Too much homework?

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Are you having a hard time managing all the homework in middle school? Well I was too, until I, Claire H. figured out this awesome sequence that helps me do my homework. First of all, try to see how much homework you can get done maybe while you’re waiting for your next class, at recess, or even when you’re in the front of the school waiting for your parents to pick you up. You don’t have to do this every day; it’s understandable that you might want to hang out with your friends. I do too. So maybe try only doing it when you have a lot of homework.

            Homework game: Some people think that homework is really boring, I can agree with that sometimes but there are ways you can make homework a little less boring. Try maybe making your math homework into a game. Challenge yourself; see how long it takes you to do your multiplication facts.  You could pretend you’re entered in a game show, and if you get all the questions right, you win!

Peace and quiet: Find a quiet place to do your homework. Loud places can be distracting sometimes. Your bed room or the dining room might be a nice and quiet place to do your homework, or even the backyard (if it’s not raining). If you’re on the go, you can maybe find a quiet café’ or a library to work in.

Reward yourself: Give yourself something to work for. Maybe say to yourself “if I do an hour of homework, I can play for 15 minutes,” or “if I do an hour of homework than I can have a piece of candy.” Or best “if I finish all of my homework, I can play outside and do whatever I want for the rest of the day.”

Order of homework:  If it’s easier, get the written work out of the way first and soak up the reading later in the night, closer to bed time. Or another way to do it is to do it in the order of your classes. Do the homework for the first class first, then the second, then the third, and the fourth. Try to get all the way up to the homework for the period right before lunch, that way you have the rest of the lunch period to finish whatever you didn’t. You can also wake up really early and finish your homework before school but try to finish it all at home if you can.

Responsibility:  Be responsible about your homework. If you didn’t finish it, admit it and move on. It’s okay to not have it done every once and a while but every day is not acceptable. 

Excuses, excuses, excuses:  Don’t make up excuses! If you don’t finish your homework, it is okay one time, but don’t come to school every day and say silly excuses like “it’s so boring” or “I could not find a quiet place.” There are ways to solve those problems. Look in some of the upper paragraphs for more information. Don’t make one excuse your excuse for every time you miss your homework.

I asked some of my friends what they thought about all of the homework and here’s what they said. Kianna W. said she doesn’t really mind all of the homework, but she agrees that sometimes we can be piled with homework. Chloe B. never really has that much homework because she finishes all the homework before she leaves. In math when they do their work, she finishes the work and she is left with no math homework. Same with the other classes. If she doesn’t finish it in class, she does it at lunch, or after school while waiting for her mom to pick her up. I agree with Kianna W., I don’t mind the homework, because I know I’m going to get it every day, but sometimes we really do get totally dumped with homework.