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by Jenflower Posted 15th Dec 2004 at 11:57 PM - Updated 19th Mar 2009 at 7:11 AM by Jenflower : Apartment Life version uploaded again after server crash
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HomeworkSometimesFasterFun - available for TS2, UNI, NL, OFB, Pets, Seasons, Bon Voyage, FreeTime and Apartment Life. Please read the installation instructions and select the correct file for your game.

January 11, 2009: The Apartment Life version is available. Feel free to download and test it in your game.

This versions is still considered to be 'in testing.'
I have tried it and it seems to be working without any issues. There is a chance, though, that I may have missed testing certain scenarios, so if you notice anything odd, please let me know! (This goes for the previous versions, too!) Thanks!


My purpose for creating this mod was to make school and homework for the teen and child slightly more realistic in the game. Please remember that this mod does NOT affect Young Adults in college.


Homework Sometimes
1: My favorite feature...homework will only be given occasionally. When the student gets off the bus and checks their report card, you will then see a message appear in the top right corner of the screen ONLY if the child has NO homework for that day.

1: Students with an A-, A, or A+ will finish their homework faster.
2: The homework speed increase is dependent upon the student's grade. An A- will get a 1 point boost, an A will get 2 points and an A+ will get 3 points.
(Note: Maxis also already has a number of speed boosts pre-built into the game - I will describe them below in the 'MAXIS SPEED BOOSTS' section)

1: Serious Students (those with their Playfulness Attribute of 4 bars or less) will get a raise in their Fun Motive while at school AND while doing homework. Nerds!
2: Any student who is being helped with homework will find that homework is not such a fun-sucker and their social bar will also get a tiny boost. (Fun won't necessarily go up, but you will notice that the bar won't shoot down as rapidly as it usually does).

For those who do not realize, the game already has some homework speed boosts built in. I have not touched or tweaked their numbers. For those of you who are interested in the tiny details, I have provided you with the information below. I believe I have covered everything accurately.
All Games
1 - There is a 3 point speed boost only when a student is being helped with their homework.
2 - There is a permanent 3 point speed boost after a student has learned how to study. (Check their memories to see if they have learned to study)
Seasons Only
3 - There is a 1 point speed boost when a student does their homework in the autumn (fall) season. Note: You will see fall leaves swirling around their head as they do their homework during this season.
4 - There is an extra speed boost if your Sim drinks the homemade apple juice before doing homework. (I haven't tried this in-game yet, so I'm not sure exactly what happens or how it works - I just know that it happens)

1 - The fun increase for serious students does not begin until the little blue progress bar begins to rise. The initial few minutes of homework are not fun, but as the homework progresses, so does the fun.
2 - The student's grade will continue to rise even though they don't get homework. Grades are more affected by undone homework and missing school. Mood might affect this, too. Any undone homework *will* affect their grade. Make sure they finish all the homework they receive.
3 - For those of you who are curious, a Sim will usually complete their homework in about 2 Sim hours when they do not have any speed boosts at all.
4 - When all the boosts are available (Learned to study, Autumn, A+, etc.) the Sim should be able to complete their homework in about 30 minutes or less.

Download the correct zip file at the end of this post.
The "BASE to PETS" file is for anyone who has one or all of the expansion packs up to and including Pets.
If you also have Seasons installed, you must use the "SEASONS" file instead.
If you also have Bon Voyage installed, you must use the "BON" file.
If you also have FreeTime installed, you must use the "FREE" file.
If you also have Apartment Life installed, you must use the "AL" file.

Make sure ALL other versions of the 'homeworksometimes' hack are taken out of your downloads folder.
Save the and 'unzip' it with a program like WinZip.
Put the .package file in your Downloads folder.
(C:/My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/Downloads)
Load the game and test it out.


March 1st, 2007: I noticed a month ago that TwoJeffs decided to add their own features to my mod and redistribute it there. I just want you to be sure that when you come to me with questions about the "homeworksometimes" hack, that you are asking about the one I uploaded here and not the one they decided to alter and redistribute. Do NOT use their version of my 'homeworksometimes' mod when you use the one you downloaded from here. The mod here is the most recent version and the only version of this mod that I support. Thanks!

Thank you so much to everyone who has given their feedback!
Let me know if I missed any compatibility issues. Have fun!

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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Field Researcher
#151 Old 28th Mar 2005 at 12:32 AM
i liked homework so should my sims, thanx
Lab Assistant
#152 Old 31st Mar 2005 at 11:35 PM
Thanks Jenflower. I can't wait to try this. I like my kids doing homework but it takes them forever and they lose out on other things.
Test Subject
#153 Old 1st Apr 2005 at 2:38 PM
Thank You! this will be so helpful to me! Great Job!!:D
#154 Old 7th Apr 2005 at 9:18 PM
Default Some Problems

I really enjoy your hack wth my family. It works fantastic. But I found out, that when I create a new familiy with teenagers, the teens don't improve their grades. They stay constantly at 3+ (I don't know if it's 3+ in the english version; I use the german version (so sorry for my bad English )), no matter if they are at good mood or if they have platin status.

I'm not sure if this hack causes this problem. I use it in combination with the nocheering hack. But I think that this hack causes the problem.

The problem is still there even if i removed the hack from the Downlod folder. So I'm quite confused. What could it be? Does anybody now???

Lab Assistant
#155 Old 13th Apr 2005 at 4:59 AM
Default for the prof
Are you having the parents help the kids with the homework? That should help them improve their grades with or without the hack. Hope it works. keke

"We just have to trust one another. I just don't see it working out any other way. Also...I can kill you with my brain."
Lab Assistant
#156 Old 13th Apr 2005 at 5:01 AM
I am so happy that this works with University. It was one of my favorite hacks and it's been hard not having it in the game. Most of my kids seemed ready to stick their heads in the oven after a grueling homework session. Redownloading pronto. THANK YOU
Test Subject
#157 Old 3rd May 2005 at 12:04 AM
Jenflower! I've made a swedish translation of this patch. Do you want me to give you the file so that you can add it to your official one?
Test Subject
#158 Old 8th May 2005 at 12:57 AM
Thank you so much for this "just right" hack. It works perfectly in my game and now my sim kiddies and teens have time for other having fun!
Test Subject
#159 Old 14th May 2005 at 3:21 AM
My Simmie children will love this!
Test Subject
#160 Old 15th May 2005 at 7:38 PM
This sounds good I'll try it! and I like turtles too (all animals to be exact) Thank you!
#161 Old 26th May 2005 at 10:04 AM
I have had this hack in my game for a long time and it works fine (even with the EP)...yesterday I tested out this hack with inge's reservable desk (so that the kids will put their homework on their own desk instead of the floor) and I get the pop-up thats supposed to say that the child doesnt have homework yet the words actually say something about global data (or something like that). But Inge said that it shouldnt interfere with it. Am I the only one having this problem? If not, is there some way to get them to work together?

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Admin of Randomness
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#162 Old 26th May 2005 at 10:29 AM
I'm currently using 'no homework' and I might well give this a shot. I simply thought the homework level in the game was unreasonable. Also, my families with multiple kids - one day I had it take ONE HOUR for the kids to all make it off the bus, I mean, give me a break :P

Field Researcher
#163 Old 3rd Jun 2005 at 2:22 AM
my stars thankyou! much more realistic!
#164 Old 19th Jun 2005 at 4:15 PM
Thanks for doing *your* homework, Jen and coming up with this hack. It always bothered me my kids hated school so much.
Admin of Randomness
retired moderator
#165 Old 20th Jun 2005 at 2:58 AM
JP's no A+ memory hack is for no A+ memory SPAM. The child gets a memory the *first time* they get an A+. They can also keep getting the A+ in aspirations and be awarded it, you just won't get a memory entry for every A+ after the first one.

Also if you have large extended families and they don't all know each other, the NoTelepathy hack will decrease the memories inserted for non-immediate family members.

Test Subject
#166 Old 30th Jun 2005 at 7:41 PM
wow this is good thanks
Field Researcher
#167 Old 2nd Jul 2005 at 5:28 PM
This is great, poor Lizzy won't have to keep finishing her brothers homework, he nearly has a tantrum with homework even after help. so a big hug and a thank you so much.
Test Subject
#168 Old 3rd Jul 2005 at 5:29 PM
That's awesome, great idea! Thx for sharing
#169 Old 4th Jul 2005 at 6:13 PM
Thank you so much! I hate when kids come home from school with no fun in them. And homework takes too long!
Test Subject
#170 Old 4th Jul 2005 at 6:50 PM
awesome! cant wait to try it!
Lab Assistant
#171 Old 8th Jul 2005 at 2:29 AM
Loovely! I love that things are so much more realistic now!
Test Subject
#172 Old 12th Jul 2005 at 1:33 AM
First time I tried this my kids wouldn't get on the bus and go to school - it kept dropping out of the que. I'm gonna give it another shot and see if maybe something else was going on ... I really want to use this! I'm so tired of always fussing with the homework, but I don't want to give it up completely. Wish me luck!
#173 Old 12th Jul 2005 at 10:47 AM
Good realism hack i dont want to defete the object of the game but homework at the moment sucks so this is gonna improve the game ea should thank you
Test Subject
#174 Old 19th Jul 2005 at 9:07 PM
OK I have a qrequest of something to add to it.

When in the Uni expantion a studant does a report and dosnt complete it you can click on them and an option come up so thay will go continu to do it.

I hate chaseing my teens all over the lot to get them to do there homework and see where thay dumped it this time(Magnus likes to dump his in the bathroom) so can you set it up to make teens go chase there own homework like young adults do?
One horse disagreer of the Apocalypse
#175 Old 23rd Jul 2005 at 12:13 AM
Jenflower, today I made a homework hack that gives the sim skills while they do their homework. Unfortunately I had to do it through the BHAV that's called something like "Sub - increment and exit" which of course means it clashes with your hack.

If you feel like doing a version of yours that incorporates my bit of code for skilling, if anyone asks, then feel free to do so. I didn't want to do it the other way round because your hack looks quite complex and I thought I might end up breaking it.

"You can do refraction by raymarching through the depth buffer" (c. Reddeyfish 2017)
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