What kind of
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
- Fill in dates when you must complete things. Stick this
timetable on your bedroom wall and soon it will be stuck in your
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.
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.
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
Keep to your
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.
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
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.