How to Make Homework Less Work

Schools today assign 50% more homework than when your parents were students. Make your workload lighter with these simple tricks.

You will need

  • Homework
  • Well-lit work space
  • Your favorite tunes

Step 1 Pick spot Pick a spot where you can do your homework every day. Clear it of any potential distractions.

Step 2 Listen to music Listen to music. Studies have found that, for some people, playing their favorite tunes helps them get through homework faster by acting as ‘white noise’ that drowns out distractions.

Step 3 Take notes Take notes while reading. Writing down key points can improve your recall.

Step 4 Snack Snack on carbs, like pretzels and popcorn, while you do your homework. They boost serotonin—a brain chemical that makes you calmer and helps you focus.

Step 5 Chew gum If you don’t feel like snacking, chew gum—it activates certain chemicals in the brain that help improve short- and long-term memory.

Step 6 Take breaks Take breaks! Keep the oxygen flowing to your brain and avoid eyestrain by getting up every half hour and moving around for at least five minutes.
Now back to work.