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Studying for exams from home

Choosing to prepare for an upcoming exam in your house is perfectly fine but you must study in a space where you won't get distracted and you'll be able to study and work in peace.

The first step you should take to figure out if an environment is proper for exam prep is paying attention to how many distractions there are around you. The best spot is probably your house's study, and if you do not have one, you can try the dining room table.

Trying to study in your bedroom can be counterproductive because you'll be tempted to go lay down on the bed and take a nap or watch TV.

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Doing homework well is not the same as doing it great, and to do your best you have to make sure you're working hard to stay above average. Photo by Giovanni Gagliardi on Unsplash

If your desk is in your room and you are constantly getting distracted by its comfort, you should probably consider moving the desk to another room in the house. However, if there is no other place to put it you'll have to adapt yourself and work in your room.

A kitchen is often a popular place for students because you have a big table and comfortable chairs. But, choosing to study in the kitchen can be a mistake because it can be distracting.

Other family members can be constantly coming in and out of the kitchen, and in the process, they can talk to you and make you lose focus. Or, you can be distracted by the prospect of food and drinks, and instead of spending a couple of hours doing homework, you'd spend days going over the class material because you keep taking food breaks.

Other places you should avoid are the communal spaces in the house. For example, if your family has a desk in the TV room, you should ask if you can move the desk to another spot because if you have your mother watching the news or siblings catching up on the latest episode of their favorite TV show you'll end up getting distracted and not working.

Do you have an exam coming up? Continue reading to find all the tips you need to study for exams from home and get an A+.

Effective ways of doing homework

If you learn how to do your homework effectively you are going to save time and energy in the future because you'll be productive and less stressed.

Sometimes stress can be one of the factors making us procrastinate. We think of all the things we have to do, stress about it, and decide to deal with it later.

But, if you are controlling your stress you'll look at your notes and you'll feel excited or energized to start your homework instead of feeling overwhelmed and annoyed.

There are many techniques you can practice to reduce your stress and focus better while doing homework or studying.

For instance, if you exercise daily you'll take care of your physical health and by releasing endorphines —known as happy hormones– you'll take care of your mental health because it will lower your stress levels.

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While you read the course content make sure you write down all the questions you have so that you can schedule a meeting with your teacher and get answers the next time you see them. Photo by Alexandra Fuller on Unsplash

Another way of controlling stress is by learning relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, imagery, and mindfulness meditation. You should find a quiet place in your house so that you can practice any of these.

Getting a good night's sleep is also very important and another great way of relaxing so try to avoid staying up scrolling on social media until 2 am.

You also need to manage the amount of work and time you'll have. If you know you have an exam coming up don't wait to start studying the night before. You can divide up the course material and study and schedule study time every day. If you read the content for a couple of hours every day then you'll be ready for the test days before you have to take it.

Finally, we recommend you set realistic goals for yourself. Many students get stressed because they had other expectations of themselves before a test or starting an entire course. If your expectations are unrealistic you'll end up letting yourself down and being more stressed.

If you have a clear idea of what your strengths and weaknesses are you'll have clear objectives and goals.

No matter how tedious homework is it is part of our education so continue reading and learning how students can effectively do their homework.

Hire a private tutor

Private tutoring has become very popular, especially during the pandemic. Students need extra guidance with their school classes and parents want their kids to do their best in school.

A tutor will use the time of the sessions to guide and support the kid in whichever area of school they're struggling with. They will answer all their questions, review the class material, give them some exercises to practice, and keep them on track with their assignments.

People often believe that tutors should only work with struggling kids, but that is not necessarily the case. There can be an outstanding kid who gets an A on every assignment but struggles with stress and anxiety. If this student works with a tutor they can learn to organize themselves, apply different techniques to calm their nerves, and continue to be effective without stressing.

Working with a tutor can bring the student many benefits because the one-on-one modality allows the tutor to only pay attention to one student. Compared to a university course where there are over 30 students per class and the teacher has to pay attention to everyone.

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Getting good grades is about being serious about the class review, taking clear notes, and doing your homework, and it's also about resting and getting a good night's sleep. Photo by javier trueba on Unsplash

There is no precise way of figuring out when to hire a tutor. Some people hire a tutor when things are complicated and others anticipate the hard classes they are going to have and decide to start the year with a tutor.

However, the great thing about tutoring is the sessions can be held online or in-person, it is up to you to decide. If you're still trying to stay inside you can always look for someone who gives classes online or if you want to meet up with your tutor, you can ask for that too.

Remember that students do not improve their grades and their understanding of a subject after one lesson with a private tutor. This is a learning process that will take hours of effort and focus.

Do you need guidance with school? We tell you when is it appropriate to hire a private tutor.

Homework tips

If you're a student looking to improve their homework doing skills, here are have some advice for you:

  • Get rid of distractions - you want to create an environment that is free of distractions and it can be challenging but you need to identify what are the things that distract you and remove them from your space.
  • Time yourself - if you set up a timer you can measure how long it takes you to complete a task and in the future, you can plan your day accordingly.
  • Know what your teachers want - you'll come across teachers who want neat papers, others that don't care for mistakes, someone that is paying attention to grammar, and so on. Understanding what they want and what they're looking for is helpful.
  • Make a list - having a to-do list is very helpful, especially when you're at the end of the year and you have a lot on your plate. A list will make you keep up with class and homework.
  • Reward yourself - if you have an incentive waiting for you once you are done with your work you'll have something to look forward to, and that'll make you get through your assignments faster.
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If you do well in school you'll end up studying in a great university and the future, you will land your dream job. Photo by Redd on Unsplash

On the other hand, if you're a parent concerned for your children we've got some great advice for you too:

  • Create a "study time" - if your kids have a set hour of the day when they are supposed to be doing the homework you'll help them create a habit that they will cherish to have the rest of their student and adult life.
  • Let them do their assignments - they will ask for your help but you must learn to differentiate between helping them and doing their work for them.
  • Have "homework areas" - if your kids have a specific spot in the house where they can do their homework or go study they will learn to separate spaces and become more productive.
  • Teach them to make a plan - many children need help organizing themselves; you can show them how to plan out their days and their homework.
  • With continuing problems, get assistance - if you notice that your child has an issue concentrating or understanding a subject and it's beyond your level of knowledge you can always seek help with a private tutor.

Find more on our article homework tips.

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