We hear you: after a full year of studying in the classroom and at home, you feel like you can’t catch a break. Why more work? Why not unplug for the entire summer and forget all about school and subjects, and practicing? As tempting as that might sound, you would be doing yourself a disservice. Sure, disconnecting for a week or two, is recommended, but to fully dismiss your homework, for the entire summer, it only means so much more work in the following school year. Not only that, but there is a possibility to forget what you learned the previous year, so even more catching up will be required.
Summer homework doesn’t have to be the burden most students make it up to be. And we are so convinced that it can be breezy and efficiently done, that we have prepared these quick five tips for you.
1. Understand that it is important
As we mentioned above, consistently studying throughout the summer is important, and it is solely for your own benefit. Staying on track with the knowledge that you have acquired during the past school year will make it so much easier to break into the new school year in full force. Keep this thought in mind to motivate yourself each time you begin a studying session. Acknowledge its importance, ground yourself and dive in.
2. Select the right start date
We understand that summer is also for relaxing, having fun, or going on that much-desired family vacation. If your family has planned to spend two weeks in Europe at the beginning of summer, it might be best to enjoy that time, recharge, and set up a studying schedule when you come back. If you start on your summer homework, then drop it for a while, and pick it up again, you will be off track. It is best to keep it consistent.
3. Create a schedule
This is actually one of the beauties of summer homework. You can practice being in control. Decide how many hours you want to work per day, how early you want to get up, how much time to dedicate to one subject, then run to the store to get a simple daily planner. Color-code it by choosing a color for each subject, spice it up with stickers, and hang it on the wall. The important thing is to stick to it. Procrastinating can be a recipe for disaster. A great tip to avoid procrastinating is to stay in touch with school buddies, and encourage each other to complete assignments. After all, everything is easier in two, or more!
4. Reward yourself
You can write any achievement, big or small on an index card with the target date of completion and a reward for adhering to that schedule. Have fun with these and place them throughout the house, on your desk, on your computer screen or on the refrigerator. Make sure you choose a reward that excites you, and one that you can’t wait to make happen, like going to a game room with friends, or biking.
5. Don’t think too much. Just do it.
From our teaching experience, the biggest enemy for a student is homework overthinking: “Do I have to? Why more homework? Can I do just do half? Is anyone actually going to correct these?”… the five minutes that you spent complaining you could have used drafting your studying plan for a week. Do not turn it into a humongous task in your own head. It is simply homework, that you are capable of doing, on your own, without any issues. So, don’t think too much and just do it.