Is homework weighing you down?

Find tips and tricks to set yourself up for success when tackling your homework.

Homework can be a pain, and there’s definitely other things you’d probably rather do, but it’s one of those things that truly does serve a purpose.  Homework helps you:

  • Reinforce what you learned in the day
  • Build habits that are crucial to your post-secondary studies
  • Prepare for your classes
  • Feel a sense of progress

Here are some tips to help you deal with homework more efficiently and effectively.

Set the Mood

Create a good study area with everything you need (for example, a calculator). If you don’t have a quiet place at home, try your school or local library.

Know Where to Begin

Make a list of everything you need to do, and note all deadlines. Do the more difficult assignments first, so you don’t have to face them at the end.

Study at the Same Time Every Day

Even if you don’t have homework every night, use the time to review notes. If sitting down to work is part of your normal routine, you won’t dread it so much. Also, you’ll become a pro at using time productively.

Keep Things in Perspective

Know how much each assignment or test is worth and how important it is to your overall course mark and plan your time accordingly.

Get More Involved

Keep your mind from wandering by taking notes, underlining sections, discussing topics with others or relating your homework to something you’re learning in another class.

Organize the Information

People process information in different ways. Some people like to draw pictures or charts to learn and understand information, others prefer to read out loud or make detailed outlines. Try to find the methods that work best for you. Ask your teacher for recommendations if you’re having trouble.

Take Advantage of Any Free Time

If you have a study period or a long bus ride, use the time to review notes, prepare for an upcoming class or start your homework.

Study with a Friend

Get together with friends and classmates to quiz each other, compare notes and predict test questions. Consider joining a study group.


If you have concerns about the amount or type of homework you have, you may want to talk to your family, teachers or school counsellor. They can help you understand how much time you need to set aside for homework and how to manage your tasks.

Celebrate Your Achievements

Reward yourself for hitting milestones or doing something well!

Adapted and modified from CollegeBoard – BigFuture

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