I’ve officially been home from my first of two senior years of undergrad for almost a month now. It’s summer: the time to unwind and destress from the insanity of the school year. This is the time of year where I have the most time to sit down and really crank out some writing projects without the distraction of classes. So, what to write about when I have all this school-free time? How about a “How to do Homework” tutorial? This is my 100% foolproof method of accomplishing homework during the school year. It’s much easier to learn this process when you are away from the hustle and bustle of actual student life. If you are a recent high school graduate and want to know what the best way to succeed is when you start your college adventure, look no further than the list below.
How To Do Homework: Undergrad Edition
Step 1: Make some coffee- You need fuel!
Step 2: Make a list- It’s great to have a ground plan for what you want to accomplish that evening. Write out all the things you need to get done during this homework session.
Step 3: Clean your dorm- You can’t complete homework to the best of your abilities with a messy living space!
Step 4: Do the dishes- Well, you don’t want to be distracted by the fact that there are messy dishes in the sink while you are working on your studies.
Step 5: Reheat coffee- Your coffee got cold while cleaning. Nothing a quick 30-seconds in the microwave can’t fix!
Step 6: Make flashcards- Flashcards are the heart and soul of a great study session.
Step 7: Reward yourself with a snack- You’ve got a nice, pretty stack of flashcards next to you; time for another fuel break!
Step 8: Do the reading– Having some gypsy jazz playing in the background is helpful to make this more enjoyable.
Step 9: Snapchat the book you’re reading with the coffee cup- If it’s not on Snapchat, did it really happen?
Step 10: Reheat your coffee- You’re a slow drinker; pop it in for another 30 seconds.
Step 11: Hang upside down- Contemplating dropping out of school is optional at this point, but not recommended. You can chose to hang upside down from your bed, the couch, or your chair. You’re a pro at hanging upside down from your chair, since you have done this before in your Design Fundamentals class (sorry Cassie).
Step 12: Take notes on the reading- Use fun colored pens and highlighters to make it more engaging.
Step 13: Make a Quizlet- That way you can use your 15 minute walk to class as extra study time on your phone.
Step 14: Make another Quizlet- Your first Quizlet had the titles, the second Quizlet has the names. It’s not a waste of time; you’re studying by making the Quizlets.
Step 15: Reheat your coffee- This is the last time, I swear.
Step 16: Start studying through the first Quizlet- This can get addicting.
Step 17: Realize you should make one more Quizlet for good measure- Okay okay, hear me out. For art history, I had a Quizlet with the names of pieces, another one for the artist names, and then another one with the dates/genres. IT WAS NOT OVERKILL.
Step 18: Go bother your roommates- Bonus points if you go bother your boyfriend’s roommates by throwing one of their shoes into the elevator.
Step 19: Reheat your coffee- What is wrong with you?
Step 20: Burn your tongue because there wasn’t a lot of coffee left that you just reheated- …
Step 21: Make more coffee- *sigh*
Step 22: Notice that it’s 11:30pm- This is the ideal time to contemplate dropping out.
Step 23: Write the paper you’ve been procrastinating on all week in a panic because you want to go to bed- You forgot about this paper because you made all those Quizlets.
Step 24: Admit defeat, go to bed- Sometimes, it’s better to just sleep than run yourself ragged.
Step 25: Wake up the next morning, vowing to never do that to yourself again- You’ve learned; you’ve grown.
Step 26: Go about three weeks with a better hold on your homework- You’ve got sticky notes, phone alarms, and lots of notes written into your calendar to remind you. You even have a homing-pigeon who brings you homework reminders at lunch.
Step 27: Spend one night playing Risk and video games- The best of evenings.
Step 28: Throw off your helpful homework schedule- What have you done?
Step 29: Circle back to step 1- Repeat until graduation.
I hope that you have found this comprehensive guide useful. Stay tuned for How to do Homework: Master’s Program Edition, coming only Lord knows when.
Until Next Time,