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Homework-how To Fix The Time Crunch

Fri Jan 18, 2002 9:43 am

OK, I would like your opinions on this. Many teens in junior high and highschool often have hours of homework a night, or do they? Right now, I'm kind of in a time cruncher schedule, and I admitt I have a small habbit of procrastinating if there's something more fun that I could do. When you get home, do you go strait to your homework, or turn on the TV? Do you find yourself fooling around when you could get it over with and have the time after to do something fun? How do you overcome the time crunch and the desire to procrastinate and do something else? I want to get my procrastination fixed so my schedule can open up! Unfortunately, going to a private school for at least 8 hours a day, more if I have sports or something else, I often don't see home again until after its dark. And by that time I need to get all my homework done, but I want to have some fun in life as well. This quarter I got a 4.2, but I feel I've been slacking a little.

Is there a way to just make yourself get it done and have the rest of the night to have fun? Probably why so many of us have so much homework is becuase we procrastinate, and I want to get that fixed- so I would greatly appreciate any suggestions so I can feel confident in myself that I won't procrastinate anymore and have more free time to enjoy life. Thanks!

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RE: Homework-how To Fix The Time Crunch

Fri Jan 18, 2002 9:48 am

I know what your talking about...
If there is a solution I'm willing to try it.

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RE: Homework-how To Fix The Time Crunch

Fri Jan 18, 2002 9:48 am

It is all about time management. I used to do a lot of homwork in school. When the teacher says you can do your homework now, instead of sitting around talking, looking at a magazine, etc do your work. I also used to be a library aid which basically turned into a class where I could do my homework. This way when I got home I used to only have a maybe an hour of homework. After school I used to hang out with friends for a while, come home an hour before dinner do my homework. I used to then watch a bit of TV and then if I had a test the next day I used to go to study for 30 minutes before going to bed, and then again for about 15 minutes just before the class.
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RE: Homework-how To Fix The Time Crunch

Fri Jan 18, 2002 9:49 am

I have to study for a biology test for like 5 hours tonite. Just take a break every 45 minutes and get on here for about 5 minutes to help pass the time.

RE: Homework-how To Fix The Time Crunch

Fri Jan 18, 2002 9:56 am

Studying for 5 hours??? This means 1 of 2 things:
1) You have slept through the class for the last month
2) It is above your level

If you have to study for 5 hours for a tests, you are probably not going to gain a good understanding and not do too good on it. I would not waste so much time. Only recently have I studied for 5+ hours for a class this is combined revision time for Uni. I generally start studying for finals about a month before!
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RE: Homework-how To Fix The Time Crunch

Fri Jan 18, 2002 10:02 am

5 hours for a final exam I have done... but for a test Iainhol is right on. As for the topic... in highschool I procrastinated everything and usually did homework, projects, essays, etc. hours before they were due. I finished 3rd in my class out of 421 my senior year. So as long as you work hard when you decide to do the work I don't see a problem. I work well under pressure, so I never had a "problem" with procrastination, it was just a habit that worked for me.
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RE: Homework-how To Fix The Time Crunch

Fri Jan 18, 2002 10:06 am

Do it as soon as you can, you'll be very happy with yourself when its over. Back in high school in my sophmore year I took 10 classes. I had no social life and barely went anywhere but my house and school for 9 months, but I got 40% of high school done and got straight A's. During my senior year, I had 2 classes because of was awesome, I barely could tell I was going to school. If you do as much as you can as soon as possible and put other things of until later, it may not be fun when you're doing it, but in the end it will be much better. You'll be very proud of yourself and have lots of time left over without those commitments hanging over your head.
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RE: Homework-how To Fix The Time Crunch

Fri Jan 18, 2002 10:20 am

I usually use my break, lunch, study hall, and some classes where we really don't learn anything to work on extra homework, it's just that when I get home I want to do something else other than work! Not that I'm not happy with my 4.2, but I'm just one of those real consciencious people who know when I'm doing something when I'm not supposed to be doing it, and with all my extra cirricular activities, even if I utilize my time during school, I usually don't get home until it's dark and by then I have more work. I honestly feel like I work for some major corporation. I am so busy, I HAD to get a cell phone this year becuase I was away from home so much and my mom didn't know when to pick me up, and if she was late that was homework time going down the drain. So that makes life a whole lot easier than not knowing when she would be where, not mentioning aviation purposes like making sure the chopper's ready and calling for fuel. But really, it's hard! And I know what I should do, but I am just a flying freak, you know, so I reach for the FlightSim when I get home instead of hitting the books.
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RE: Homework-how To Fix The Time Crunch

Fri Jan 18, 2002 10:33 am

Just organize your time, and if your homework is not done in the amount of time you set then leave it incomplete. My whole philosphy about homework at my school the teachers could not be bothered to grade it (they just stamped) so why should I be bothered to do it. I used to BS (just write down stuff that looks similar; or in math do the first 3-5 problems and then just copy them) it and never got found out.
PS I like FlyF15 had a very busy schedule I graduated in 3 years instead of the normal 4, and my last 2 years I worked 20 hours a week too.
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RE: Homework-how To Fix The Time Crunch

Fri Jan 18, 2002 11:52 am

I never did that much in high school, still pulled off a 3.813 and made it into college. I think the levels of work that high school puts on some students is really unrealistic. There is no reason why you should have to study for 5 hours one night for an exam. It means that you haven't been doing your reading and your homework. Typically cramming doesn't do you any good either.

In terms of time management I find that the more committments you have on your time the better you actually do. Too much free time can be a bad thing. I work 20 hours a week, I take 12 credits (I know it is a light load but I am also graduating), I bowl in a league on Wednesday nights, have fun on weekends, still manage to do my work and get good grades. You just gotta do it and spend reasonable amounts of time on stuff, plain and simple.

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RE: Homework-how To Fix The Time Crunch

Fri Jan 18, 2002 12:26 pm

I would keep careful track of how you spend your time over a one week period. You'll probably find there is a lot of "flex" time that can be eliminated. Furthermore, the fact that you have 842 posts in 181 does not suggest that you are greatly lacking in spare time  Big grin
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RE: Homework-how To Fix The Time Crunch

Fri Jan 18, 2002 1:04 pm

I go to a prep school, i get swamped every night also. This is basically the first 15 minutes i have had to myself without studying or dinner.

I chill for about 30 minutes after i get home(about 3:30) and then i start my homework.

There really isn't a way to get around it. When the teacher gives you a few minutes before class is over to start your hw, do it. At my school, most teachers lessons end about 5 minutes before the period is over with, so i can start on a few questions.

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RE: Homework-how To Fix The Time Crunch

Fri Jan 18, 2002 1:05 pm

I don't know, I never did any homework in high school. College was another story though. I'd just do it as soon as possible. I'd even write my papers as soon as possible. Then I'd have free time when everybody else was struggling to get started.
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RE: Homework-how To Fix The Time Crunch

Fri Jan 18, 2002 1:26 pm

Thank you for your observation AgnusBymaster, however I believe you failed to notice the date in which I joined, which happened to be in the middle of my summer vacation, allowing me to make the bulk of my posts during my vacation, and the remaining ones during those "breaks" Blink182 was so kind enough to mention.  Big grin

Thank you all for your suggestions! It is very difficult when you go to a private school however, but it seems I'm doing alright so far. Thanks again!

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RE: Homework-how To Fix The Time Crunch

Fri Jan 18, 2002 3:01 pm

I tell ya I am the KING of procrastination. I work 20 hrs per week like DesertJets and also do some other stuff and generally have about 12hrs per week of class. Basically, some of my classes are a joke, like I barely read the books in one class and still got a 'B'.

I feel sorry for all of you in high school getting burned out with what sounds like a bunch of B.S. coursework. I thing my workload in college now is actually easier than high school. Of course I'm not majoring in astrophysics or anything, but still.
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RE: Homework-how To Fix The Time Crunch

Fri Jan 18, 2002 3:50 pm

I always had some certain opinions about these things. If my teachers collectively gave too much homework to feasibly get done, I simply didn't do it. This is how it would go:

"So'n'so, why isn't your homework done?"
"I didn't have time to finish it all."
"There were only five pages."
" your class, yes."
"Well how long does it take to read five pages?"
"About half an hour."
"And you couldn't find half an hour of time?"
"Are you stupid or something? I just said - and you just completely ignored - 'in your class'."
"No, I'm not stupid - though you're on your way towards the door. I heard you, and no I didn't ignore you, I'm just trying to figure out how it is that if that's how much homework you get per class, you don't have time."
"Okay, I didn't say that's how much I get per class. I said that's how much I get in your class. Also, with six classes that very quickly becomes, um... three hours. But it takes longer than that to read five pages and do the calculus problems on them, so the half-hour figure was for your class alone."
"So how are you going to be prepared for class today?"
"If we keep this up for very long I won't need to..."
"You're pushin' it, boy..."
"Thanks. If you had some real interest in teaching you might bother to help me out a little rather than scolding."
"Just who do you think you are?"
"Oh come on, what the heck is that? I'm a guy who's reasonable about this thing. Everyone I know gets all in a panic and drinks a quart of coffee if they don't have their homework done. I'm just not gonna' do that, it's not healthy, and I don't prefer to be on the edge of a breakdown all the time. I do what I can and don't what I can't. Okay?"
"Somehow the others manage to get it done."
"Are you deaf? 'Somehow'... I just told you how!"
(Grunt)... "sit down, let's get on with class."
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RE: Homework-how To Fix The Time Crunch

Fri Jan 18, 2002 11:47 pm

yeah it's all about time mamagement. If I get a lot I usually do it later on after I come in from school. Sometimes I have to stay after for some stuff I do(activities and clubs) and I usually start an hour after I get in or later if it is a lot. So just set a time to do it and just do it! Later on after you do it you'll have time to do what you like to do afterwards.
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RE: Homework-how To Fix The Time Crunch

Sat Jan 19, 2002 1:02 am

Lose the clubs, lose the sports, loose this site--just sit your butts down and do it till it's done!
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RE: Homework-how To Fix The Time Crunch

Sat Jan 19, 2002 1:34 am

For homework, normally at about 11pm on the night before it is due in, and for revision the last couple of days for about 2 hours.

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RE: Homework-how To Fix The Time Crunch

Sat Jan 19, 2002 9:14 am

I too attend a school that assigns loads of homework. I have found only one real solution: Don't do most of the work at all. It sounds tough, but once you get used to it, its easy. Just find which classes really require homework (as far as grading goes, etc), and dont do the rest. I get all As and A+s, and I almost never do any work at home, or at school.

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