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30 Tips to Stop Procrastinating and Find Motivation to Do Homework
Updated on January 24, 2023 By Daniel Wong 41 Comments
To stop procrastinating on homework, you need to find motivation to do the homework in the first place.
But first, you have to overcome feeling too overwhelmed to even start.
You know what it feels like when everything hits you at once, right?
You have three tests to study for and a math assignment due tomorrow.
And you’ve got a history report due the day after.
You tell yourself to get down to work. But with so much to do, you feel overwhelmed.
So you procrastinate.
You check your social media feed, watch a few videos, and get yourself a drink. But you know that none of this is bringing you closer to getting the work done.
Does this sound familiar?
Don’t worry – you are not alone. Procrastination is a problem that everyone faces, but there are ways around it.
By following the tips in this article, you’ll be able to overcome procrastination and consistently find the motivation to do the homework .
So read on to discover 30 powerful tips to help you stop procrastinating on your homework.
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How to stop procrastinating and motivate yourself to do your homework.
Procrastination when it comes to homework isn’t just an issue of laziness or a lack of motivation .
The following tips will help you to first address the root cause of your procrastination and then implement strategies to keep your motivation levels high.
1. Take a quiz to see how much you procrastinate.
The first step to changing your behavior is to become more self-aware.
How often do you procrastinate? What kinds of tasks do you tend to put off? Is procrastination a small or big problem for you?
To answer these questions, I suggest that you take this online quiz designed by Psychology Today .
2. Figure out why you’re procrastinating.
Procrastination is a complex issue that involves multiple factors.
Stop thinking of excuses for not doing your homework , and figure out what’s keeping you from getting started.
Are you procrastinating because:
- You’re not sure you’ll be able to solve all the homework problems?
- You’re subconsciously rebelling against your teachers or parents?
- You’re not interested in the subject or topic?
- You’re physically or mentally tired?
- You’re waiting for the perfect time to start?
- You don’t know where to start?
Once you’ve identified exactly why you’re procrastinating, you can pick out the tips in this article that will get to the root of the problem.
3. Write down what you’re procrastinating on.
Students tend to procrastinate when they’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed.
But you might be surprised to discover that simply by writing down the specific tasks you’re putting off, the situation will feel more manageable.
It’s a quick solution, and it makes a real difference.
Give it a try and you’ll be less likely to procrastinate.
4. Put your homework on your desk.
Here’s an even simpler idea.
Many times, the hardest part of getting your homework done is getting started.
It doesn’t require a lot of willpower to take out your homework and put it on your desk.
But once it’s sitting there in front of you, you’ll be much closer to actually getting down to work.
5. Break down the task into smaller steps.
This one trick will make any task seem more manageable.
For example, if you have a history report to write, you could break it down into the following steps:
- Read the history textbook
- Do online research
- Organize the information
- Create an outline
- Write the introduction
- Write the body paragraphs
- Write the conclusion
- Edit and proofread the report
Focus on just one step at a time. This way, you won’t need to motivate yourself to write the whole report at one go.
This is an important technique to use if you want to study smart and get more done .
6. Create a detailed timeline with specific deadlines.
As a follow-up to Point #5, you can further combat procrastination by creating a timeline with specific deadlines.
Using the same example above, I’ve added deadlines to each of the steps:
- Jan 30 th : Read the history textbook
- Feb 2 nd : Do online research
- Feb 3 rd : Organize the information
- Feb 5 th : Create an outline
- Feb 8 th : Write the introduction
- Feb 12 th : Write the body paragraphs
- Feb 14 th : Write the conclusion
- Feb 16 th : Edit and proofread the report
Assigning specific dates creates a sense of urgency, which makes it more likely that you’ll keep to the deadlines.
7. Spend time with people who are focused and hardworking.
Jim Rohn famously said that you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
If you hang out with people who are motivated and hardworking, you’ll become more like them.
Likewise, if you hang out with people who continually procrastinate, you’ll become more like them too.
Motivation to do homework naturally increases when you surround yourself with the right people.
So choose your friends wisely. Find homework buddies who will influence you positively to become a straight-A student who leads a balanced life.
That doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun! It just means that you and your friends know when it’s time to get down to work and when it’s time to enjoy yourselves.
8. Tell at least two or three people about the tasks you plan to complete.
When you tell others about the tasks you intend to finish, you’ll be more likely to follow through with your plans.
This is called “accountability,” and it kicks in because you want to be seen as someone who keeps your word.
So if you know about this principle, why not use it to your advantage?
You could even ask a friend to be your accountability buddy. At the beginning of each day, you could text each other what you plan to work on that day.
Then at the end of the day, you could check in with each other to see if things went according to plan.
9. Change your environment .
Maybe it’s your environment that’s making you feel sluggish.
When you’re doing your homework, is your super-comfortable bed just two steps away? Or is your distracting computer within easy reach?
If your environment is part of your procrastination problem, then change it.
Sometimes all you need is a simple change of scenery. Bring your work to the dining room table and get it done there. Or head to a nearby café to complete your report.
10. Talk to people who have overcome their procrastination problem.
If you have friends who consistently win the battle with procrastination, learn from their experience.
What was the turning point for them? What tips and strategies do they use? What keeps them motivated?
Find all this out, and then apply the information to your own situation.
11. Decide on a reward to give yourself after you complete your task.
“Planned” rewards are a great way to motivate yourself to do your homework.
The reward doesn’t have to be something huge.
For instance, you might decide that after you finish 10 questions of your math homework, you get to watch your favorite TV show.
Or you might decide that after reading one chapter of your history textbook, you get to spend 10 minutes on Facebook.
By giving yourself a reward, you’ll feel more motivated to get through the task at hand.
12. Decide on a consequence you’ll impose on yourself if you don’t meet the deadline.
It’s important that you decide on what the consequence will be before you start working toward your goal.
As an example, you could tell your younger brother that you’ll give him $1 for every deadline you don’t meet (see Point #6).
Or you could decide that you’ll delete one game from your phone for every late homework submission.
Those consequences would probably be painful enough to help you get down to work, right?
13. Visualize success.
Take 30 seconds and imagine how you’ll feel when you finish your work.
What positive emotions will you experience?
Will you feel a sense of satisfaction from getting all your work done? Do you relish the freedom that comes with having some extra time on your hands when you’ve completed your homework?
This simple exercise of visualizing success may be enough to inspire you to start doing your assignment.
14. Visualize the process it will take to achieve that success.
Even more important than visualizing the outcome is visualizing the process it will take to achieve that outcome.
Research shows that focusing on the process is critical to success. If you’re procrastinating on a task, take a few moments to think about what you’ll need to do to complete it.
Visualize the following:
- What resources you’ll need
- Who you can turn to for help
- How long the task will take
- Where you’ll work on the task
- The joy you’ll experience as you make progress
This kind of visualization is like practice for your mind.
Once you understand what’s necessary to achieve your goal, you’ll find that it’s much easier to get down to work with real focus. This is key to doing well in school .
15. Write down why you want to complete the task.
You’ll be more motivated when you’re clear about why you want to accomplish something.
To motivate yourself to do your homework, think about all the ways in which it’s a meaningful task.
So take a couple of minutes to write down the reasons. Here are some possible ones:
- Learn useful information
- Master the topic
- Enjoy a sense of accomplishment when you’ve completed the task
- Become a more focused student
- Learn to embrace challenges
- Fulfill your responsibility as a student
- Get a good grade on the assignment
16. Write down the negative feelings you’ll have if you don’t complete the task.
If you don’t complete the assignment, you might feel disappointed or discouraged. You might even feel as if you’ve let your parents or your teacher – or even yourself – down.
It isn’t wise to dwell on these negative emotions for too long. But by imagining how you’ll feel if you don’t finish the task, you’ll realize how important it is that you get to work.
17. Do the hardest task first.
Most students will choose to do the easiest task first, rather than the hardest one. But this approach isn’t effective because it leaves the worst for last.
It’s more difficult to find motivation to do homework in less enjoyable subjects.
As Brian Tracy says , “Eat that frog!” By this, he means that you should always get your most difficult task out of the way at the beginning of the day.
If math is your least favorite subject, force yourself to complete your math homework first.
After doing so, you’ll feel a surge of motivation from knowing it’s finished. And you won’t procrastinate on your other homework because it will seem easier in comparison.
(On a separate note, check out these tips on how to get better at math if you’re struggling.)
18. Set a timer when doing your homework.
I recommend that you use a stopwatch for every homework session. (If you prefer, you could also use this online stopwatch or the Tomato Timer .)
Start the timer at the beginning of the session, and work in 30- to 45-minute blocks.
Using a timer creates a sense of urgency, which will help you fight off your urge to procrastinate.
When you know you only have to work for a short session, it will be easier to find motivation to complete your homework.
Tell yourself that you need to work hard until the timer goes off, and then you can take a break. (And then be sure to take that break!)
19. Eliminate distractions.
Here are some suggestions on how you can do this:
- Delete all the games and social media apps on your phone
- Turn off all notifications on your phone
- Mute your group chats
- Archive your inactive chats
- Turn off your phone, or put it on airplane mode
- Put your phone at least 10 feet away from you
- Turn off the Internet access on your computer
- Use an app like Freedom to restrict your Internet usage
- Put any other distractions (like food, magazines and books unrelated to your homework) at the other end of the room
- Unplug the TV
- Use earplugs if your surroundings are noisy
20. At the start of each day, write down the two to three Most Important Tasks (MITs) you want to accomplish.
This will enable you to prioritize your tasks. As Josh Kaufman explains , a Most Important Task (MIT) is a critical task that will help you to get significant results down the road.
Not all tasks are equally important. That’s why it’s vital that you identify your MITs, so that you can complete those as early in the day as possible.
What do you most need to get done today? That’s an MIT.
Get to work on it, then feel the satisfaction that comes from knowing it’s out of the way.
21. Focus on progress instead of perfection.
Perfectionism can destroy your motivation to do homework and keep you from starting important assignments.
Some students procrastinate because they’re waiting for the perfect time to start.
Others do so because they want to get their homework done perfectly. But they know this isn’t really possible – so they put off even getting started.
What’s the solution?
To focus on progress instead of perfection.
There’s never a perfect time for anything. Nor will you ever be able to complete your homework perfectly. But you can do your best, and that’s enough.
So concentrate on learning and improving, and turn this into a habit that you implement whenever you study .
22. Get organized.
Procrastination is common among students who are disorganized.
When you can’t remember which assignment is due when or which tests you have coming up, you’ll naturally feel confused. You’ll experience school- and test-related stress .
This, in turn, will lead to procrastination.
That’s why it’s crucial that you get organized. Here are some tips for doing this:
- Don’t rely on your memory ; write everything down
- Keep a to-do list
- Use a student planner
- Use a calendar and take note of important dates like exams, project due dates, school holidays , birthdays, and family events
- At the end of each day, plan for the following day
- Use one binder or folder for each subject or course
- Do weekly filing of your loose papers, notes, and old homework
- Throw away all the papers and notes you no longer need
23. Stop saying “I have to” and start saying “I choose to.”
When you say things like “I have to write my essay” or “I have to finish my science assignment,” you’ll probably feel annoyed. You might be tempted to complain about your teachers or your school .
What’s the alternative?
To use the phrase “I choose to.”
The truth is, you don’t “have” to do anything.
You can choose not to write your essay; you’ll just run the risk of failing the class.
You can choose not to do your science assignment; you’ll just need to deal with your angry teacher.
When you say “I choose to do my homework,” you’ll feel empowered. This means you’ll be more motivated to study and to do what you ought to.
24. Clear your desk once a week.
Clutter can be demotivating. It also causes stress , which is often at the root of procrastination.
Hard to believe? Give it a try and see for yourself.
By clearing your desk, you’ll reduce stress and make your workspace more organized.
So set a recurring appointment to organize your workspace once a week for just 10 minutes. You’ll receive huge benefits in the long run!
25. If a task takes two minutes or less to complete, do it now.
This is a principle from David Allen’s bestselling book, Getting Things Done .
You may notice that you tend to procrastinate when many tasks pile up. The way to prevent this from happening is to take care of the small but important tasks as soon as you have time.
Here are some examples of small two-minute tasks that you should do once you have a chance:
- Replying to your project group member’s email
- Picking up anything on the floor that doesn’t belong there
- Asking your parents to sign a consent form
- Filing a graded assignment
- Making a quick phone call
- Writing a checklist
- Sending a text to schedule a meeting
- Making an online purchase that doesn’t require further research
26. Finish one task before starting on the next.
You aren’t being productive when you switch between working on your literature essay, social studies report, and physics problem set – while also intermittently checking your phone.
Research shows that multitasking is less effective than doing one thing at a time. Multitasking may even damage your brain !
When it comes to overcoming procrastination, it’s better to stick with one task all the way through before starting on the next one.
You’ll get a sense of accomplishment when you finish the first assignment, which will give you a boost of inspiration as you move on to the next one.
27. Build your focus gradually.
You can’t win the battle against procrastination overnight; it takes time. This means that you need to build your focus progressively.
If you can only focus for 10 minutes at once, that’s fine. Start with three sessions of 10 minutes a day. After a week, increase it to three sessions of 15 minutes a day, and so on.
As the weeks go by, you’ll become far more focused than when you first started. And you’ll soon see how great that makes you feel.
28. Before you start work, write down three things you’re thankful for.
Gratitude improves your psychological health and increases your mental strength .
These factors are linked to motivation. The more you practice gratitude, the easier it will be to find motivation to do your homework. As such, it’s less likely that you’ll be a serial procrastinator.
Before you get down to work for the day, write down three things you’re thankful for. These could be simple things like good health, fine weather, or a loving family.
You could even do this in a “gratitude journal,” which you can then look back on whenever you need a shot of fresh appreciation for the good things in your life.
Either way, this short exercise will get you in the right mindset to be productive.
29. Get enough sleep.
For most people, this means getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. And teenagers need 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night to function optimally.
What does sleep have to do with procrastination?
More than you might realize.
It’s almost impossible to feel motivated when you’re tired. And when you’re low on energy, your willpower is depleted too.
That’s why you give in to the temptation of Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube videos more easily when you’re sleep-deprived.
Here are ways to get more sleep , and sleep better too:
- Create a bedtime routine
- Go to sleep at around the same time every night
- Set a daily alarm as a reminder to go to bed
- Exercise regularly (but not within a few hours of bedtime)
- Make your bedroom as dark as possible
- Remove or switch off all electronic devices before bedtime
- Avoid caffeine at least six hours before bedtime
- Use an eye mask and earplugs
30. Schedule appointments with yourself to complete your homework.
These appointments are specific blocks of time reserved for working on a report, assignment, or project. Scheduling appointments is effective because it makes the task more “official,” so you’re more likely to keep the appointment.
For example, you could schedule appointments such as:
- Jan 25 th , 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Math assignment
- Jan 27 th , 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Online research for social studies project
- Jan 28 th , 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Write introduction for English essay
Transform homework procrastination into homework motivation
Procrastination is a problem we all face.
But given that you’ve read all the way to here, I know you’re committed to overcoming this problem.
And now that you’re armed with these tips, you have all the tools you need to become more disciplined and focused .
By the way, please don’t feel as if you need to implement all the tips at once, because that would be too overwhelming.
Instead, I recommend that you focus on just a couple of tips a week, and make gradual progress. No rush!
Over time, you’ll realize that your habit of procrastination has been replaced by the habit of getting things done.
Now’s the time to get started on that process of transformation. 🙂
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January 19, 2016 at 11:53 am
Ur tips are rlly helpful. Thnkyou ! 🙂
January 19, 2016 at 1:43 pm
You’re welcome 🙂
August 29, 2018 at 11:21 am
Thanks very much
February 19, 2019 at 1:38 pm
The funny thing is while I was reading the first few steps of this article I was procrastinating on my homework….
November 12, 2019 at 12:44 pm
same here! but now I actually want to get my stuff done… huh
December 4, 2022 at 11:35 pm
June 6, 2020 at 6:04 am
I love your articles
January 21, 2016 at 7:07 pm
Thanks soo much. It’s almost like you could read my mind- when I felt so overwhelmed with the workload heap I had created for myself by procrastination, I know feel very motivated to tackle it out completely and replace that bad habit with the wonderful tips mentioned here! 🙂
January 21, 2016 at 8:04 pm
I’m glad to help 🙂
January 25, 2016 at 3:09 pm
You have shared great tips here. I especially like the point “Write down why you want to complete the task” because it is helpful to make us more motivated when we are clear about our goals
January 25, 2016 at 4:51 pm
Glad that you found the tips useful, John!
January 29, 2016 at 1:22 am
Thank you very much for your wonderful tips!!! ☺☺☺
January 29, 2016 at 10:41 am
It’s my joy to help, Kabir 🙂
February 3, 2016 at 12:57 pm
Always love your articles. Keep them up 🙂
February 3, 2016 at 1:21 pm
Thanks, Matthew 🙂
February 4, 2016 at 1:40 pm
There are quite a lot of things that you need to do in order to come out with flying colors while studying in a university away from your homeland. Procrastinating on homework is one of the major mistakes committed by students and these tips will help you to avoid them all and make yourself more efficient during your student life.
February 4, 2016 at 1:58 pm
Completely agreed, Leong Siew.
October 5, 2018 at 12:52 am
Wow! thank you very much, I love it .
November 2, 2018 at 10:45 am
You are helping me a lot.. thank you very much….😊
November 6, 2018 at 5:19 pm
I’m procrastinating by reading this
November 29, 2018 at 10:21 am
January 8, 2021 at 3:38 am
March 3, 2019 at 9:12 am
Daniel, your amazing information and advice, has been very useful! Please keep up your excellent work!
April 12, 2019 at 11:12 am
We should stop procrastinating.
September 28, 2019 at 5:19 pm
Thank you so much for the tips:) i’ve been procrastinating since i started high schools and my grades were really bad “F” but the tips have made me a straight A student again.
January 23, 2020 at 7:43 pm
Thanks for the tips, Daniel! They’re really useful! 😁
April 10, 2020 at 2:15 pm
I have always stood first in my class. But procrastination has always been a very bad habit of mine which is why I lost marks for late submission .As an excuse for finding motivation for studying I would spend hours on the phone and I would eventually procrastinate. So I tried your tips and tricks today and they really worked.i am so glad and thankful for your help. 🇮🇳Love from India🇮🇳
April 15, 2020 at 11:16 am
Well I’m gonna give this a shot it looks and sounds very helpful thank you guys I really needed this
April 16, 2020 at 9:48 pm
Daniel, your amazing information and advice, has been very useful! keep up your excellent work! May you give more useful content to us.
May 6, 2020 at 5:03 pm
nice article thanks for your sharing.
May 20, 2020 at 4:49 am
Thank you so much this helped me so much but I was wondering about like what if you just like being lazy and stuff and don’t feel like doing anything and you don’t want to tell anyone because you might annoy them and you just don’t want to add your problems and put another burden on theirs
July 12, 2020 at 1:55 am
I’ve read many short procrastination tip articles and always thought they were stupid or overlooking the actual problem. ‘do this and this’ or that and that, and I sit there thinking I CAN’T. This article had some nice original tips that I actually followed and really did make me feel a bit better. Cheers, diving into what will probably be a 3 hour case study.
August 22, 2020 at 10:14 pm
Nicely explain each tips and those are practical thanks for sharing. Dr.Achyut More
November 11, 2020 at 12:34 pm
Thanks a lot! It was very helpful!
November 15, 2020 at 9:11 am
I keep catching myself procrastinating today. I started reading this yesterday, but then I realized I was procrastinating, so I stopped to finish it today. Thank you for all the great tips.
November 30, 2020 at 5:15 pm
Woow this is so great. Thanks so much Daniel
December 3, 2020 at 3:13 am
These tips were very helpful!
December 18, 2020 at 11:54 am
Procrastination is a major problem of mine, and this, this is very helpful. It is very motivational, now I think I can complete my work.
December 28, 2020 at 2:44 pm
Daniel Wong: When you’re doing your homework, is your super-comfortable bed just two steps away? Me: Nope, my super-comfortable bed is one step away. (But I seriously can’t study anywhere else. If I go to the dining table, my mum would be right in front of me talking loudly on the phone with colleagues and other rooms is an absolute no. My mum doesn’t allow me to go outside. Please give me some suggestions. )
September 19, 2022 at 12:14 pm
I would try and find some noise cancelling headphones to play some classical music or get some earbuds to ignore you mum lol
March 1, 2021 at 5:46 pm
Thank you very much. I highly appreciate it.
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Even if you love school, it can be hard to stay excited about doing homework. Just like with any other kind of work, it’s important to set personal goals and find your own inspiration to keep going. You can also help yourself focus by minimizing distractions and caring for yourself while you work. Finally, organize your time wisely and break your homework up into manageable pieces so it doesn’t feel too overwhelming.
Finding Your Drive and Inspiration
- Give yourself bigger rewards for bigger accomplishments. For example, you might go out for pizza with a friend after handing in an important paper.
- Just make sure you limit yourself to a specific amount of time (like 10 minutes, for example) so that you don’t end up getting totally distracted and wasting a few hours.
Did you know? Researchers in Japan recently discovered that looking at pictures or videos of baby animals before you start working can make you much more productive.  X Trustworthy Source PLOS ONE Online peer-reviewed, open access scientific research journal Go to source So, go ahead and watch a couple of cute kitten videos on YouTube the next time you need to work on a boring assignment. It might help!
- Doing homework with a friend doesn’t necessarily mean collaborating on the same assignments. You can just spend time together while you each do your own work. Only get your parent to help you if you need help.
- Check with your teacher first before working together with a friend on an assignment. They may want you to do the work by yourself.
- For example, if you’re a morning person, try doing your homework right after you eat breakfast.
- If you tend to get distracted while working at your desk at home, experiment with doing your homework in the library or a coffee shop instead.
- Some people also find it helpful to change their routine from time to time. If you find yourself getting bored, try working at a different time from usual or finding a new study space.
- Setting vague goals can lead to frustration. Instead of saying, “I’m going to get all my homework done this week,” try something more specific—e.g., “I’m going to work on my English essay for 1 hour every day this week.”
- For example, maybe you want to get good grades so you can get into your dream college, or possibly you’re working towards an exciting career.
- Doing a good job in your classes can also be its own reward—knowing that you worked hard and did your best is a great self-esteem booster!
Keeping Yourself Focused and Alert
- If you feel physically tense, do some yoga or light stretches before you begin to work.
- Doing breathing exercises can also help you feel more comfortable and alert.
- If you’re not already in comfy clothes, get changed before you start working. This may mean joggers, sweatpants, pjs, shorts, underwear, or even being completely naked. It's your choice.
- You’ll want a place where you can sit comfortably, but don’t get too comfortable. If you do homework in bed or on a cozy couch, you may be tempted to fall asleep!
- If you have to work at home, ask anyone who lives with you to give you a little quiet time while you do your homework.
- If you can’t resist messing around on your phone or visiting time-wasting websites on your computer, consider installing an app or a browser extension that blocks tempting apps and sites.
- Don’t try to work with a TV or radio on. If you listen to music while you do your homework, choose something that’s quiet and not too exciting, like some gentle classical music.
- Whole grains
- Healthy proteins, like fish, beans, or nuts
- Leafy greens
- During your breaks, you can go for a walk, have a snack, do a little meditation , or even put your head down for a quick power nap .
- You can also use your breaks to reward yourself with a fun video or a quick game on your phone.
Did you know? Walking can improve your thinking skills. If you’re feeling stuck on a problem, going for a quick walk or even hopping on a treadmill can help!  X Research source
- For example, if you’ve been working on an essay for an hour or two, take a break and then switch to doing some math problems.
- Don’t try to do more than one task at once, though. Trying to multitask will disrupt your focus and cause you to make more mistakes.
Organizing Your Time Effectively
- Setting a schedule also makes it easier to avoid procrastinating .
- Make sure to schedule in time for breaks and relaxation, too!
Tip: You can avoid unpleasant surprises by writing important dates and deadlines into your schedule. For example, make note of when you have tests or quizzes coming up or when different assignments are due.
- Make an ordered list of all your tasks. Try to prioritize ones that are due soon, count towards a major part of your grade, or seem like they will be the most complicated to complete.
- Put assignments that aren’t due for a while or that you know you can finish quickly and easily at the bottom.
- For example, if you’re writing a big paper, you might break it up into pieces like doing the research, composing a bibliography, writing an outline, drafting the introduction, and so on.
- Productivity apps are helpful for some people, but they’re not for everyone. Make sure you don’t spend so much time worrying about the app that it starts to cut into your homework time!  X Research source
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To find the motivation to do your homework, give yourself small rewards after you accomplish a goal, like a 5 minute video after finishing a reading assignment. For larger accomplishments, like completing an important paper, give yourself a bigger reward, like going out for pizza with friends. You can also try giving yourself a treat, like a scoop of ice cream or 10 minutes to text your best friend, before you begin working to lift your mood and make you more productive. If you have a friend who won’t distract you, see if they want to do homework together so you can keep each other on track. To learn how to pick the best time and place to do your homework, keep reading! Did this summary help you? Yes No
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How to Get Motivated to Do Homework – 7 Super Secret Tips
“Confidence and Hard-Work are the best medicine to kill the disease called failure. It will make you a successful person.”- A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
If you want to succeed in every aspect of life, you need to be confident and hard-working. As a student, you need to do hard work in your academics to achieve your desired goals. But sometimes, few students fail to perform in their academics due to various reasons.
One of the primary reasons is they do not take their homework seriously. Homework or assignment is a vital part of a student’s academic knowledge.
Thus, are you also fed up with your homework? Do you lack the motivation to do your homework? Don’t Worry! I’m here to help you. I will answer your question about How to get motivated to do Homework.
Well, this is a significant problem nowadays. Due to pandemics, students become lazier to do their homework. Many students love school but do not want to do homework.
However, to get motivated to do homework, you have to distribute your work or manage your work in pieces, so you don’t feel embarrassed.
In this blog, I will mention some tricks and tips on How to get motivated to do homework. With the best state of mind, tricks and tips, you will quickly be able to increase mind memory even on the least exciting work.
How To Get Motivated to Do Homework – 7 Super Secret Tips
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Here in this section, we listed 7 super secret tips on how to get motivated to do homework:
1. Select a Comfortable Location to Study
A lot of people, including essay writer , believe that the location of doing assignments affects learning motivation. One should adjust the area to his particular case. Some people find it easier to do homework in the school library, where the necessary literature exists.
Most people find it more comfortable to lock themselves up to study at the table in their room. Thus, if you can not feel yourself tuned to homework, try new areas; changing the landscape outside the window will surely hit the desire to do tasks. Find your perfect location and complete your home tasks effectively.
2. Set a Goal and Establish Reward Time
Set the goals, so you remember them. Split complex assignments into littler parts and set an objective for each part. Give yourself an award after you finish each part, similar to 10 minutes off, a treat, or even a speedy computer game. You will rapidly figure out how to be inspired to do schoolwork with remunerations.
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3. Keep Results in Mind
If you need to figure out how to get motivated to do schoolwork, you have to figure out how to estimate the results of your activities. Do you need a few low evaluations? Do you need your colleagues to poke fun at you? Would you like to lose your confidence?
Most likely not; this is the reason you have to devote some time and exertion to getting your work done each day. You’ll get a lot of spare time after you finish it.
4. Study Buddy
Working with a companion can make schoolwork increasingly agreeable. You and your mate can likewise help keep each other motivated. Ensure you pick a companion who is not kidding about completing their work with the goal that you don’t wind up messing about and diverting from each other.
Doing schoolwork with a companion doesn’t mean working together on similar assignments. You can simply get to know each other while you each accomplish your work.
Check with your instructor first before cooperating with a companion on a task. They may need you to accomplish the work without anyone else. It is one of the best tips for how to get motivated to do homework.
5. Do Some Physical Exercise
Deal with your physical needs before working. It’s difficult to focus on schoolwork in case you’re faded out, hungry, or awkward. Attempt to get a lot of rest on the off chance that you realize you’ll need to do a lot of schoolwork the following day, and don’t attempt to take a shot at an unfilled stomach or with a full bladder!
Doing breathing activities can likewise assist you with feeling progressively excellent and alert.
In case you’re not in a comfortable manner, get changed before you begin working. This may mean joggers, workout pants, PJs, shorts, clothing, or in any event, being stripped. It’s your decision.
6. Take Breaks While You Work
It is one of the best tips for how to get motivated to do homework. You’ll get exhausted and lose concentration rapidly if you attempt to work excessively long without a break. Have a go at laboring for an hour to 90 minutes and afterward take a 15-minute break. This will allow your drained mind to rest and recharge.
During your breaks, you can take a walk, have a tidbit, do a little reflection, or even put your head down for a brisk force snooze.
You can likewise utilize your breaks to compensate yourself with a pleasant video, or a fast game on your mobile.
7. Listen to Music
While working on homework, music is the best thing to stay motivated toward homework. You have to listen to soft music like calm music, and relaxing music. It helps you increase your concentration power and makes you interested in your schoolwork.
Moreover, you have to listen to music at a low volume, not loud. One of the best pieces of music is instrumental music because it has no lyrics. It is one of the best tips for how to get motivated to do homework.
How Do You Do Homework When You Can’t Focus?
If you can’t focus on your work, you will continue asking yourself, for what reason am I awful at doing schoolwork? But, this shouldn’t be the situation by any stretch of the imagination.
Some Points to Stay Focused
- Take some cappuccino to stimulate the mind.
- Change the environment for a while.
- Take a cold shower before work
- Listen to the favorite playlist, then start work.
- Likely 30-minute rest is suggested
- Go to a calm room and settle there
Let’s now discuss why a student does not want to do homework.
5 Reasons Why Students Does Not Want To Do Homework
- Lack of understanding of homework
- The work is boring or rote
- The assignment is too complex and requires too much work
- Students don’t see the point of homework.
- They believe that they are not proficient in doing homework
How to stop procrastinating your homework?
Well, this is an important question. Many students delay their homework and complete it at the very last minute. This is very common. Following are some ways you can use to stop avoiding your homework.
1. Prioritizing Your Plan
Prepare a strategy to do your homework. It may seem terrifying to think about all the tasks to accomplish, but you can stop yourself from avoiding homework by setting priorities.
Make sure to organize your study timetable. If you are doing any mathematics degree you might need assistance with math homework help. If so then get the best math homework help now.
2. Gather All Necessary Resources
Collect all the material required for your homework. It saves your time as well as you don’t need to look here and there to complete your task.
3. Understand the value of Homework
Teachers assign homework to the students to revise all the things taught in the classroom. But, students do not know the significance and value of their assignments.
They think homework is irrelevant. If they understand the importance of their homework, they will find it interesting and never feel bored while doing homework.
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All in all, homework plays a vital role in each student’s academic life. However, in this blog, we learned how to get motivated to do homework. The above tips help you to stay motivated toward your homework. So, Good Luck! All the best for your future.
Q1. What Is Homework Spelled Backwards?
Does homework spelled backward translate to ‘child abuse’ in Latin? Is it true, Well according to the research, it is totally fake, there is no truth regarding homework spelled backwards actually translates to “child abuse” in Latin language. On the other hand, “ krowemoh ” is not a latin word, because word “W” does not exist in latin language
Q2. What Does Homework Stand For?
The most common acronym that is associated with Homework is – Half Of My Energy Wasted On Random Knowledge.
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Motivation to Do Homework: 5 Basic Steps Tested by Time
+5 advanced tips you should study to get motivated, reasons why many students fail to succeed.
The National Center for Education Statistics reported that approximately 80% of students who were high school freshmen applied for postsecondary education four years later during the last decade.
It means our education is not stuck – it progresses. People have to be motived in both learning and work environment to show the expected results. Without a powerful motivation to do homework, students will not memorize the most critical parts of the studied lessons. In this article, we try to find how to get motivated to do homework assignments.
“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you stay in the same place.” Nora Roberts
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- Think about each academic failure (low grade, failure to complete test on time) as another stimulating factor. Great people of all times used to think failure gives us a stimulus to try harder. Put new learning goal, and collect resources to achieve them – the next time, you must be better than your classmates!
- Many students wonder how to get motivated for homework if they have no idea of the studied subject. There is no way to handle Physics & Chemistry assignments if you have no pure interest being a humanitarian oriented student who prefers Literature or History. In this case, it is better to find several free examples of writing assignments online or guides. Didyou know that we have many useful blogs on how to write a definition essay or rhetorical analysis essay and many other homework assignments? Check and get inspired!
- Dedicate your time to reading the quotes of famous people that get students motivated to study.
Example: “Do your homework so you can listen to the answers and react to them and ask follow-ups. Prepare.” Jim Lehrer, an American journalist & novelist
- Change the way you view the term. Find good reasons why teachers assign tasks to their students and try to think about personal advantages that you get when learning. Keep in mind every school subject may play a role in your future development.
- Plan your working hours. Decide on what working hours of the day are the most productive based on your personal academic/work experience. Develop an effective timetable to follow.
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Are you asking, “How do I get motivated to do my homework?” We would like you to get acquainted with five more useful ways to challenge this problem.
- Use Pomodoro technique . The best way to get organized is to set a timer every day, trying to have the particular assignments done by 20-30 minutes. It would be a good idea to take 10-minute breaks.
- Use positive therapies while studying . One of the best ways to understand how to get yourself motivated to do homework is to write inspiring words like “I can make it through,” or “I can submit my assignments on time.”
- Make up a unique learning style . Some students study well thanks to the great audio memory; other students prefer visualizing everything they study to keep in mind the lessons learned. Use graphic organizers to represents ideas and data. Close your eyes to visualize the learning material; try to come up with several associations to recall the information in school. Here we have more ideas on homw to make homework fun .
- Get ready with the rewards once you are finished . You will be more motivated after you introduce your personal way to reward yourself each time you finish a particular task. Make a list of the rewards you can afford to buy (e.g., cookies, candies, chocolate bars, key locks, soft toys, CDs, magazines, bags, clothing, etc.)
- Do not blame your teachers for your pitfalls . It is better to take some time to analyze the major reasons why you obtained F grade or failed to achieve the highest score on your English Language & Literature quiz. Think how to get better grades and improve your performance.
That is not everything you need to learn to understand how to get motivated to do homework. Find the main reasons why many school & college students refuse to do their assignments in the paragraph below.
“It's not the load that breaks you down; it's the way you carry it.” ― Lou Holtz, an American football player, coach, and analyst.
If you want to respond to the question, “How to get motivated to do homework,” it is important to keep in mind the main reasons why some students fail to handle their school/college assignments.
- There is no way to learn how to get motivated for homework if this learning process does not make any sense to you. One of the best reasons to get motivated is the fact good students enter the most prestigious universities, meaning they will obtain highly-paid jobs. Isn’t it worth trying.
- Students do not always write down the instructions. They come home to find out they have no idea how to get motivated to do homework and solve the problems/cases they do not understand. Another similar problem is the lack of attention + listening abilities.
- Students dislike some school/college subjects (for example, children who prefer precise sciences do not like History or Religious Studies). They want to spend time on things they find interesting and underestimate homework importance .
- Students are not paid!
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How to Stay Motivated in High School
1. prioritize assignments.
The key to success in school is staying focused on your coursework. Make a list to get an overall picture of your workload before you start to tackle any of it. Then, make a plan.
It's best to prioritize your more challenging and time-consuming assignments. Although it’s tempting to work on the simplest tasks first, you'll be able to manage your schedule better if you start with the ones that take more time and effort to accomplish.
To determine what your priorities are, rank your assignments in order of importance. Then, rearrange your time and devote more energy toward those assignments that have the greatest impact on your overall coursework and your grades. For more involved projects, you'll need to plot out work time over several weeks.
For example, even though all homework assignments are important, studying for a midterm exam takes priority over writing a paragraph for English class. As you complete each task, think of it as another step on your way to success in college.
However, don't let a task fall through the cracks just because it seems "less important." Remember that all assignments must be completed regardless of the impact on your grades.
By tackling your more difficult and time-consuming studies first, you’ll find yourself feeling more motivated to complete the easier assignments that lie ahead. Think of it as descending from the peak of a mountain rather than struggling to scale one.
2. Set Attainable Goals in Smaller Chunks
If you're having trouble writing a 25-page paper for class because it seems like such a big task, stop focusing on that final page count. Break the paper down into its subsections, and focus on each one individually.
It’s much easier to stay motivated and stop procrastinating by setting goals in smaller, more attainable chunks. It’s also a lot easier on your mental health.
3. Create New Challenges
Changing your approach can help you stay interested in what you’re doing. Some high school assignments tend to feel formulaic after a while, and you may end up feeling like you’re just going through the motions. This can cause you to feel demotivated and drained. Change things up to challenge yourself.
For example, if last semester you wrote a narrative piece in your creative writing class, maybe try writing a poem this time. If you wrote a book report on a biography last time around, try picking another subject you haven’t tackled, such as history.
If your eyes are hurting from staring at your math textbook all night, go online and try to find videos from lively instructors who take another approach to solving math problems.
4. Find a Social Support Network
You are surrounded by people who want to see you succeed, so don’t be afraid to ask for help! Mentors can be teachers, family friends, or even your school counselors. They are there to help you reach your goals and can help you create a study plan that works for you.
Try reaching out to your friends and peers in school as well, and see if you can all bring together a focused study group. Sometimes, it can even be healthy to vent your frustrations to others as a way of clearing your head.
5. Acknowledge Your Accomplishments
Praising yourself for the things you’ve accomplished is a great way to spark motivation. Give yourself a quick reward when you complete an assignment or task. Perhaps you can turn your phone off and only turn it back on once you’ve completed your work. Or reward yourself by taking a walk or getting a snack—whatever works for you. Then move on to the next project.
How can I make studying fun?
There are many ways to make studying fun. For one, you can reward yourself every time you attain a study goal. Did you memorize all of your biology notecards? Time for a slice of pizza. Did you finally hammer down that complicated math equation? Call your friend to talk about it and celebrate.
Probably the most fun way to study is by forming a study group with your friends and classmates. You can bounce ideas off each other and help each other better understand concepts. But be warned: This can be a double-edged sword. If your group doesn’t create a focused and concrete plan for the study session beforehand, you may end up procrastinating more than studying.
How can I stay motivated to complete homework?
Break down your study goals into smaller, more attainable chunks. Instead of panicking over the final page count for a long essay, take on each subtopic in the essay individually, and overcome them one by one.
Another way to stay motivated to complete your homework is to tie a carrot to the end of the stick, so to speak. For example, you can tell yourself, “Once I finish this assignment, and only when I’ve finished this assignment, I can hang out with my friends or play video games.”
Of course, you can also motivate yourself to complete your homework by thinking about how your accomplishment will positively benefit your future. You can think along the lines of, “If I stop procrastinating on this homework assignment and finish it now, I’ll get a better grade in class. If I get a better grade in class, my overall GPA will be higher, and I will look better on my college applications!”
Why do students lose interest in high school?
Students tend to lose interest and motivation in high school for many reasons, including feeling that they're not in a supportive environment, feeling that they’re just going through the motions, or simply feeling burnt out from everything they're doing in their busy lives.
The best way to combat all these negative emotions is to re-spark your love of learning and your motivation to do well. Refer to our five tips for staying motivated in high school when you need help fighting back against discouraging feelings.
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Students often feel the burden of studies and lack the motivation to complete assignments. They get demotivated and feel lethargic to start an assignment. They overthink the situation as the assignment is lengthy and will never get completed in time. Therefore, they lack the courage to begin the assignment. In this scenario, nothing in this world can make the student complete the assignment, if the student is not willing to work hard.
Motivation is an internal grudge of taking things up, an internal encouragement to push oneself to complete any task. Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation are the keys to success to students , especially when it comes to completing a lengthy assignment. Teachers and parents play a major role in motivating and encouraging students. However, it is up to them to motivate themselves and get started with the assignment:
Procrastinating or delaying things is a major drawback of overthinking or being lazy. A student should never postpone anything, it will make them take up this habit for future and make them temporize things. A student must find out the reason behind procrastinating and then work upon that. The common reason may be that the student is afraid of the hard work needed to complete the assignment or the student is weak in that respective subject. Whatever be the reason, procrastinating must be strictly avoided.
Plan the Assignment
The assignment can be broken down into different parts, and work can be allotted to different days as per the time available. It is very interesting that making a routine and adhering to that routine motivates any student. The long scary assignment can be easily separated and completed by doing little work each day. With the gradual completion of the assignment, students will get motivated and feel optimistic. A student must set small achievable targets and achieve those targets and slowly complete the assignment.
Rewards with the Progression
A student must create a routine along with the steps of tasks to be completed each day. After the task of each day is complete, students must relax and recreate themselves. This will make them feel more joyful, and their brain will enjoy completing an assignment. It will result in a complete change of attitude towards assignment. The student will never feel demotivated for an assignment and take the task quite joyfully.
Gain Thorough Knowledge
The student should not aim for just completing an assignment. The motivation is to gain enough knowledge and understand that part of curriculum very well. The students must have a deep understanding of the topic before actually writing the assignment. Memorizing the topic may not help for future endeavors. Therefore, students must understand the concept. Teachers and tutors may be consulted for any doubts and questions.
A student will not feel motivated all the time. One of the best ways to feel motivated is not to feel the effects of lack of motivation. Therefore, study routine is needed as systems can beat motivation to do something. The brain exercise creates a routine, and with the routine, a student becomes more consistent and flexible. A student will be able to finish assignments on time and feel motivated enough to complete the assigned tasks.
Take Time to Relax
It is necessary to give enough time for relaxation. It will make the brain work calmly and does not make students exhausted. After studying for long hours, short breaks are important. It avoids boredom and students feel refreshed. The students do not feel the shortage of time and feel lethargic. They can also finish their assigned work on time.
The students must concentrate on their tasks, rather than wasting time resolving things. A study environment must be created for proper studying, and therefore a student must focus on their assignments. The routine will help them to take time for recreational activities and relax, but more time should be dedicated towards studies. The students must give quality time to complete their assignments, as distractions may waste their time and ultimately the students may feel the shortage of time.
Students should possess the challenging attitude, and a lengthy assignment should be as a challenge, rather than a threat. The assignment can be viewed as an opportunity to showcase their knowledge and talent and achieve good grades in return. A student should also be motivated by the peers, and they can together take up a bet to complete the assignment against a treat. This creates the sense of competition among students, and they feel more energetic to complete an assignment.
Lack of motivation or urge to complete any task comes from many factors like procrastination, feeling lazy and a shortage of time. Students should focus on their studies and make it a part of their routine to complete the assignment. They should build small steps and achieve them so that they can eventually complete an assignment. It boosts the self-confidence of students and makes them motivated for completing any task. Complete your assignments in time with professional help from TopAssignmentExperts .
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Katie Azevedo January 4, 2021 focus , good habits , homework , motivation , procrastination , productivity , time management
By Katie Azevedo, M.Ed.
It’s hard to get and stay motivated to do things we don’t enjoy. For many of us, this includes homework. Here I share 5 homework motivation tips to help you get through the moments when you’re less than inspired.
5 homework motivation tips for when you’re just not feelin’ it
Tip 1: create a structured homework schedule..
When we are in class, either in-person or online, we are committed to a specific and regimented period of time during which we are expected to work. If you’re often more motivated to work hard during class than when you’re doing your homework, the reason might be that you’re subconsciously more engaged by the time constraints. Use this knowledge to your advantage and create a structured homework schedule for each day of the week. Map it out using Google Calendar or a paper-based template .
Tip 2: Write all your assignments down so you can cross them off.
One of the simplest homework motivation tips is to write things down just so you can cross them off to feel accomplished. Many of us get psychologically stimulated when we can physically see our progress, and using an assignment notebook allows us to not only keep ourselves organized (come on, you should be writing down your assignments anyways!) but also gives you the chance to see all you’ve accomplished.
Tip 3: Schedule breaks and fun.
All work and no play is a huge motivation killer. To make your homework time more tolerable, schedule something to look forward to. The key is to be specific about what you plan – the more specific you are, the more your brain will be able to visualize it and be motivated by it. For example, don’t just plan to watch a movie after you do your homework; instead, plan out which movie, which snacks, which blanket to curl up in, etc.
Tip 4: Get a good study playlist.
Listening to music while studying isn’t for everyone. If it’s not for you, then recognize and accept it. If you can handle listening to music while you study, I suggest something non-lyrical (you don’t want to compete with your brain’s language centers) or a least something that isn’t cognitively stimulating (we are all cognitively stimulated by something different, so play around with genres to find your sweet spot).
Of course, the whole point of this homework motivation tip is to use music as a motivation tool, so you want the music to be stimulating in a sense, but not in the way that you can’t stop singing to the music when you should be writing your essay. The website ( Noisli ) is cool for creating your own mix of focus-based background sounds.
Tip 5: Have the right “homework people.”
We don’t go to the mechanic for medical advice, or to the banker for workout inspiration. So make sure you know who to turn to (and avoid!) for homework motivation. We all have friends who make us feel a certain way, right? We have our party-in-a-box friend, our chill movie-night friend, our tell-everything-to friend, and the friend we like to go on walks with.
If you’re struggling to stay motivated to do your homework, then don’t talk about school with your friend who’s always complaining about classes. Don’t seek studying advice from the friend who has more TikTok followers than completed homework assignments. Instead, find just one or two people who have a consistently positive outlook about school, and then see what you can learn from them and let them inspire you when your homework motivation is low.
Final notes on homework motivation
Keep in mind that motivation isn’t a fixed state. It goes up and it goes down, depending on a zillion different factors that we can’t always predict or control. These 5 homework motivation tips are meant to help give you a boost during those temporary lulls when you find it hard to get through your work, even when you know you have to. If you are dealing with a particularly boring task, use these tips .
Important: If your low motivation is chronic and pervasive – meaning that you are almost always unmotivated to things besides just homework – then you might have something different going on, such as anxiety or depression. If this sounds like you, then seek advice from a counselor, parent or a doctor.
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Do you put the “pro” in procrastinate?
In truth, we’ve all experienced how difficult it feels just to start. So we tend to ignore it and focus on something more fun instead. But then, before we realize, a project that at first seemed manageable now appears next to impossible to complete.
So we go into a deadline-induced panic.
Even if you think you work well under stress and pressure in college, you probably still feel the overwhelming sense of anxiety that accompanies procrastination, whether or not you meet that looming deadline.
But if you want to break your procrastination habit, you can. It’s fixable. All you need is a solid support system and a few clever productivity tactics to keep your self-discipline and focus in check.
So instead of falling into the frantic last-minute cycle again , use this list of tools and strategies to push ahead and finish what needs to be done.
1. Play That Music
Music boosts your energy and keeps you alert. So if you are distracted by the slightest of sounds in a usually quiet atmosphere, music can drown out any spontaneous interruptions. It also has a powerful effect on your mood and recall. When you select the right song to play while studying, writing a paper or posting in the discussion board, the tune can trigger your memory.
2. Find a Study Buddy
If you find it difficult to sit down and create a study guide for your next exam, team up with a few classmates to draft a master study guide. Assign each person a section to work on. Perhaps one of your teammates has a better understanding of the material in a specific section and can help you better grasp the concepts. Then, combine everyone’s work for a complete and comprehensive guide.
3. Grab Your Phone
Use your smartphone to your advantage. Make use of those awkward segments of time throughout the day when you may have a 10-minute opening. Waiting for your kid to finish soccer practice? Have a couple minutes before your meeting starts? Study anytime by loading your notes onto your phone or turning them into digital, on-the-go flashcards.
4. Make It Fun
It’s ok to face it - we avoid tasks because they seem boring. The easiest way to fix this is to make those tasks fun. For example, if you are writing a paper, invite a friend who might have their own work to do to join you at a coffee shop. Or recruit your kids to quiz you on your study material. Your kids will love helping (and they’ll learn something too!).
5. Take Advantage of Web Apps
Writing apps like Hemingway and Grammarly can ease the process of writing papers by helping you write more clearly. Think of these apps as your own personal writing coach. As you write, the app identifies hard to read sentences, as well as awkward phrasing, and promotes better word choices.
6. Set an Alarm
Not just any alarm. One programmed to tell you what you need to do and how it will impact your day. Think, “start working on your paper now and you’ll be able to go to a movie.” If you ignore that one, then set another saying, “if you start your paper now, you can watch an hourlong drama,” and so on. This type of self-reward system can help you better manage your time and still fulfill your wants later on.
7. Recruit a Supervisor
Being accountable to someone is often the drive we need to kick us into gear. Use a similar tactic to ensure your schoolwork is done on time. Ask someone to check on your progress periodically to assure you’re staying on task. This someone can be your spouse, a friend or even your children. Choose wisely, though. You want someone who is serious about helping and won’t try to bother you while you are working. Your teenaged son or daughter will probably be very good at checking up on you and keeping you on task. Maybe even too good.
8. Do Your Least Favorite Work First
When you do your least favorite work first, you will increase your confidence and decrease your stress levels. And, naturally, avoid procrastination later on. Finishing the largest item on your to-do list will give you the productivity boost you need to do other assignments you may have pushed aside.
9. Change Your Perspective
Are things just not right in your usual study space ? Or do you just not like it anymore? Maybe it’s too loud, too quiet, too dark or just too hot. Consider making a change. Try working in your local coffee shop, in a community library or a nearby park. The change in scenery and perspective will impact your productivity for the better.
Written by Thomas Edison State University
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10 Tips for Homework Motivation
Posted by Staff | May 14, 2013 | Uncategorized
For the Kid Who Hates Homework: 10 Tips Worth Trying
Not surprisingly, there are many young people out there in the world who do not get excited about doing homework. This reaction is quite understandable since none of us adults like having to do homework either. For many this is truly a frustrating situation. Since the school can’t make kids do their homework it naturally falls onto the shoulders of the people at “home” — aka the parents. These are the same parents who have a hard time getting said child out the door to catch the bus and to help clean up after dinner. These are the same parents who often work full-time jobs and are tired at the end of the day. If you are one of those parents and have one of those students who resists homework here are a few strategies you can implement:
1. Some students lie about having homework to avoid doing it. If the following conversation sounds familiar, you may need to set-up a string operation.
Mom: “Jeremy do you have any homework?” Jeremy: “No.” Mom: “Really?” Jeremy: “No we didn’t get any today..” (note: Jeremy is lying)
This conversation goes on around millions of homes worldwide everyday. If you find out your child has been lying to you (which they will deny and blame the lack of information on the teacher) then it is time to set up a sting operation. You can often check teacher’s websites for homework due dates and information on upcoming tests and projects. Calling their teachers the day before also works to provide you with ample information. Every time say they don’t have homework and you know they do, you can take something away from them such as a dollar or their game controllers or phones. Go for whatever causes the most pain. Give them their items, which you likely paid for, back only when they can show you the completed assignment. Be sure to pick a strategy you can live with and be prepared to go head-to-head for a long time because some children are stubborn and will go all year without games to avoid doing homework.
2. Get on top of the work. Set up a standard time everyday to check in and review what is due before your child gets started on his/her tasks. Your child should be able to tell you what assignments are due each day. Kids can record their assignments in a planner or even take pictures of it each day on their phones. Set up a time in the evening to check your child’s homework and verify that it has been completed. You may also want to collect cell phones and iTouches at this time to ensure no late night conversations are happening.
3. Chunk the homework so it is manageable. Consider buying a timer so your child can take a break every 15 minutes. A typical homework plan could look similar to this 4:00-5:00 TV/snack…. 5:00-5:15 Chemistry …5 minute break …5:20-5:35 Spanish Vocab…. 5 minute break …etc…. Kids with ADD/ADHD often do better with frequent breaks. The key here is that the student has want this type of structure and be willing to follow through on it.
4. Keep up with Engrade or your school’s grading program nightly. While these grading systems are far from perfect they do help keep the zeros at bay. Zeros are grade killers and should be avoided at all costs. Do not get upset with teachers for not letting you know when your child is not turning in homework; most high school teachers are working with over 120 plus student per day.
5. Give your child space to do their homework anyway they see fit for a few weeks — for example, in front of the TV while texting friends. Be prepared because they will find ways to study that challenge even the most resolute parent. If they successfully get their work done then let them keep their unique study method. However if their grades suffer then you get to decide on the environment.
6. Be prepared to let your child suffer the consequences of their actions. For example if they fail a class then sitting through summer school one time may motivate them to pass their courses in the future. This is also a life lesson and better learned before they move back home with you in their 30’s because they can’t hold a job and blame everyone else for their circumstances.
7. Work with your child on establishing a plan for the future. Many of the most zealous students are motivated because they have a goal in mind and they know where they are headed whether it is a college or career path. Rarely are they motivated by their undying love for learning Chemistry equations. The ability to help kids plan long-term and delay gratification is a life skill worth investing both time and energy into cultivating.
8. Consider sending your student away to summer camp and/or having them get a job. For summer camp the “away” part is really important because it is in those moments when we don’t have anyone else to support us that we learn to support ourselves. Peers and bosses have a great way of cutting through procrastination and excuses because they won’t put up with either.
9. Do your best to avoid engaging emotionally so you don’t end up in a power struggle. Teenagers ALWAYS win power struggles with their parents because they have way more time and energy to devote to them. Most parents work and are preoccupied with other things. Keep in mind it is natural for any person to resist someone else having control over them. If your student feels like they are being controlled then they are going to do their best to fight back even if fighting means being passive or failing a class to show you they are in control.
10. Find things to compliment your child on. Most teenagers love their parents very much and really want to please them. Academics may not be easy for them, and our society places a whole lot of emphasis on grades. This culture of hyper academic emphasis can lead to low self-esteem for those who don’t excel at school. Find a few other avenues for them to succeed and earn recognition from you.
11. You can be a role model by doing things you don’t want to do like cleaning the kitchen and mowing the lawn. Always explain why doing these things is important. Help your child realize that life is going to require them to do things they don’t want to do like homework. Teach them that they can pick their attitude even when they can’t pick anything else.
Believe it or not, many teachers don’t love homework either. Grading assignments is one of their least favorite parts of the job. Teachers often have reasons for assigning the work other than to start a war in your home. For example, writing every night improves a child’s writing skills the same way doing math every night improves math skills. Ultimately teachers want your child to pass. Some will even give up their lunch periods to work with students.
12. If all else fails, hire professional help. Utilizing tutors is one way great students stay on top. Sometimes having the material explained a totally different way makes all the difference to understanding a concept.
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