We watch cartoons, we play online games, we get information on the internet, we get school supplies, we get ready for school, and we get ready for bed. So, when we walk into our homes, we take our kids with us, we get our homework done, we check on the progress from our cell phone, we make sure we have enough batteries in our laptops, we turn the TV off, we turn the computer on, and we do our homework. It has become so routine, it almost feels automatic. The internet is the new school.
We do our homework now, we turn on the computer, we download material from the web and we do our research. We’re researching and finding facts, figures, and anything else that might help us when we go to college. We’ve become information machines, just like the computers we use at work. That doesn’t mean we don’t need to do some work, we do, but the pace of it has slowed down. So, now, we want to do some real work and not some work at home, like playing games or surfing the internet.
The old-fashioned way to do your homework now is to do it one night a week, and then another one the next night, and so on. You might put in your project, do some problem solving and do your homework. Then, you’d go to bed. You woke up the next day, tried to do your project, failed miserably, went back to bed and started the whole process all over again. I’m sure you’ve experienced this numerous times before.
This is not efficient nor effective. In fact, it’s kind of boring, because you already know the answer or are close, or you have a rough idea what the answer is. And that’s just not motivating.
So, the question is – how do you do your homework now? You start by picking a good old-fashioned book, preferably a hardbound, textbooks style book that is still in print. That will make it really easy to follow, since there are no new terms or concepts introduced. Start simple. That way, if you need help, you can just refer to the back of the book, or you can read it cover to cover and get the gist of it.
Another great way to do your homework now is to use an online flash card program. These use a grid, and you simply guide your mouse over a square (or whatever) in that grid, and the computer tells you what the definition of the word is. Flash cards like this are very easy to use, and you can build up your study skills extremely fast with this approach.
Last but not least, another great way to do your homework now is to go through your notes. Look for anything that is wrong, jot it down, and look at your answers. See if you’ve got anything wrong, write it down, and check your answers. Not only is this a good way to do your homework now, but you’ll also be able to see where you may have been going wrong before you try out the exam.