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Homework can be easy and even fun if you do it right.

By fun, I’m not saying you’ll throw out your computer and beg your teacher for just a few more assignments.

I mean fun enough that you’ll feel good to get it out instead of procrastinating. (When something is fun, it kills procrastination.)

Teachers usually recommend students use the bang-your-head against it approach to homework advice. They’ll tell you all the wrong ways to do your homework. They’ll say:

  • Take your time
  • Try to really “get it”
  • Work hard!

Sure… they might have good intentions but most of these strategies are counter-productive. For all the good you get out of them, you sacrifice something much more important.

The most important thing isn’t that you always get an impossibly high score.

For a perfect score, there is no amount of time you shouldn’t be studying. You might as well study all day for perfect because, odds are, you’re still going to mess up once in a while. It’s the perfectionism nightmare they’re encouraging.

The key is finding the right balance for your life.

You can do your homework is less time than you think. There are only a few things that you should know…

Go Irresponsibly Fast

Never slow down during your homework.

From the second you tell yourself, “I need to do my homework,” you shouldn’t stop. Get up immediately. Walk to your stuff. Grab what you need. Throw all the crap on your desk on the floor. Sit down. Answer the questions.

Don’t sit and think about the questions a second longer than you have to.

If you think you know the answer then write it down. Write it down fast enough that it’s a little sloppy. Write it fast enough that you can’t think about anything except that writing.

Then immediately start the next question.

As soon as you pause, you’re allowing yourself to get distracted. The faster you move, the less opportunity you have to be distracted.

Distraction is responsible for the complete destruction of any semblance of productivity in almost every case.

If you don’t allow yourself to stay 100% focused then you’re setting yourself up for more of a challenge.

Pausing is an invitation for distractions.

What if you have to pause to answer a question?

That’s okay once in a while. This is going to be common at first.

If you genuinely don’t know the answer then skip it and come back to it later.

After you answer everything you can go back and try again.

Before you go back to answer the questions, take a look at the time.

Track Time Or Lose It

Start tracking how long each assignment takes you. There are two times I recommend watching carefully.

  1. The time to answer all the questions you know
  2. The time to finish the assignment completely

(Doing those “hard” questions can often take longer than every other question on the test. When you’re tight on time, it’s worth considering skipping the tough ones completely.)

If you think you know the answer but can’t immediately think of it then either:

  1. Throw your best guess
  2. Close your eyes and take a breather


That’s okay too. It happens to everyone. Just pause. Re-asses your goal of moving as quickly as possible. Then get moving!

Does this seem completely impossible?

I’ll explain how it’s possible a little later.

Steal Your Teachers Shoes

After you finish answering all the questions, you want to remember the old joke:

Before you judge someone, you want to walk a mile in their shoes. (That way you’re a mile away and have their shoes.)

The real meaning: how would you feel if you were them?

When you rush through your assignments, there are consequences.

You will be messier than usual. You might make more silly mistakes.

That could cost you points if you don’t steal your teachers shoes and walk a mile in them before class. (That’s a metaphor… Don’t blame me for your shoe sniping.)

Before you hand in your assignment, always check every single question.

Reread the questions and your answers and make sure they still make sense to you.

Read them like you’re a teacher trying to deduct points from your own paper. Be a judgmental teacher that you would hate to actually have. As you’re going through it, correct every silly mistake you made and neaten up anything that’s particularly disruptive.

You’ll notice this process is a whole lot easier than going through the test slowly because the hard part is done.

You’ve separated the two separate forms of thinking about the assignment.

You know that voice you normally hear in the back of your head telling you that you’re doing it wrong?

It’s that judgmental perfectionist voice that makes it so hard to answer the questions.

After practicing this style of homework a few times, you’ll notice that perfectionist voice goes away while you’re rushing through the assignment because you don’t even have time to think about it.

Then, when you get to the judgement phase, that voice is used productively instead of ruining your ability to finish the assignment.

There is one more important part to this strategy that’s absolutely essential to your success.

Give Yourself A Massive Head Start

The honest to goodness truth is a bit of a bummer.

If you’re behind in class then homework is going to be way slower.

If you’re kicking-ass in class then you could probably bust your homework out in five minutes after class.

If doing your homework doesn’t feel like you’re just filling out forms then you’re not as prepared as you could be for class. (Math can be a typical exception.)

Most homework should be as easy as filling out a personal survey. You shouldn’t need to look stuff up often. You shouldn’t need to sit down and think hard about much. It should be automatic because you know the answers that well.

Sound impossible?

That’s just a sign you’ve been indoctrinated with the wrong strategies for learning.

This is a complicated subject but learning for class is easy when you’re using the right strategies. That’s what this blog is all about. That’s what we write books about.

Doing good in class is more about forgetting the bad stuff you’ve been taught than learning anything knew.

After you forget those poor strategies, you can almost just trust your natural instincts to get ahead but it’s absolutely essential you remove the indoctrination before you try to trust your instincts.

Good studying feels natural.

It’s easier than not learning.

That’s what we can show you how to do…

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How To Do Homework Fast (And Even Enjoy It)

Accelerated Learning Secrets First Written About In Shakespeare’s Times Reemerging And Being Conclusively Proven In Today’s Academic Journals

Professors Karpicke of Purdue University and Roediger, III of Washington University published an incredible paper that is making waves in the top rungs of Academia.

Colleges have taken pride in their ability to train the next generation of students for decades now. By subjecting their students to intimidating reading, long and immense lectures, and rigorous and unforgiving testing, they claim to have properly trained their graduates.

But modern research methods are calling those very claims into question.

You see… what these professors have discovered (and more are joining them every day) is shaking the very foundations of academia – all of the endless hours of studying, reading books, taking notes, and listening to endless lectures… doesn’t really teach students all that much – not even preparing them for the very tests they’re using.

The exact things that colleges and many professors have been encouraging are hindering students’ abilities to learn by occupying their time with ineffective methodologies.

Effective learning isn’t rocket science either….

“Francis Bacon wrote about these effective study strategies in the 1500’s – and the research is proving that we should have been listening to the preachers of this all along,” says Aaron Richardson, founder of Smart Student Secrets, a decade old, religiously followed, website dedicated to reintroducing these strategies to modern students.

“The reality is, the average university spends 4 years lecturing a student on what they could master in 6 months or less – if they used effective strategies.”

Confronting Mr. Richardson, I grilled him on the academic defenses of our country’s historic and prestigious Universities.

R: Doesn’t the work separate the wheat from the chaff? Give them work and those that best do it are better BECAUSE they worked harder to do it. The hard work itself is the target.

A: Assuming the wheat is the people that mindlessly follow directions and don’t have better things to do with their time… sure. But I’m advocating for the creative thinkers that are willing to challenge the status quo. They’re the wheat I’m giving my tools to.

R: But colleges say your strategies help you score higher on tests but not “understand” the material in a deeper way. Any response?

A: First thing, in academia, you’re judged on your ability to pass tests and answer questions – they have no other way. By their own standards, their strategies are worse.

Second, mull on any idea for a few years longer and you’ll have a deeper understanding of it. That’s the easy part. You do it every time you take a shower. The hard part is learning enough of the component parts to be able to mull it over. The sooner you do that, the sooner you can understand it deeper.

And one more thing…

I don’t really care if they criticize because the data speaks for itself. I advocate for the data their own studies are proving. They may be able to hide the truth for a while but it’s getting out and the longer they hold out, the worse it’s going to look for them – not me.

R: Mr. Richardson you have recently published a guide outlining his effective strategies in detail. It’s called, “How To Study Happier,” and has a 4 star review from students and some reviews making some pretty impressive claims. Right?

A: I’ve dedicated my life to helping students that are like the kid I used to be. And I guarantee that my book can help you get better grades – and if you’re not 100% satisfied with the changes then I’ll refund it completely. Show me one college that will do that for you!

R: So… Mr. Richardson, I’ve heard you’ve been taking some heat from academia over your claims.

A: For legal reasons, I have to keep my mouth shut on this one. All I can say is that I can’t guarantee my content will stay available much longer. Get it now or prices will be higher for legal reasons (if I can even keep the book available.)

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