Homework organization tips: Smart tricks to save your time

Fitting in all your homework and study requirements demands strategy and forethought. At some point your free time will get sucked up by all your assignment obligations, but this can be prevented with some clever time-saving tips.

Become an expert topic generator

Thinking up topics is one of the most time-consuming exercises for any writer. Use the 5-W method for coming up with original topics for whatever subject you are writing about.

  • WHAT is the core of your topic?
  • WHO does it involve? (This doesn’t have to be one person, it can also be society, government entities, or the reader him/herself)
  • WHERE are you leading the reader?
  • WHEN was your topic relevant for? (This has to do with setting)
  • WHY is your topic relevant to the reader?

These questions should help you form a compelling topic within two minutes, but as your content develops, don’t be afraid to change something to make it fit better.

Know how to jot down key points

Your key points are everything! They will define your subheadings, the thesis of your argument, the relevance of each sentence and paragraph, as well as the time it takes to complete your paper. While researching, write down key points in such a way that you will remember how they fit into your bigger picture. Any bit of information that doesn’t help boost your argument, should be replaced with a fact that does. Keep it relevant!

Monitor your time

Allocate yourself no more than 20 minutes per 500 words of your writing assignment. This doesn’t mean you should rush yourself. If your writing slows down to a pace where that time limit is not met, stop, lay it aside for later, and continue with the next paragraph.

When you assignment is finished, come back to all those unfinished sections. You’ll be amazed at the clarity of thought you possess by the time you look at each section with new eyes.

Leave proofreading to a friend

Instead of leaving a gap between writing and proofreading, email your assignment to a class mate and have him or her email theirs to you. Fresh eyes proofreading your work will ensure that less mistakes slip through the cracks—and the same goes for your proofreading of your classmate’s work.

Remember at this point to ensure that the topic, main argument, and content all harmonize with each other. Provide these guidelines to your classmate too, and make sure he or she understands how it all ties in together.