How to succeed with your literature homework

Most students in an English class don’t like reading things that the teachers assign them to read, and with good reason. Most ‘classics’ aren’t that interesting for some people, and although they might be an exemplary example of good writing, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily easy or fun to understand and to study. Students that have to write about literature in their classes might find it hard to focus on something they don’t care about, and procrastinate doing it.

Here’s how you can make your life easier and get this assignment over with:

  • Talk to your teacher – ask them every burning question you have, get as much information and ideas from them as you can
  • Ask other students what they’re writing about because they might be good at understanding it and can help you with your homework
  • Do you have a parent, aunt or other relative who is a writer or loves to read? Ask them to look at your assignment and get some help

After you have more information, you can make better decisions about your assignment. Start writing up an outline of what all the above people have told you and organize it. You can do this by relevancy to the theme of the literature, or by date, or another method that makes sense to you. The key here is organization, because you don’t want to waste time having to look for something you lost.

  1. After your outline is ready, you’re ready to start writing – get the first draft of your literature homework done as fast as you can
  2. Writing fast leaves you with as much time as possible before your deadline to spend on more important things like editing, checking facts, and making things better
  3. Get another person’s opinion: a fresh perspective is always a go-to because you can never see past the words you wrote to see the errors
  4. Check everything over with your teacher’s instructions. With each item that you’ll be marked on, find it in your assignment and judge whether you think you did a good job at that part and then move onto the next one
  5. Lastly, try to have fun with this in some form. Your enthusiasm (or lack thereof) will show through the words you write, and if you can find even one part of the literature that speaks to you and focus on that, your teacher will notice in a good way