Developing Good Homework Habits: Tricks For Middle School Students


The jump from elementary to middle school can be quite challenging for many. The school work is different, the class schedules are longer and more demanding, and the take home assignments take up a lot more time than anyone was previously accustomed to. Developing good homework habits is absolutely essential in order to find success in middle school. So we thought we would provide students with some tricks on doing just that:

Using a Monthly and Weekly Planner

The first trick for middle school students is to invest in a good monthly and weekly planner to organize one’s classroom assignments throughout the semester. A good planner will help you stay on top of your homework tasks and will let you plan your social life and other responsibilities around class so that you don’t become overwhelmed.

Creating a Personal Workspace

Another trick is to create a personal workspace to get your homework tasks completed without distractions. You generally want to create a space where you aren’t surround by electronics, family, or anything else that could occasionally keep you from getting what you need finished.

Reviewing Your List of Tasks Each Night

Before starting your middle school homework, one of the best habits you can develop is to review your list of tasks for the night. This will help you break up your assignments into smaller and more manageable tasks as well as set a schedule for how long each of those tasks should take you.

Get Started On Time, the Same Time

One of the most effective habits for students to develop in middle school is starting their assignments on time and at the same time each evening. Human brains are wired in favor of habitual activities (i.e., muscle memory) so getting into a rhythm should allow you to get started with your homework more easily in just a matter of days.

Schedule and Take Your Breaks

You’re not going to be able to complete your work quickly and efficiently if you don’t allow yourself some time to re-energize by taking short mental and physical breaks. Be sure to schedule breaks throughout the evening. A really good method is to set up breaks after specific tasks are met. For instance, you may plan to take a break after completing 10 math problems or a break after writing a page on an essay assignment. Whatever works best for you is okay, just be sure to stick with it!