How to Concentrate on Homework

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Sometimes focusing on homework is more difficult than the homework itself. Straying off task only makes the assignment take longer and reduces the time you have available for other activities. Solve this problem by making a few simple changes to help you concentrate.

1 Environment

Establish a designated homework area that is comfortable, stocked with supplies and free from distractions. Skip the couch in the living room where others are watching TV and work in a room that offers solitude and quiet. Turn off your cell phone or disable message notifications, and close all browser tabs on your computer that are not directly related to the work you're doing.

2 Motivation and Time Management

Structure yourself with a time limit or a productivity goal. For example, decide how much work you should complete in 30 minutes and see if you can accomplish your objective. Schedule short breaks and use a timer to stay on track. If you have multiple items to complete, make a list and cross each item off once it's done. Reward yourself once you have completed an assignment: Have a more interesting and entertaining pastime in store for when your work is finished.

3 Involve Others

Enlist the aid of a family member to keep you on track. Have her check in with you at regular intervals to ensure you're still working. Find a homework buddy to help you stay organized, and work together to establish a mind-set and routine that values productivity.

Nancy Lovering is a writer, photographer and teaching assistant. She took novel writing at Langara College and photography at British Columbia Institute of Technology. She obtained her teaching assistant certificate through Delta School District Continuing Education. She previously worked as an assistant controller while in the Certified General Accountants program, and has training in dog psychology through Custom Canine Teaching Ltd. in Vancouver, BC.