Homework is often a burden on students that only grows heavier as time goes on. Fortunately, good study habits can reduce the amount of time spent on homework, improve the quality of homework, and increase the value of homework. While individuals learn in different ways, and studying habits can be just as diverse, some basic aspects of study habits make them valuable. Understanding what helps us build, as well as strengthen, healthy habits in general is important in maintaining good homework habits.
Establishing routines is a useful tactic for maintaining a consistent level of devotion to a particular endeavor. When routines are broken, study time generally becomes less effective and distractions take over. Often when people go from a familiar situation to a new one, changing schools for example, they find working within a new routine can be difficult, especially in the beginning. At the same time, stress can make the tedious nature of any routine a challenge in itself. Consequently, routines can be difficult to maintain, yet maintaining a routine is what allows students to maintain good homework habits.
Furthermore, maintaining a healthy routine requires an individual to recognize when outside influences affect how and when the homework is completed as well as to what quality. Clearly, a person obsessed with Facebook or video games needs to disable these programs, or shut down his or her computer when it is not needed, while studying. For those who encounter too many distractions in their current study areas, they need to simply find a more suitable study area and stay away from locations with distractions until their work is done. As for friends, unless they are focused on studying, the routine needs to exclude them.
On the other hand, friends can also be invaluable resources. No one can master every facet of their studies in the given amount of time allotted to students while different perspectives are useful when it comes to understanding new concepts and asking the right questions. As such, it is important to find good studiers who are working on the same material. Doing so both enriches the study process and reinforces good study habits, so long as study sessions remain on track. Once again, friends, who fail to live up to these expectations, cannot be part of the study routine as they are nothing more than distractions.
Homework can be overwhelming, yet drawing the endeavor out by engaging in poor study habits only leads to poor results and greater frustration. Establishing good study habits can also be challenging, yet maintaining these habits can be even more difficult, especially in the face of change. Preemptively strengthening a routine can help drive back the ill effects of a changing environment and improve performance while maintaining a routine is the only way of ensuring healthy homework habits. Moreover, a strong routine is the best way to both establish and maintain good study habits.