It is common and easy for college students to fall behind on their homework. This can be due to different reasons, for example, being disorganized, procrastinating and not being consistent.
One of the many reasons why students fall behind on their homework is because they don’t know how to manage their time efficiently. This is a problem that can be solved easily by using a task management app such as Google Calendar or Microsoft Calendar.
Another reason might be procrastination. Having to complete a complex assignment can easily demotivate anyone. That is why all complex tasks should be broken down into manageable pieces. More on that below.
These are three simple steps you can take to make you more productive and organized and not fall behind on your homework.
1. Use a task management app
The average college student takes four or five classes per semester. It can be very difficult to keep up with all the assignments as that requires us to be remembering stuff, which of course, is not an easy task.
Using a task management app with all our tasks written down in one place can help us remember important stuff such as assignments, project due dates, quizzes, and exams.
At the beginning of the semester, or as soon as you hear about a new assignment, quiz, exam, etc, add it to your task management app.
What app to use? If your college uses Microsoft Office 365, the email app already comes with a Calendar feature built-in. Another good option is Google Calendar. Both are great and solve the same problem, but feel free to use any other app.
2. Break your tasks into manageable pieces
It is common for anyone to procrastinate on assignments they see as complex, that is why you should be breaking your tasks into smaller pieces, this way you’ll make a complex assignment less intimidating.
For example, let’s say you need to write a 1000+ word essay. You probably have no idea how to start the essay. Such a complex task could make anyone procrastinate. That is why we will make it less intimidating by breaking it into small pieces. You could start brainstorming, then doing some research, writing the outline, writing the first paragraph, etc.
3. Be consistent
Many students fail at being consistent and doing their homework every single day. This results in their schedule getting disorganized and having more work to do on a tighter schedule.
Your entire schedule can get messy if you miss a day of work. To prevent tasks from piling up, you should set aside some time every day to do your school work.
Falling behind on your homework sucks and it can have a huge impact on your grades. The moment we fall behind on just one homework, we will fall behind on more. To prevent this from happening, the best option is to use a task management app where we can keep everything organized.
Not using a task management app isn’t the only reason why many students fall behind on their homework. Another reason is due to the task being too complex. Seeing a complex homework can easily destroy our motivation to complete it, preventing us from even starting. To fix this, all tasks should be broken into smaller pieces.
Finally, being consistent is the key to success. You should be working on your assignments every single day as that will not only help you become more disciplined, it will also help you focus on what’s important during the semester.