Students are always looking for ways to make their homework and study sessions as productive as possible. As students continue to have less and less time to devote to studying each day, it is important to ensure that those hours that are spent working and studying are used effectively. With this in mind, here are 5 tips to help to make these sessions as productive as possible:
- Put the Phone Away – This may seem obvious, but there is always something out there to distract you in the digital world, whether its updates on Social Media, the newest cell phone game, or other digital distractions. These distractions definitely limit the productivity of any working session, so try turning your phone off, and even putting it in a separate room from where you are working, and you will certainly notice how much more productive you can be.
- Don’t Procrastinate – Students will often put off working through homework or completing assignments for as long as they can. This can result in students feeling rushed when they finally do sit down to work through things, which can limit how effective those working sessions can be. Working through math and science questions and concepts takes time and patience, so make sure you give yourself the time that you need by not leaving things to the last minute.
- Don’t Skip the Word Problems – Many students dislike word problems, and as a result will avoid working on them, but avoiding them won’t result in them not appearing on quizzes or tests. Take the time that you need to take to work through these types of questions, as these are typically some of the harder questions. Word problems also often require a variety of techniques and skills from your course, so working through them can be a very productive way to review a variety of concepts at the same time.
- Don’t Switch Back and Forth Too Much – Students will sometimes try to work on as many subjects as they can during one session, but this has been shown to be ineffective. It’s actually more productive to focus on one thing during a session, as it allows you to immerse yourself in the content you are working on and create some momentum. With this in mind, try giving yourself multiple working sessions in a week, with dedicate each session to one of your subjects. This will make each session as productive as possible.
- Know When to Ask for Help – If you’re hung up on a particular concept, or a particular question that you are working on, know when to stop and ask someone for help. Sure, there is merit in grinding through questions, as that is part of the learning process, but there comes a point where grinding becomes less beneficial, and more frustrating, and the benefits of continuing to try to work through things goes away. When you reach this point, find someone to ask for help and support. Whether it’s a friend, a teacher, or a tutor, find an expert that you can get to walk you through the concept or the particular question, so that you can remove that road block, and continue working in a positive and productive way.
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