As a freshman in university, I was a competitive swimmer. Most of the days, I would get up at 4:30 am and begin my practice at 5:30 am. After the practice, I would ride to the station on my bike and take the 1.5-hour train to school.
After school was over, I used to take a bus and leave for the evening practice. Each week I would dedicate around 20 hours to the practice. Even after such a busy schedule, I used to find time to study and ended up with a 3.8 GPA by the end of my freshman year.
However, I retired from swimming by my sophomore and junior years, but they were a complete disaster as compared to my freshman year.
I used to struggle while waking up in the morning for my early classes and couldn’t even manage to do my schoolwork.
So, in this article, I shall talk about some of the ways by which you can finish your homework fast. Let’s get started!
Have you ever heard about the strategy A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley? Well, it applies to all the problems that a student faces while finishing his/her homework.
Here is how you can do it:
Scan your task and identify all the problems that look harder than the rest. Start working on these first, and the moment you notice that you are stuck, shift to an easier problem. After completing a few of them, jump back to the harder one, and you will be able to solve it in seconds.
This technique works great and makes your brain function in two different ways.
Note Down All The Essential Details of Sample Problems in Your Class
If you want to study well and feel confident, it is important to complete your notes. However, if your professor talks too fast, there are a few ways to cope up. Read along!
- Jolt down the problem and the answer before writing down the solution
The sample problems are super effective to make sure that you cover the correct material while studying for exams. It helps to understand better, and the moment you feel stuck, you can take help from others around you.
- Act like you’re teaching someone else
If you act like you are teaching a subject to somebody else, you will be able to understand better. Every piece of information will help you work through a problem, especially if you are working on a math exercise.
Do Homework at School
Well, your teachers may not have mentioned this before, but you aren’t supposed to work on your assignments at home. The perfect time to do your homework is after the class is over since the lesson is still fresh in your mind. When you complete your homework in your class, you understand the concept faster.
When you use the problem-answer-solution framework to take notes, you will capture all the example problems necessary to understand.
Besides, using the Hard-Start-then-Jump-to-Easy technique will help you complete your homework quickly. When you do your homework in school, you take less time to study and have plenty of time to enjoy other hobbies.