How To Prioritize Your Schoolwork14 April 2015
Does managing your life and getting your homework assignments done seem like an extreme balancing act? While the task of getting homework done in a timely manner can be daunting, it’s much easier with a little organization and preparation.
Have A Master Plan
Write down your assignments in a master log as soon as you get them. This way, you have all your assignments accounted for and can double check to make sure they all get done. You can also check off the assignment as soon as you complete it for that extra feeling of accomplishment.
Crunch The Numbers
First, estimate how much time you can reserve for homework each day. Then, estimate the total amount of time you will need to complete each assignment. Don’t forget to take every part of the assignment into consideration, including extra research that you may need to do beforehand.
Slowly Break Down Your Schedule
To break down your schedule into daily tasks, you’ll need to break them down into monthly, and then weekly tasks first. Then, you can figure out what to do day-to-day. While you are doing this, prioritize the earliest deadlines and more difficult assignments. Don’t forget to plan enough time for breaks and leave some extra time for miscellaneous assignments that may come up. Try to break it up and plan enough in advance so that you don’t have to fit everything into one day and cause excessive stress.
Stick To The Plan
While you are doing your homework, pay attention to patterns. Think about when your brain feels the clearest and most focused during the day, and do your most difficult or complex assignments during those times of the day.
Try to eliminate distractions while you are doing homework. Don’t do other things like watch TV or text when you are working on assignments. It could cause you to lose focus and take much longer on each assignment. You may even want to turn your phone off while you study to help with concentration.
When you start working on the homework plan, stick to it! The beauty of having all your homework assignments organized is that you can adjust it when you need to. But, make sure you fit the adjustments into the schedule and then stick to them. If you are still feeling stressed and overwhelmed after going through these steps, contact your academic advisor to determine if you are taking on the appropriate course load for your lifestyle.