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Posted 9/24/16
Classical music, hide away in a library or a coffee shop. Getting stuff done at home is really hard because there are distractions everywhere
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People who can do well in school while expending minimal effort are rare. Even if you don't need extra practice, classes can be structured so that you cannot do well without putting in the work (engineering classes come to mind immediately). Studying to better master material and to be certain of your skills is recommended--and for most--essential. The posters who are saying there is no homework in "real life" have missed the point. In the world of work, you will be required to perform tasks and master skills that you may or may not like in order to earn a living. You should put your best foot forward and develop a strong work ethic.

Set a schedule for yourself and stick to it. Make doing well a top priority, no matter the assignment or subject. Work hard and work smart. Make sure your work area is free of distractions. If you need to look something up online, make sure you stick to it (unless you are taking a short break). If you struggle to stay motivated, try to find something about a subject that really appeals to you and focus on that. Build momentum so that you can push past stuff you truly loathe.

Give yourself all the advantages you can and work to the best of your ability.
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Posted 9/25/16

Cait_Sidhe wrote:

For high school? Do as much of it at school as possible. Not only will you be in a more productive mode and environment, but you'll also have free evenings (barring huge projects and essays, of course).

Then again, I never had anything going on during breaks or lunches.

For college, maybe this won't apply to everyone, but I'd say prioritize. I couldn't get everything done and lead a healthy life simultaneously. Pick your priorities and stick with them. Mine were always sleep and whatever classes I understood the least. Bombing a homework assignment or two was preferable to bombing an exam. The point breakdowns in the syllabus were like holy scripture to me. "The homework is worth 15% total so if I miss one it might lower my grade by 1% or so. Ok how much is this exa-HOLY CRAP IT'S 40%!"


Yeah, the breakdown in most of my courses was like that too. In the capstone course for my major I simply didn't do the final because it was a pretty insignificant part of my grade... err well, 10%, but I didn't really mind taking a B average if it meant I wouldn't have to write a 15 page paper. Really have to pay attention to the syllabus in each class, though; in another, the final was 60% of the grade. I would definitely agree: prioritize. If you need a break and can take the hit of missing an assignment or turning it in late, then do it.
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