“When I’m doing my homework, when should I take a break?”
Short answer: When it’s finished.
Long answer: Taming the Homework Monster is easy if students start their work early. Here are the three primary challenges to doing homework:
- Starting. By far the most common problem that I hear from the high school students I coach is that just getting started is the hardest part.
- Getting stuck. The second (and far less common) is getting stuck or not understanding the material well-enough to keep moving forward.
- Finishing. Another common problem is for students to leave just enough unfinished work for the following day that they can do before school, between classes, or during breaks.
Working as a Life Coach for teenagers for the past eight years, here’s what I know works the best (and yes, you can pass this along to your teenager and tell them that John recommends this):
As soon as you get home, start doing your homework and don’t stop until it’s completely finished!
You don’t really need a break, and once you build up your stamina to push through and finish your homework, you realize three huge benefits:
- Your brain is actually fresher and the material is fresher in your mind because you’re approaching it again soon after school.
- Once it’s finished, you’ll have the rest of your evening to really relax without something in the back of your mind nagging you.
- You’ll start to like school.
About the last one… yes, really. You’ll actually start to genuinely like school. (And yes, your secret is safe with me.)
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