When the school year starts, it’s hard to find time for your homework. Multiple classes, extracurricular activities, and social events all pile on to an already busy schedule. To help you stay on top of everything, we’ve come up with a few tips and tricks for creating a homework schedule.
1. Identify Work Days
Use a Reusable Weekly Planner to lay out your schedule for the week. Color code your classes and activities with different Tackie Markers, so you know exactly where you need to be on each day. Make sure to include important deadlines and test dates to be prepared for! Then, identify your “work days”-- the days on which you have the most availability after school to get things done. These days will become your primary homework days so that you’re not struggling to write an essay on the same night as a late basketball game. Your schedule will fluctuate, so make sure to completely wipe and rewrite your planner at the top of the week!
2. Create a homework to-do list
Now that you’ve laid out your class schedule, it’s time to figure out what needs to get done. Go through the syllabi for all your classes at the beginning of each week, and write down every assignment for each class on a Reusable To-Do List. As you go through the week and complete your worksheets and readings, you can check them off with a Tackie marker.
When you’ve made a list of all your upcoming assignments, prioritize which assignments need to be completed first. For example, readings that you’ll need for the next class period should come before a long-term project that isn’t due until next week. Once you’ve finished your high-priority homework, then you can start to work on your more long-term projects so that you’re not saving all of that work for the night before it’s due. Sometimes it’s helpful to use a Reusable Priorities List to display your homework in the order that it needs to get done.
4. Take good notes
Creating an efficient homework schedule is great, but it can only go so far to help you succeed in the classroom. The best way to get your homework done in a productive manner is to take good notes in class. When you pay attention, ask questions, and really make sure that you understand the material, then it won’t take you nearly as long to complete your homework. You can even take a Reusable Jotter Notepad to class to jot down all your notes! Jotters are durable and lightweight, and they won’t smudge in your backpack, making them the perfect note taking tool.
No matter how you decide to organize your classes, extracurriculars, and assignments, make sure you create an agenda that works for you. Reusable Planners, Lists, and Jotters are easily customizable for your unique workflow, so you can create a homework schedule that lets you be the most productive and organized version of yourself!