For some, English class is the easiest to deal with amongst all other coursework. It’s just reading and writing once you strip it down to its basic elements, right? Sure, moving on to high school or collegiate English courses, the reading requires more precision and the essays more introspection, but some students would take that over Calculus any day. Unfortunately, you aren’t one of these students, and a little help with your homework in English would be much appreciated. Well, not to worry. Here is some advice to guide you along the way through some tough grammar or literature assignments.
How to Deal with Homework for an English Class in No Time
First, which kind of English homework tasks have you been assigned? Is it to practice complex grammar and syntax rules? Is it to memorize different citation styles, right down to the punctuation? Or is your English class to read and analyze a piece of literature or rhetoric at length? English and reading often coincide with each other in these kinds of courses, but some techniques work better for one than the other.
Don’t get distracted. Get started on it as soon as possible so you can finish as soon as possible. Keep the TV off—keep the phone on silent or at least vibrate.
Read all instructions carefully.
Don’t get discouraged if a question or task troubles you. Do the best you can and ask your instructor for help later.
Repetition is a common attribute of English homework sheets. Don’t get annoyed. Instead embrace it, since the more you find the dangling modifier or adverbial clause in a sentence, the easier it will be for you when the test comes around.
Make sure you don’t mix up the names of things. Often, you have learned how to edit or revise a phrase, sentence, paragraph, etc., but how or why you did it escapes you because you can’t place the name of the rule or name of the part that’s been changed. Keep the relevant grammar rules and phrases nearby, so you don’t get them mixed up.
Reading/Literature Analysis Tips
If your English assignment is more on the reading comprehension side of things, take notes as you read. Whether it’s a chapter from a classic novel or a section of a politician’s speech, note as much as you can that stands out. This makes answering the questions easier later.
If the work is simply too long to read, since you are human and have other course assignments to attend to, become a good skimmer. Know the places where the author’s key points appear. This is especially important for the more rhetorical readings, as the authors tend to give you the topic or subtopic, add details or anecdotes to support the topic, then reiterate the topic before moving on.
If you are a student who can’t stand English homework, hopefully, these guidelines will help you through it.