How to Make Homework a Game

Do you hate homework and find it a tedious chore that sits at the bottom of your to-do list? Do you find it moderately evil?


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    Write a list of all your homework.
    • A good way to organize your list is by subject and in the order your day proceeds. If your first subject is science, mark science as a category and write all your science homework under it. Then do the same for math (or whatever subject you have next), etc.
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    Get all your homework together and put it in a pile in the order you want to do it.
    • Doing the hardest assignments first will make the rest seem easier, while saving them for last only makes them seem even harder when you finally get around to doing them.
    • Put what you want to do last at the top and what you want to do first at the bottom. It will give you motivation to finish the boring subjects first, and move on to the better, funner ones.
    • If you have too much homework to stack up in one pile, make two or even three piles, but make sure they don't crowd your workspace.
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    Collect the supplies you'll need, such as a calculator, ruler, pencils, drawing paper, or anything else you know you'll need to complete all of your assignments.
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    Create a lore for your epic game of doing your homework.
    • For example: 'You are an agent of the CTU {(Counter Terrorist Unit) (like Jack Bauer in 24)}. _______ (imaginary name) is a threat to national security. He/she has obtained _______ (nuclear weapons, masses of nerve gas, tear gas, or another WMD- Weapon of mass destruction) and plans on using them in _______ (densely populated city). You must stop him by ______________ (insane scheme with no chance of working that will save the country from this awful villain).'
    • This is obviously only an example. There are an infinite number of possibilities. You could go back in time to the medieval times and fight an impossible war, struggle to become president/emperor/king in modern times or in history, stave off an alien attack, colonize Mars, be the first to stand on the surface of the Sun or another star, etc, etc, etc.
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    Sit back and continue the story in your mind. When you get to the climax (giving the pep talk to your knights, in the final election, in the spaceship to the sun, etc) stop and dive into your homework. Work as quickly and accurately as possible.
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    Once you have worked for an hour, give yourself a ten minute break. Fifteen even, if you've got the time to spare, but no longer than that. Do something active for a little while, like jumping jacks or jogging around the house, then settle in back to your work area and take the plot of your game a little farther.
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    Continue in this way until you have finished your homework. Reward yourself by finishing the story and giving your game-self riches and prestige. If you wish, next homework session, be it tomorrow or next week, you could continue with this story, giving your character a new challenge to overcome. Or you could start fresh, with a whole new series of untapped adventures waiting.


  • If your attention starts drifting remember the bad things (in the game and in real life!) that will happen if you don't do your work on time.
  • If you feel like you are constantly getting distracted, see if there is a more secluded place for you to work, or if you can close the door or talk to family/friends to keep them away from you while you work.
  • You could try adding an unexpected twist to hold your attention longer, or you could set a timer with a buzzer and create a (game) punishment if you do not finish a specific assignment, group of assignments, or subject by the end of the time.
  • Don't be afraid to get imaginative with your story; there is no surface on the sun, but there is on your world.


  • The only exception to the above rule is if you are working on the computer to type an essay or another such activity. If so, stay off the internet, and if you must research, stay close to your task and don't go off on a tangent to some other web page no matter how interesting it is!
  • Keep the TV, radio, computer, and other distracting electronics off while working.
  • Avoid checking the clock every five minutes, because time will seem to flow slower if you are keeping track of it closer. Also, you may start a habit that will pervade other parts of your life. While doing a fun hobby, you don't want to keep checking your watch or a clock, because others might think you aren't enjoying yourself.
  • When your homework is done, remember that this never happened, because it's pretty embarrassing to think you're saving the world from aliens when you're really just crunching numbers!

Things You'll Need

  • List of homework
  • Pens, pencils, ruler, calculator, etc (see Step 3)
  • Homework assignments
  • Homework additives -Optional- (textbooks, extra paper, family nearby for quick tips, etc)
  • Candy or some sort of sweet (to reward yourself afterwards)

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