Last Updated on July 17, 2020 by Chrisantus Oden
How to Finish Your School Assignments on Time
Assignments are tasking every student should expect to be saddled with while in school. Homeworks can be quite much at times and you don’t know how or where to start. Regardless of whether the assignments you have to do are few or plenty, the important thing is to get them done within the right time frame, so you don’t miss a deadline. Not knowing how to always approach assignments, probably procrastinating to the eleventh hour or not even doing the assignments at all is not good at all. It can affect grades and you miss out on things you should have learnt through the assignments. More so, failing to do your assignments will not portray you as a responsible and serious student. As a university or college student, the expectation is that at the level you are, you should be able to effectively manage your time and self well enough to attend to all the necessary things like assignments and the likes that you have to attend to, but it may not always be very easy to just pick yourself up and get to work just like that. By applying the following strategies, you should be able to handle your assignments easier and faster.
Do a Mental Preparation
You need to condition your mind towards being willing and ready to kick-start your assignments. Before writing on paper how you want to go about it, why not first have a mental sequence and plan in your mind about how many assignments you have to do, which one you want to start with, which one comes next, where you want to do the assignments, with whom you want to do it and how long it will probably take. Break the whole process down in your mind, having a mental picture can get your mind ready for the work.
Organise the Sequence
Having loads of assignments to do and not knowing where to begin? Why not make a list of all the assignments you’ve got, and arrange them in order of priority? Put into consideration which of the assignments has a closer deadline, arrange all in the order of urgency and you should also try to do the tough ones first. By listing out all the assignments and arranging them in order, the challenge of not knowing where to start is tackled and you can easily begin from the first one and go on and on like that.
Use the Right Environment
Doing your homework without distraction demands that you have a good place suitable for the activity. You should preferably have a desk and a comfortable chair in your chosen corner or room, let the lighting of the room be good enough, make sure the place chosen is a silent place with the least distractions around. Try as much as possible not to use your bed, have that special place for your work and always go there to do your assignments. Make sure the environment is such as helps and aligns your mind with the activities you want to do. If you like to listen to music while you work, you can get a good music playing probably at the background while you work.
Trying to get yourself up to begin work on a workload of assignments might be a little difficult. If you find out that you are short of motivation on doing your assignments, you might want to quickly boost your motivation by listening to an inspiring talk, or watching a motivational video, you could read up quotes that can motivate you and make you see reasons why you just have to get to work. Don’t be too keen on feeling like it before getting started.
Get Started Already
It could be quite tempting to keep procrastinating the time to do your assignments, especially when you consider the assignment difficult or too much, but that is not the best way to go, because the more you procrastinate, the less time you have left and the more you feel like the work is a big work. Just get started already, after you’ve put some good plans in place, no need to wait again or procrastinate, begin to work. The hardest part of doing your assignment might just be the starting point, break that jinx first.
Get Everything Needed Ready
Having to stand up time and over again to get one thing or the other while attending to your assignments can reduce your tempo and make it difficult to get back to work. It is better to have every item you think you’ll need for your work ready with you in your workspace, so you don’t have to keep getting up to get something. If you have to do assignments for more than one course, two courses or more, know all the materials you will need for everything and get them available and easily accessible with you. Switching from one assignment to another when you are done with one, will be easier with that.
Short breaks in-between your assignments can be helpful to keep your energy around. Taking a long spree on all your assignments could get tiring especially if they are many, you should therefore plan breaks in-between, could be something like 10 minutes, 15 minutes and do something fun. Ensure you don’t allow the breaks to go beyond the stipulated time.
Get Your Phone Out of Sight
Except you really need to use your phone all the way through your assignments, keep your phone out of sight and reach at the period you are attending to your school assignments. If you have to browse things on the internet, you can decide to do that and jot down things you need before embarking on the assignments fully. Calls, text messages, WhatsApp messages, beeps, pop ups and notifications can be very distracting if you keep you are pressing your phone or if you keep it around you.
Do it with Your Friends
Another interesting tip to motivate you towards doing your assignments and doing it in an interesting way is to do it with your colleagues. If you have friends that belong in the same department with you, and you have same set of assignments, you can make it a group thing. This will make the whole process fun and your friends could have different approaches to the questions, you will be able to rub minds together and likely come up with something better than if you had done it alone.
Apart from the general deadline that is set by your lecturer or professor, you can decide to set a personal deadline as to when to finish up your assignments. Take your deadlines serious and try as much as possible to meet them. Make sure your deadline is a feasible one and have a practical plan towards being able to meet your deadline.
When you are able to finish your assignments on time or you meet up with deadline you set, reward yourself. Have it in mind to reward yourself after completing your assignments, this can also serve as a motivating factor for you.
Try Not to Multitask
While you are at your assignments, endeavour to give maximum concentration, and do not be standing up every now and then to attend to something else. Concentrate on the task at hand.