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Homework Overload: How to Deal

It’s a busy time of the year and with the holidays still several weeks away, it may feel as though you are overloaded with school work.

But don’t despair! There are ways that you can break it down into manageable parts. Stick to the following guidelines and you will complete all of your work on time:

 

1. Don’t Panic

If you panic about your workload, you will want to find ways to avoid it. Take a deep breath, relax and read the following steps below to start organizing!

 

2. Plan

Make a list of all the assignments, tests, quizzes, and homework that is due. Write down the corresponding deadlines. If this task feels like it’s impossible, have a parent/guardian or tutor help you.

Create a study/homework calendar. Schedule time to work on each assignment. Pepper in some of the smaller assignments between the big ones so you can feel productive and take a break from the bigger tasks. Stick to the schedule (even if it means that you have to miss out on social activities for a week or two) and you will come out on top!


3. Prioritize

From the list you have made, highlight the work that is most important for you to finish (for example, maybe an assignment is worth a large percentage or ‘weight’ of your final mark). Culminating projects, exams and ISUs should be deemed high priority.

Using a different colour, highlight some smaller tasks that would take no more than an hour to complete. Consider which deadlines are closest.

 

4. Think Positively

You can do it! Just start chipping away and enjoy watching your to-do list get smaller and smaller.

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