Homework, Homework, and more Homework!

School is almost out, but there still is the problem of homework. No one likes it, and with soccer, baseball, football, and all the other sports beckoning your time, homework is the last thing you want to do. After all, it is work! Am I right? 
Unfortunately, there are only two choices when it comes to homework: ignore it and spend another year in the same grade; or, get busy, get it done, and move on.  Here are five things you might try to make these last days of school a little easier. 
·         At school: When your teacher(s) give you an assignment or you still need to finish a project, don’t just toss the paper in your backpack. Put it into a simple folder marked “Homework”. Use the same one for all of your classes. This will keep all the work together and make it easier to find.
·         At school: Put the homework folder in your backpack. Do not put it in your desk. How can you do it if it is at school? Then, TAKE IT HOME!
·         At home: Give yourself a break. Your brain needs time to unwind and so do you. Go for a run, play a short game of ball, walk the dog, dance to a song or two, or anything that will get your body moving. This will make it easier for you to hit the books. And—no video games! For most of you, your brain had enough computer time at school.
·         At home: Find a quiet place to study. That means no TV. Now I realize that some of you can actually study better with a little music in the background. So if you are one of those kids use it. Just try to keep it low so your thoughts don’t have to compete with the words of the song(s).
·         At home: Prioritize. Decide what absolutely has to be completed first, or which assignment is the most difficult, and move it to the head of the line. Keep the easiest assignment(s) for last when your brain is beginning to wear down.
·         At home: Set a timer. Try not to spend more than an hour on your assignments before you take a 10-15 minute break. The timer is for the break. Train yourself to return to study when the timer goes off regardless of what you are doing when it does.
·         At home: If you assignments are piling up, or there’s something you don’t understand, ask for help. Talk to your parents or an older sibling. You might be surprised by how helpful they can be.

·         Finally: Don’t give up. School is your doorway to your future. It may seem dumb at times, but it is important. Homework is just a part of life, and it actually will help you discover one important fact—YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU SET YOUR MIND TOO! 

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