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Homework tips for school students: why is it so hard to do your assignment?


Homework has to be done. It is as simple as that. Well, knowing is as simple as that. But when it comes to the doing, it is a whole different story. Understanding that there are very often perfectly legitimate reasons for not doing homework, we can try to get around them, and make homework less of a fight. So, why is it so hard to do your assignment?

  • Boring
  • In most cases, the truth is that it is hard to do your assignment because it is boring. If something does not get your attention, does not engage you, it is very difficult to get it done. This is true of most work, not simply school or college homework! So, get used to it!

  • It is HOMEwork!
  • One reason that work can seem even more boring at home than it does at school is that home is where you relax, where you have fun, and where you are not at school. Work, at home, has to compete with a great many more appealing pastimes. Try to minimise these by working at a library, or without the internet.

  • Too Challenging
  • At the opposite end of the engagement and attention scale to boring, unchallenging work is too difficult work. When something is beyond us, then it can make us feel pretty bad; this does not, of course, make you want to do it! If this is the case for you, ask for a little more support and guidance.

  • Not Interested in Subject
  • Some homework can be tougher than others, depending on our own strengths. It is unlikely that you will enjoy both math and English, for example, to the same degree. It is tempting to focus on the one you do feel engaged with and to neglect the others.

  • Do not Understand the Point of Homework
  • Not understanding why you are doing homework, not knowing that it is, essentially, for YOU, can make it feel like it is something we have to do for school. But, knowing that we are building toward our future with homework can make all the work seem worthwhile!

So, there are some pretty good, legitimate reasons that homework seems like a step too far. But knowing why this feels like the case, knowing some of the reasons for this, can help to avoid them.