How To Reduce Time Spent On Homework: Recommendations For Busy Students

A big part of being a student, whether you are a part-time or a full-time student, is managing your workload efficiently. Productivity can be a hard thing to master when you have a busy schedule and other demands coming your way. The following tips and recommendations are to help you begin to form a plan for success in school and reduce the time you waste on class work.

Where to Start

Make a list! Yes, most people start here but it needs to be in an organized fashion that will help you prioritize projects and assignments as well as help you remember when things are due. The best kind of list for this is not on a sticky note or planner, but something that can be updated in many ways like a calendar on your phone or computer or an excel spreadsheet. Managing your projects makes sure that you manage your time efficiently as well. No last minute surprises!

  • Calendar lists – there are so many options on your phone and computer for list-making apps and calendar/organizer apps. These are good to look into, but all you need is a calendar. Every time you find out about an assignment, make note of it, and then immediately figure out a time frame that it needs to be done. “Out date” your assignments a few days or weeks to make sure they are done ahead of time and you don’t forget them later.
  • Spreadsheet lists – if you are an Excel guru then you will already know how many options are in there to make awesome lists. If you aren’t familiar with it, then check it out! Take a course or learn about it online. There are a lot of ways to organize your projects by due dates, out dates, check-in times, drafts, etc. the possibilities are endless. (Pro Tip: If you make a list in Google Docs, you can edit it anywhere.)

Prioritization and Timing

There are obvious projects, tests and papers that will be set as priorities. These things are something you do not want to do in one all-nighter. It is a waste of your precious sleep time and impractical.

  • For a project due in 6 weeks, you could spend an hour or twice each week when you are well rested and motivated to work on it. This adds up to 12-24 hours of work but is hardly noticeable during the week and non-damaging to your sleep schedule.
  • Choosing the right timing for scheduling your homework times is very important as well since if it is while you are hungry or tired, you will end up wasting a lot of time. Spreading out the workload and creating specific times when you are most motivated will help you be able to produce a lot higher quality work in less time.

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