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Planning your homework

What kind of plan?

Since planning creates some extra work, it should pay for itself by reducing the work at some other point. You can do a few things to plan your work:

  • Create a timetable - when you will do homework on each day. Make sure this allows for other activities too.
  • Make a record or log of particular tasks for each school subject.
  • Fill in dates when you must complete things. Stick this timetable on your bedroom wall and soon it will be stuck in your head.

Work with friends to agree what is sensible - this way you won't upset your teacher for doing too little, or your friends for doing too much.

Be realistic

This is especially important when you move on to a new stage in your school life.

Make sure you go to bed at a reasonable time. If you cannot do all your work, tell your teacher.

As you move through the grades, you will find the work more demanding and more time intensive. You will need to adjust your study plans and expectations. Be realistic and try to make steady progress.

Keep planning in proportion

Don't let devising the world's best ever homework plan become a way of avoiding work. If you want to make it into a poster, do this after you have finished your homework for the evening!

Keep to your plan

An ambitious plan which you ignore is much less use than a simple plan which you stick to closely. Some young people will find it helpful to have parents or carers who lay down rules about this. Others will do better working this out for themselves. Decide which is best for you.

Allow treats

Your plan must have some treats built into it. Give yourself breaks every hour or so. Start with the hardest work, and gradually move to the more pleasant tasks. Set a finishing time and exceed it only if you really are on a roll and making sense of a subject. Have a weekly day of rest, if you can, for relaxation, social activities, sport and other recreation.

Negotiate with teachers

If you take charge of your work, your teachers will usually be very pleased. If you tell them what homework to set, you will not get very far. But if you ask, or make suggestions when it is appropriate, you may help them set tasks that you enjoy and they are happy to supervise and assess.