Homework and the Holidays
Homework, a topic close to students’ hearts, has played an important part in education throughout the United States since the 1900s. So much so, that homework seems commonplace. However, throughout the rest of the world, other countries feel differently about assigning “homework.” Some countries have even vowed to get rid of homework. And, their results on standardized tests, better than the US, seem convincing. Though, while student’s can’t really change the system in the short run, it benefits them to learn how to best deal with it. The following are three strategies for doing homework over specifically, a vacation, or even a weekend.
1) All at Beginning
This strategy calls for doing the work all at the beginning. For example, finishing work on the Friday of a weekend break. In this case, the student doesn’t worry for the rest of their time off. This way, the work is off their mind and out of the way. Actually, according to blogger and entrepreneur James Clear, successful people “stack the pain” by doing all work at the beginning of their schedule to get more done.
However, one disadvantage of this strategy might be accidental memory loss. Because the information isn’t fresh in a student’s head, they might not be able to recall the information as easily when returning to school. This idea relates to the classic summer break conundrum in which students forget valuable information upon returning to school after their summer break.
2) Wait Till the End
The second strategy of waiting till the end of your break poses some other advantages and disadvantages. For one, if a student waits till a few days before going back to school to study the information ought to be fresh in their mind for any quizzes or tests.
But, on the other hand, procrastination might come into play. For example, as a student, one Thanksgiving Break I had a paper due on the day I returned to school. By pure procrastination, I put the whole thing off until the day before. In doing so, I wrote a less than perfect paper and worried about doing so during my whole break. In this case, waiting till the end of break might cause less quality work as well as feelings of procrastination. And, on another note, multiple studies have proven the harmful effects of procrastination. Putting tasks off can actually weaken a person’s immune system, cause stress, sleeping difficulties and other health problems.
3) Mix It Up
Mixing it up involves working bit by bit during the whole break. In doing so, students work in bursts of less time than they’d otherwise do in cramming. Personally, I strive to follow this strategy even though it seems to be the toughest. And according to the New York Times, this strategy works to boost focus and productivity. Therein, you’ll produce quality work.
The disadvantage of this strategy revolves around “thinking about doing work.” Because work occurs at frequent periods, students must focus on it more often than in the other two strategies. However, because the work will be super focused, overall the time doing homework might even be less than the other two methods.
Overall, all strategies mentioned have positives and negatives. Personally, I try to do work using the “mix it up” method to produce better, quality work. However, the choice really depends on the student. For example, if you tend to procrastinate, try to do the work early. If you tend to rush through your work, try the mix it up method. Or if you want to keep a topic fresh in your mind for school, try waiting till the end of the break. Please tell me what you think below!
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