How To Spend Less Time On Your English Homework


If you’re a high school student, then you probably have homework almost every single night. In addition to the six to eight hours you spend in school, you’re also dealing with several hours per week of homework, further taking away from time that you could be spending with your friends or on your hobbies. English homework can be particularly time-consuming. You probably have to read a substantial amount of text, much of it dull, dense, or otherwise largely uninteresting. You’ll also have numerous short-term and long-term writing assignments to complete. Between doing your English homework and taking care of assignments for other classes like science, math, and history, it might feel like you hardly have any spare time for much of anything except sleeping.

Fortunately, there are some strategies that you can use to get your English assignments done as efficiently and quickly as possible, freeing up as much time as possible for other subjects, extracurriculars, hobbies, and socializing with your friends.

  • Budget out your time. Try to set aside a certain amount of time for schoolwork at home each day, preferable around the same time daily. English assignments tend to be long-term endeavors, like reading a novel or writing an essay. Try to budget some time to work on English work a little bit each day, ensuring that you finish it bit by bit before it’s due. For example, if you’re reading a book, try to read each chapter over a certain amount of time before you’re quizzed in class, or before you’re required to have read a novel in its entirety.

  • Take time with writing assignments. Writing assignments don’t have to involve all-nighters if you use your time wisely. Try to work on an essay a little bit each day, starting with brainstorming and outlining and eventually writing parts of the rough draft of the paper itself. That way, you’ll get it done without ever having to spend too much time all at once.

  • Look for help if you’re having trouble understanding something. If you just can’t tell what’s going on in part of the book you’re reading for class, take advantage of any resources you can to get some clarification. Trying to puzzle it out on your own is time-consuming and will often go nowhere. Try asking a classmate who’s good at English, or search online for plot summaries and other materials that can help you better understand the material. This doesn’t mean you don’t need to read the book yourself, of course, but there are many resources out there that can help you get a firmer grasp of the plot, themes, motifs, and other elements in a piece of literature.