Miss Frugal is in Year 11 now at school and she’s definitely noticed a difference when it comes to homework and the demands of the teachers. The expectation on her and her classmates seems to be that they can complete tasks in much less time than they’re used to simply because they’re the oldest in the school and are classed as young adults.
They might be told they have a day to complete some quite complex math’s problems or even to read and research something ready to write a full essay on their findings in very little time and she is most definitely struggling. I know a lot of students turn are asking for help from parents or siblings and some are even using an essay writing service, but before you encourage your child to try that, share these four tips with them and see if that helps!
Have the right attitude
It will get tough and overwhelming, but all you have to do it to get the right attitude. It’s really important to do this before starting to write your essay. You’ll sometimes panic, you’ll think you won’t have enough time, and that you just cannot do it. And the deadline is coming. It’s all seems hopeless to you. However, most of the time it’s not your situation, and you need to get rid of those thoughts. They do nothing but make you feel insecure, and you’ll lose a lot of time this way. You need to be positive and think that you can do it. And you will do it – a great job, and you’ll also impress your teacher with your work. The whole key is to stay calm.
Turn off your phone and stay away from social media
Let’s say you only have a couple of hours to write your essay. You cannot waste that time on social media – you won’t even realize when the time passes. You cannot procrastinate if you want to get the work done, so it’s time you turn off your phone and don’t check Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram until you’re done writing. Anything that might distract you should be ignored. You can even put a do not disturb sign on your doorknob.
Type, don’t handwrite
Many people type faster than they write with their hands, especially if we’re talking about young people. If the teacher did not require you to handwrite it, then you should type it. It’s also much easier to edit it and change words. It’s easier for the teacher too – sometimes they don’t understand the handwriting of different kids – so seeing the text typed will also come as a relief for them.
Understand the topic
This is crucial, especially if you’re in a rush. You can read the question but don’t really understand it. And you might start writing the essay and, when you’re almost finished, to see that you got it wrong. And that it’s too late to change it.
Your brain will see what it wants to see, especially when you’re under pressure. You need to read the question very carefully then make sure you really understood it. Underline the key words and analyze them. After you’ve completely understood the topic, you can start writing.
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