- I moved for the first time when I was six years old. My parents had decided to leave North Arlington, New Jersey, to go to IIford, London, because of my dad’s work. Half-way across the world and far from the life I knew. From that point on, it seemed that every 2-3 years, I would have to move. You start to get used to how things go when you leave somewhere. The repetitive motion of saying goodbye, leaving a community, leaving behind a place that has helped make you, you. Each place holds all sorts of memories, experiences, people, moments, laughter, and tears. Moving from Texas to India was an especially hard move. Because of Covid, we have to move within a month since International travel wouldn’t be allowed for much longer. But only a couple of weeks after coming to India, I joined a new school. I chose the Cambridge curriculum at Delhi Public School, Nachram. By the time I started joining the classes, a few months of 9th grade was already over. With all the syllabus to catch up on, the upcoming internal exam, and the homework, I was stressed. After the excitement of new classes and new friends wore off, only one thought remained in my mind: How am I going to do all this? Thankfully, all the teachers were incredibly helpful, and I learned all the material in no time, but I still had the homework. In Cambridge, there is a lot to learn, so along with your subjects, you have to develop time-management. Here are a few things I do to make sure I get my work done on time.
- Make a Schedule
In class, whenever you get a homework assignment, immediately write it down on a post-it or in a journal. This way, you won’t forget anything. Make a checklist for yourself or a schedule if you prefer more detail. As you finish each assignment, cross it off.
2. No Distractions
While doing your homework, make sure to close all your tabs unless you need them open. Don’t keep youtube or Instagram open to avoid wasting time.
3. Take Breaks
Set a goal, for example: finishing Math homework, and then take a 5-10 minute break.
Get up, stretch, walk around, drink some water, and come back and continue working. But try not to go on your phone. You’ll soon find yourself procrastinating and extend your break(coming from personal experience).
4. Self Care
Don’t just sit in front of your desk all day. Go outside and get some fresh air.
Make sure you don’t stay up all night or wake up really early to do your homework. A lack of sleep will make it harder for you to concentrate and get your work done.
Make sure to manage your time efficiently and when you finish your homework, try something new, like painting or learning an instrument.
– SaiBhavana Yeedubilli, Grade 9A