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How to Get Your Homework Done Fast

Doing homework can be both time-consuming and frustrating, and you probably want to do more with your free time than just homework. When you have a lot of work to do, it can be tough to work efficiently. By staying focused, organizing and planning, and motivating yourself, you can get your homework done in a timely manner and move onto more fun and exciting activities.

Method One of Three:
Staying Focused

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    Work in a comfortable, well-lit environment. Try sitting at a desk in a padded, comfortable chair. Avoid doing homework on the floor or on your bed, because these areas are more likely to make you sleepy and distracted.[1] Also make sure that you’re working in a well-lit area so you don’t have to strain your eyes to read.[2]
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    Eliminate distractions by putting away your electronics and isolating yourself. Turn off your cell phone, log off of your computer (unless you will need it for your homework), turn off the television and close the door. Let your family and friends know that you do not want to be disturbed while working so they can respect your privacy.[3]
    • Download website-blocking apps such as Freedom or SelfControl to stay focused while using your computer for homework.
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    Set a timer. At the start of each assignment or subject, start a timer with however many minutes you’re aiming to complete your work in. You can regularly glance at the timer to stay aware of how much time is going by and how much you have left. This will help you realize when you’re spending too much time on something, and will quickly snap you back into focus when you get distracted.[4]
    • If one subject or type of assignment is taking much more time than the others, you may want to ask for a little extra help in that area from your teacher or parent.

Method Two of Three:
Planning and Organizing

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    Get your supplies in order. To avoid wasting time looking for things, have all your books, papers, writing utensils, and other materials readily available and easy to get to. Clean out your backpack and binder(s) weekly or monthly to stay organized.
    • Consider consolidating your multiple different subject folders and notebooks into one big binder separated by tab dividers. This way, all of your schoolwork will be in one place.[5]
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    Make a homework plan for the evening. Instead of just grabbing the first book in your backpack and starting the work, plan ahead. There are several ways that you can plan out how to do your homework for the evening, including:
    • Decide how much time you want to spend on your homework collectively.
    • Make a list of all the different tasks you need to finish.
    • Estimate how much time you’ll be able to spend on each task to finish your homework when you want to.
    • Work straight through your list and cross tasks off as you go.[6]
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    Start your homework soon after you get home from school. Waiting too long in the evening to start may result in working late into the night, which isn’t good because it’s much harder to work quickly when you’re tired. Similarly, waiting until the next morning to do your homework will probably result in a rushed or incomplete end result.
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    Prioritize by due date and importance. As you write assignments down in your planner throughout the week, make sure to write an “A” next to high priority tasks, a “C” next to lower priority tasks, and a “B” next to tasks that fall somewhere in between. An assignment that has to be completed by the next day would probably take priority over one that’s due next Tuesday. Also prioritize bigger assignments over smaller ones.
    • A ten page essay that’s due in a week that you haven’t started should be labeled an “A” or “B” while a short five question worksheet due in three days may be labeled a “C”.[7]
    • Make sure you don't wait until the last second to get assignments done.

Method Three of Three:
Motivating Yourself

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    Take breaks. Focusing for hours and hours without stopping will most likely just slow you down. Every 25 minutes or so, take about 5 minutes to stretch and walk around to give your brain and body a quick rest.[8]
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    Eat snacks and drink water. Drink plenty of water and eat light, healthy, tasty snacks while you work to enjoy foods that you like, enhance your memory, and revitalize your brain and body. Stay away from soda, sugary junk food and energy drinks while you work to make sure that you won’t crash halfway through completing your homework.[9]
    • Try eating celery sticks and apple slices with peanut butter.
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    Reward yourself with a fun post-homework activity. Plan to go over to a friend’s house, play your favorite video game, shoot hoops in the driveway, or go out for a sweet treat with your sibling(s) once your homework is done. Remembering that this fun activity is coming up will help you stay motivated to focus and work efficiently.

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  • What if I have a play assignment and there's a limited amount of time to memorize the script?
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    • If you're memorizing lines for a play, start off by reading through the lines once a day or every other day. As the play approaches, give the script to a friend or family member and ask them to run lines with you. This is a way of quizzing yourself that can make memorization easier.
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  • I feel too tried to do homework what can I do?
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    • In the moment, you can take a quick break and go for a walk outside to get some fresh air or eat an energizing snack. To avoid having future issues with this, try to pinpoint the time of day that you're most tired and avoid doing homework at that time.
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  • What can you do if you confused about the homework and it's too late for your teacher to help and your family doesn't understand it?
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    • If it's late and you're struggling to understand your homework, all you can do is try. Do your absolute best to try completing your homework and then ask to speak privately to your teacher about it the next day. Your teacher will most likely be a lot more understanding if you got all the answers wrong than if your paper is completely blank.
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  • If I have one day to finish a lot of homework, how can I finish it fast?
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    • Some days you'll be able to finish your homework faster than others. If you have a lot, it still may take you quite a bit of time but the best thing you can do it start early, like during a study hall class or as soon as you get home. Do your best to stay focused and not rush through it too fast.
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  • How do I deal with distractions?
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    • Put your phone away and put on a timer. Make yourself work for the entire timer. But, as soon as it goes off, give yourself 5-10 minutes to get the distraction out of your system. Then restart the timer and get back to work.
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  • Can you listen to music to help focus?
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    • Yes. Instrumental music is better than lyrical music, however, so jazz and classical are considered to of the best musics to work to. Lyrical music often makes things worse, and makes it harder to concentrate.
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  • What if your house is always noisy?
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    • Find the quietest place you can, and put on music if you can't find silence. If this doesn't work, stay at school to finish your homework in the afternoon, go to the library, or ask a friend with a quiet house if they will be study buddies.
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  • What should I do if I'm bored when doing my homework?
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    • If you're bored, try motivating yourself by looking forward to breaks, snacks, and fun activities that you plan on doing when your homework is finished.
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  • What to do if you hate homework?
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    • Think of an inspiration or motivation for it. You might hate math, but think about all the problem solving you've learned to take over the business world. You might hate English, but you need to pass it to hold onto an athletic scholarship. Just find some personal reason to get the word done and it will be much more bearable.
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  • What do you do if you get stuck while you're try to complete your homework?
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    • If you're stuck on something that you don't understand, try asking a friend or family member for help. If this doesn't work, try your best on each question and ask to schedule one-on-one time with your teacher to discuss it the next day.
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  • Wear something very comfortable while you work.
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  • Make sure to hand in all assignments on time.
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  • Try using a planner to help you remember the tasks that you need to complete.
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  • While you're working on an assignment, it can be easy to think about all the other homework you have to get done. Instead, the best thing to do is focus on the task at hand.
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  • Don't fall asleep. Set an alarm that rings every 5-10 minutes, alerting you to do your homework, if you're having a tough time staying awake.
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  • If you think you are a procrastinator, get a calendar and plan all the steps out for any big projects.
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  • Try enhancing your concentration by listening to classical music while you work on your homework.
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  • Start with the hardest assignments then work your way to the easiest so it becomes easier as you go on.
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  • Work on your assignments when possible while at school (e.g. during breaks, lunch, study hall, free time during class) so you'll have less to do when you get home.
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  • Make sure to check your work after you are done
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  • Be generous to yourself and don't get to stressed out. Take a five minute break every hour and do some stretches or grab a snack. Also try doing your easy homework in school if you get the time so at home you can relax.
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  • If you have a loud house maybe ask a friend with a quiet house if you could work there. Then after you finish you could have fun with them!
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  • Always being prepared with your supplies help a lot.
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  • Remember to put away all of your electronics as these items can distract you from what's important.
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  • Take your time. If you rush through your homework and don’t try your best, you might end up getting a bad grade.
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