To most people, homework is a stressful, time-consuming annoyance. Not only does it take time to complete, but it severely limits other activities such as going out if you don’t do your work in advance. The solution to many is to build a study system, that will manage their workload and reduce stress and limitations. I know from personal experience that if these systems are not perfect, they will probably fail. That’s why it is important to know the top reasons people’s systems fail, so you can build yours stronger.
1. The system is not sustainable. Maybe part of your system was to spend the first 2 hours after classes studying and doing your work or reports. That way you would have the rest of the night free. The only problem is that you have work after school on tuesday and thursday, with would completely throw off your system. Make sure you plan the system around your current lifestyle, not around some ideal lifestyle that you thought of.
2. They haven’t factored in surges of work. Mainly in high school, your workload will fluctuate greatly between peak work periods. One week you may be studying your butt off, the next you have almost no work. The trick to avoid this is using a system that capitalizes on those down-times and evens out the surge from those high workload periods.
3. They cannot return to their system after getting off track. Whatever your system, you should have a way of returning to normal if you miss a day or two of work. You need to prioritize your work and studying and probably work a big longer each day for a while. As easy as this sounds, many people simply abandon their system if they fall off the horse.
4. They focus too much on academics. If you have a good academic system, then leave it at that. Do not try to focus too hard on it. Remember it’s purpose: to free you of stress and limitations so you are free to do other things. If you start to center around your work system, it will not accomplish it’s task.
Personally, I use Gradefix as my study management system. It manages my work load, and even lets me customize how much time I have available each day of the week. I can see how much work I will have on any night, it helps me get back on track if I miss a day or two of work, and it’s just a website, so it’s hard to focus too much on it. The best part is, it automatically smooths out those surges of high workload for you! You don’t even need to think, because it will schedule all your work and take care of the nitty gritty.