know what needs to be completed and by when. High school children tend to set their own objectives and are very well capable of following through on these objectives.

Homework Tips for Students

Create the Right Environment for Learning

There are many advantages of having a desk in a quiet room where you can work well using the wall calendar as a guide for which subject has what homework. You are fully able to work at school because the schooling environment is one that is conducive to learning. You can start by creating an environment that is optimal for learning in your home as well. A small homework nook works just as well.

Have all your stationery available at arm's length for easy access. Make sure you have everything you need in your homework corner so that you don't spend unnecessary time during your homework session looking for things.

Find the Incentive to Work on Your Homework

Why are you doing homework in the first place?

You are probably completing your homework so that you don’t get into major trouble the next day at school. This seems like the most likely reason why you are doing homework. The truth is that you are actually doing homework so that your teacher can assist you with concepts that you do not understand. Your teacher is able to see which concepts you have grasped and which concepts you are failing to grasp. Knowing this, however, is still not incentive enough to do your homework. You will be motivated to do your homework if you know that a more concrete reward or something that you like awaits you after you complete your homework. Therefore do your homework so that you can play Play Station for longer than an hour in the evening.

The reward at the end of the homework tunnel will keep you working on your homework.

Get Rid of Distractions

A clean workspace free of distractions means minimal disruptions while you work. You need this sort of space if you want to complete all your homework within that designated time. Get homework done when immediately within the hour that you have set aside to get it done.

Rely on Friends

Let’s admit that doing homework on your own every day can get overwhelming. Homework seems monotonous, especially if you are sitting at your desk alone every afternoon attempting homework in the same subjects daily. Many high school students fully enjoy working with others. They feel that what their teacher teaches them, their peers can explain better. Some learners understand more when a peer helps them.  As much as you can motivate yourself to work, your classmates are great sources of support and motivation to push you towards getting the task done. If you are all completing mathematics homework from home, video call your friends so that you can work together to see who can complete the homework the fastest and best. The friend with all the correct answers and the one who completes the homework the fastest will get a chocolate.

A study group can come in handy when the homework task seems overwhelming. Never doubt the power of a helping hand. Sometimes the helping hand can come in the form of someone your own age.

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While you won't want to copy off one another, doing homework in a group can be good for your motivation. (Source: StockSnap)

Homework Assistance from a Private Tutor

A private tutor or homework help tutor is another great tool to use at your disposal. A homework tutor can help you get the most out of your homework or revision tasks. Having a set time to work with your tutor will also encourage you to get your homework done during this time and set the tone for your homework routine all week.

The tutor can also teach you tips and tricks to get your homework completed quickly and with limited errors. Are you the type of learner who often gets distracted by your smartphone during homework and study time?  Working on homework with a tutor by your side means that you are less likely to be distracted by your smartphone, TV, or social media applications.

If you're looking for private tutors, consider searching for the best tutor for you on the Superprof site.  There are plenty of tutors offering their academic services and many who can help you reap the full benefit of completing homework.

On the Superprof site, many tutors also offer the first lesson for free so you can try several different tutors out before deciding upon the tutor who is the best fit. A private tutor who assists with homework is someone with who you will be interacting almost daily. Therefore make sure that you select only the best tutor for you. A tutor who will make homework seem somewhat fun is the best kind of private tutor to serve the function of enabling you to do your homework properly and with full enjoyment.

Our favourite fictional character Willy Wonka said, "We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams."

Serve as an inspiration to your classmates by showing them that you can come to school with homework done perfectly daily. Making a positive homework statement will bring music to your teacher's ears as well. Eventually, you will realise that all the academic dreams that you have dreamt will come true because instead of dreaming when you were supposed to do your homework, you were doing your homework so that you too could be an achiever of big dreams.

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Laila

Laila is an enthusiastic English educator and a fun-filled freelance writer. She has accomplished her dream of getting her first book published and has managed to write over 1 000 000 words since beginning her freelance career. In her free time, she is a travel blogger who explores all South Africa has to offer.