How To Make Homework and Fun Synonymous...er Than Usual
Making homework fun sounds almost impossible and maybe it is. But there are ways you can make homework a little more bearable.
Do it with a friend
This is an almost foolproof way to make homework more fun than what is normal. If you have a friend with you, you can solve problems with your friend, so that's less pressure on you. The only downside to doing homework with a friend is that you might end up fooling around instead of finishing your homework. Other than that, though, doing your homework with a friend is an excellent idea.
Listen to music
But be careful not to listen to anything you're familiar with or you'll find yourself immersing yourself into the music rather than your homework. Listen to something that isn't so distracting. I would suggest classical music as classical music is also a great brain stimulant. If you find classical music boring, however, take a look at this post by Barista Alexandra.
Reward yourself at the end
I've said this time and time again, but rewarding yourself is an awesome incentive to study or to do whatever else you don't necessarily like doing. If you have something to look forward to when you're done with all your homework, you'll work faster and everything will seem much easier, even the most difficult math problems!
Take breaks to have snacks
Every hour or so, take a 5-10 minute break. You can't just sit in one spot and finish all your homework in one go. You'll brain will explode. Take it easy and take little breaks to eat a little chocolate or some other snack you would like to eat. Maybe chips, water, or fruit.
Use fun stationery
I tend to do my homework with the craziest colors. I'm pretty artistic and I love it when my homework is something other than the usual black mess I make. I use red, blue, green, purple... and a whole heap of highlighters to keep my homework looking fun and awesome. You could also use nice graphic paper or whatever so that you won't fall asleep.
Make a game out of it
Pretend you're a teacher solving a math problem for your students to understand how to get that x out of the denominator. Pretend you're an editor at Harper Collins as you tackle that book summary. Pretend you're a secretary who's writing notes on a meeting that is happening on your textbook.
Well, then, maybe your homework will be a little less harsh on your mental health now. :)
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