How to Balance Your Time to Make an A+ Homework

Parents, students, and educators alike have caught right in the middle of the topic of motivation versus self-control and the ways in which effective balancing of the two can lead to more learning productivity and overall homework success. There are people who sit along every point of this scale, and for those who take the issue seriously, finding the perfect place on this scale is essential. Here are a few things you should know about finding the right balance between motivation and self-control when it comes to completing assignments of A+ quality:






Understanding One’s Personal Strengths

Start finding and implementing the perfect balance between motivation and self-control by making a complete list of your personal strengths. You may notice you do particularly well in specific subjects. Take inventory and decide whether you have done well by using either motivation or self-control more than the other. Do this with all subjects and determine what needs to be improved. Although this won’t be a precise picture, you should have a pretty good idea of the areas you will need to work on in order to create the right balance to earn higher homework grades and succeed academically.

Making a List of Goals and Achievements

After you’ve made a list of your personal strengths in each of your academic subjects you can start to make detailed lists of your goals and achievements. Some people are better at particular subjects more so than the rest. This can determine your enthusiasm towards specific assignments and directly affect whether you have an easier time finishing some tasks before others.

Putting the Two Methods into Practice

After you’ve developed a plan of tangible goals and achievements for each of the two methods, it’s time you but each one into practice. This can be made easier by using a daily work or assignment journal. List out how much you want to put into either motivation or self-control for each of your assignments (a simple scale of 1 to 5 can work quite effectively) and spend a few minutes each night determining if you were successful in implementing your strategy. It’ really important that you do this every night since you will find that there will be a number of variables determining your success. Keep detailed notes to so that you can identify where adjustments need to be made.

Reevaluating and Making Adjustments

This next step is one of the most important ones in that it requires you to constantly reevaluate and make adjustments to your method of completing homework assignments. No matter what the subject, you should always be aware of whether or not motivation or self-control had a positive or negative effect on your academic success. Your evaluations may reveal that you only need to make small adjustments, but in some cases these adjustments can be great and you should make them early so that you don’t fall into a counter-productive habit and allow your grades to plummet.

Actively Maintaining the Perfect Balance

Finally the last step needed in creating the perfect balance is actively maintaining it throughout the school term. It’s natural for students to become a bit complacent when it comes to completing their homework assignments, and often any dropping off of either motivation or self-control comes because students fall into a rhythm that is neither challenging nor particularly easy. The most important thing to do is to be proactive about keeping the right balance by keeping track of what seems to work and what doesn’t and noting tangible results that can be evaluated every other week.

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