Sometimes in The Sims 4, you might not feel like making a sexy vampire, trying to get a ghost pregnant or using cheat codes to get unlimited money (or to make your Sims die of embarrassment). No, sometimes you just want to raise a virtual child into a good, productive member of Sim society. To that end, you must make sure they do their homework and do well in school.
If you want your Sims 4 child to be a real overachiever, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to make sure your Sim grows up to be the gibberish-spewing adult you can really be proud of.
How to do homework in Sims 4: What homework does
According to Carl's Sims 4 Guide Community poster Pam Marsden, homework is part of the equation in getting your child Sim to get an A in their studies. Homework is a bit like a career for a Sim child, and normally takes a little over an hour and a half of game time to complete.
By doing homework, you help raise that Sim's bar faster. Eventually you'll gain access to extra credit once your child has a B grade in school, which allows you to raise your bar even faster.
How to do homework in Sims 4: Why it matters
Children, much like the adult Sims they become, have skills that can increase in level as you play. For children, these four skills are Mental, Social, Creativity and Motor.
Although you'll need to increase at least one of these skills to level two in order for that Sim to get a B in their studies, it's well worth it to invest the time into maxing some of those skills. For every childhood skill you get to level 10, your Sim gets a 70% boost to the rate at which they complete homework. Max all four for a 208% boost!
In addition, each child skill you max out gives you access to a few adult skills, so your virtual child can get a head start on their adult development.
How to do homework in Sims 4: How to speed up the process
In addition to maxing out childhood skills for a boost to their homework productivity, you can also enlist your adult Sims in their child's development, assuming they're related. Once a child has started doing their homework, you can have one of their parents assist them by clicking on the child.
As previously stated, homework normally takes about an hour and a half to complete, but with parental assistance, that time is cut in half. If you combined that with the bonuses from maxing the childhood skills, your Sims will be completing their homework at a seriously fast rate. Adults can also help their children with the extra credit work they unlock after completing their normal homework with a B. So take advantage of that.
Manage your time and skills training effectively, and your Sims will be more than prepared for high school and beyond.
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In The Sims 2, The Sims Stories, The Sims 3 and The Sims 4, children and teens get homework on school days. Failing to complete homework generally results in bad grades.
The Sims 2 and The Sims StoriesEdit
In The Sims 2 and The Sims Stories, children and teens will have homework in their hands after they get off the school bus. If possible, they will put the assignment on or by a desk, and seem to prefer the first desk that was placed in the house. If a student has unfinished homework, he or she will put the new homework on top of it. The player can tell the student to put the homework down by canceling the "Go to School" icon. Homework can be moved in buy and build modes, though it cannot be deleted. A child's homework will be brightly colored, but a teen's homework will be plainly colored.
Clicking on the homework gives the child or teen an option to complete it or ask an older Sim for help. An older household member, when the homework is clicked, can offer help with finishing the homework. A child or teen who is being helped with homework will finish it faster, and will gain the memory of being taught to study. This will fulfill the "Ask for Homework Help" want, and will allow them to do homework more quickly in the future. If Seasons is installed, students will do homework faster in the fall, or after drinking apple juice.
There is no time limit on homework in The Sims 2, but doing (or not doing) homework will affect a student's grades. A student who goes to school in a good mood with all homework done will gain a better grade. Students will not be penalized for going to school with one piece of incomplete homework, but going to school with more than one piece of incomplete homework may cause their grades to drop.[n 1]
Sims may have a want to do homework. This want will be fulfilled when they complete a piece of homework. This want will be fulfilled even if the homework they complete belongs to another Sim.
If a teen has unfinished homework when he or she is sent to college or becomes an adult, it will disappear.
The Sims 3 Edit
On school days, children and teens will come home with homework in their inventory. This is unlike The Sims 2 and The Sims Stories, where they would place the homework down. They can simply "Do Homework" on their own, "Do Homework With..." another friend of their age group, or "Get Help From" an older Sim on the lot. Sims can also do someone else's homework, or copy someone's homework if that person already did it, although this can cause after school detention. Sims may stop doing homework if they are hungry, tired, have the "Stressed" moodlet, or have a low bladder meter. Sims with Bookworm and Workaholic traits, as well as Logic skill get homework done faster, and the library is a good place to study. The level of Logic skill does not increase the rate of finishing homework; only one skill point in Logic is necessary. In Supernatural, vampires also do homework faster than normal Sims, and witches may magically finish it in a matter of seconds with a chance of being Singed. Homework is a hidden skill.
Students who skip homework or do not complete it on time will receive a bad mark in the Homework area of their school performance (This can be found in the 'School' section of the Simology panel) and may get detention. Students who complete their homework on time get a good mark in this section. However, homework can be finished while at school using the "Work on Late Homework" option. However, if the teacher catches them, they may get an after school detention. Good students grow up to be good adults, so it is important that young Sims maintain good grades. If a Sim has an A when they age up, the player will be able to choose his or her next trait.[n 2]
In Generations, children can bury their homework in the sandbox, but will receive a bad grade for doing so.
The Sims 4 Edit
Once Sims become a child or teen on-screen, they will automatically receive a homework book appropriate for their life stage in their inventory, whether or not they have attended school in the past. Children will have a yellow book labeled "Grade School Homework" while teens will receive a blue book simply labeled "Homework". When a student receives a B or above from school, they will be given the option "Do Extra Credit" if they have finished the homework by clicking again on their individual homework books. Children have the ability to receive help from adults. Unlike previous games, children who neglect their homework still have a fair shot at keeping their school performance high by completing other tasks such as maintaining certain moods or building skills. If a player's Sim misplaces a homework book or ages up to a child or teen off-screen, they can purchase a new homework book for §1 from a bookcase, or simply use another Sim's homework book. Unlike previous series, a homework book is not tied to a particular Sim.
- ↑Grades are adjusted according to the amount of incomplete homework remaining on the lot, and not whether the homework was actually completed. Thus, players can simply delete homework using the moveobjects cheat, and Sims will not be penalized for it.
- ↑If the School is deleted, then the player will get to choose their next trait if the Sim was in a Good Mood.