Less Homework, More Coursework

Homework. Whether you loved it or hated it, you couldn’t get away from it.

photo by TheAlieness GiselaGiardino
photo by TheAlieness GiselaGiardino

At university, much of your coursework is similar to homework. You do it in your own chosen time, outside of lectures/seminars/tutorials, and with particular deadlines.

New research has come to the conclusion that age and gender differences play a part in how students complete their homework. Younger students seemed to prefer working with friends and outside the home. Older students were happier on their own, in the house. Girls, regardless of age, were more stressed working on their own, preferring to work with friends. Boys, on the other hand, weren’t as interested in working with others.

At uni, you have far more flexibility over your study environment. That includes whether or not you work with other people, when you choose to study, and where you wish to do the work.

Because coursework is like an extended type of homework, it pays to examine what situations work best for you. Surrounded by quiet fields or in a loud and busy setting? With others or away from the rest of the world?

If you found homework a hassle and you’re struggling to find coursework much better, a change of setting may be all you need to alter your attitude for the better.

Not all study is equal. Be sure to set aside time to discover what study environment works best for you. Keep improving it the whole time you’re learning to make sure you don’t grow complacent.

The more you enjoy your work, the less you’ll think of it as ‘homework’.

6 comments

  1. I must admit, most of my studying and essay assignments were done during the early hours of the morning, fuelled with lots of caffeine. Perhaps it’s not the best strategy for all, but it got me a 2:1 so hey, i’m satistifed 🙂

    Andy

  2. Thanks for the links to both the study and the piece on finding one’s optimal study environment. Successful study habits are ultimately a personal decision – conscious, constructive choices that need to be made every day – but the more tips and information students get, the better!

    1. Glad you liked the links, Marisa. You’re right; ultimately, you can only help yourself. Someone can be given all the advice in the world and it comes to nothing if they refuse to implement anything.

  3. As I read there are builders in the units next door and traffic whizzing by. My coursework was submitted with an hour to spare, though I had neglected to meet a couple of criteria. Lucky me has another 24h to resub; a quieter neighborhood would help so methinks I’ll wait till evening to do that edit.

    1. I hope you found that quiet evening, Char! Good to hear you had time to resubmit too. It’s another reason I worry about the last-minute rush to get something in the minute before deadline hits.

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