In general, homework isn’t a lot of fun. There is often a lot of repetition of things involved so as to actually stamp that information into the brain. That’s because we need to get from recognition to recall (two things that might seem like they’re the same thing but are not). Still, there are ways to make it far more enjoyable than it is on its own.
Here are some of the best ways you can use to make your homework more enjoyable – so that time will go that bit faster and you’ll remember that bit more.
The first step to getting through your homework is to stop looking at it as a big pile. It’s a bit like when you go hiking. You don’t want to think about the whole mountain as that’s too big. Instead, you want to think about the next step or stage, which is far more manageable.
Don’t think ‘I have to write this 5000 word essay’ followed by a whole range of explicatives about how unfair that is and how it’s impossible. Instead, think ‘I am going to now spend thirty minutes on this essay’. That’s a far more manageable task.
Let your imagination roam
One of the biggest problems with homework is that you don’t see the point of it. ‘Why is this relevant?’ you ask yourself. That’s an understandable reaction as often the information is dry and hard to relate to your life experience.
The solution? Have fun with it. Consider how you might be able to use the stuff that you’re learning somewhere in the future. Perhaps you can think of a job where it might be relevant, or a story you can work it into, or a date you can impress. Who knew that knowing all the capitals of African countries could be so useful?
A lot of people think that letting your imagination roam as you study means you’re getting distracted. That can be true if you only end up day dreaming and you don’t get any studying done. If, on the other hand, you manage to reign yourself in and return to the books after a few minutes, what you’ll instead find yourself doing is connecting the material to your own life. And that will make it far more entertaining and far more memorable besides.
Use the tools available
Yes, the internet is full of distractions. At the same time, there are also a huge number of useful tools on there as well. For example, if you find that you can’t concentrate because you can’t stop checking your social media then why not install FocusBooster or similar app, where you can set it to block certain websites for a certain amount of time.
Alternatively, there are a lot of apps that give you writing help. Check out this list of the top writing services to help you out. Other useful tools are things like Grammarly and the Hemmingway app, which will help you with grammar and sentence length respectively.
Something else I can heartily advice is Evernote to store all the useful stuff that you find online in. In that way, you’ll have easy access to it later.
The great thing about using these kinds of apps is that you can get rid of some of the hard work that is involve in learning and offload it to these devices. In that way, you can focus on the actual task of getting it inside your head and doing so more effectively.
Do it together
Studying with other people can make it far easier to both retain what you’re learning as well as keep going for much longer. Of course, you do need to find the right people to study with. Still, if you find them and engage with each other about what you’re studying you can make it a lot more fun.
Try creating little tests that you can run through. Perhaps you can use flashcards to memorize vocabulary or difficult concepts. Alternatively, you can read different sections of the same textbook and explain them to each other.
If you find yourself often getting distracted, don’t be afraid to set some kind of timer with the agreement that you will study what you’re supposed to study at least till the timer runs out. You might want to set it for four hours from now, but it might be more effective to only set it for an hour at a time with room for a short break in between to socialize, check who liked what and get a snack.
Learning can be fun. I hated it when I was in school and grew to love it later. Now I still do it freely and willingly every day. That’s because I’ve found that growing as an individual is one of the most exciting things I can do and to do that I need to learn.