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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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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
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!

      Global Mods: Mods that change the way the game works without requiring any user intervention.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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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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Lab Assistant
#176 Old 31st Jul 2005 at 3:34 PM
Nice! :D
Test Subject
#177 Old 21st Aug 2005 at 9:05 PM
Originally Posted by petallotus
Thanks Jenflower, I will test it out. U r right homework should be a little more realistic because not everyone hates doing homework.

I agree I like doing homework. Unless its hard then I'm like : :confused:

I'm not weird :jk:

Hey! My name is Tasha. :D
Field Researcher
#178 Old 2nd Sep 2005 at 12:28 AM
I 've already tried it and it's awesome!!! thanks alot for sharing!!! ^_^
Test Subject
#179 Old 2nd Sep 2005 at 12:13 PM
Wow, what an excellent idea! Thankyou, I can't wait to try it out!
Field Researcher
#180 Old 3rd Sep 2005 at 3:09 PM
I've been using this for awhile now and really like it.
Field Researcher
#181 Old 5th Sep 2005 at 7:14 PM
Okay well ive had this hack for a couple months now and never found anything wrong with it but recently some weird stuff has been happening. Sometimes the kids wont bring home any homework but the popup for no homework doesnt come up...and when my teenager turned into a teenager and started getting out of school at 1 instead of 3, my other child (not a teen) started coming home from school at 1 too! Has anyone else had this problem...The only new things i have downloaded are some careers and some foods, thats all...could a career be conflicting with this? The ones i have for teens are socialwork and architect. The rest are all for adults so i doubt they would have anything to do with school things.
Field Researcher
#182 Old 13th Sep 2005 at 3:04 PM
The only thing I"ve had happen all along is sometimes I don't get a popup saying no homework, but usually when alot of stuff is going on in the lot at the same time. I don't have the time problem though.
Lab Assistant
#183 Old 5th Oct 2005 at 12:07 PM

Thanks for the update regarding compatibility with NL. This is very helpful.
Field Researcher
#184 Old 29th Oct 2005 at 2:06 PM
Nice! Sometimes, I hate homework. But only sometimes. I can't stand that little pests always wanting attention, so, when it happens, it's nice to have some homework to busy them! Heheheh!

Nice job!

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. (Oscar Wilde)
Test Subject
#185 Old 25th Dec 2005 at 3:53 PM
This is one of the best hack i have seen. thank you
#186 Old 29th Dec 2005 at 1:03 PM
Thank you very very much for this great work. Me and My Sims kids love it!!!
Lab Assistant
#187 Old 10th Feb 2006 at 6:44 AM
Yes! Thank you do much! I've been waiting for this hack again! I'm so happy to have it for NL again!!!
Lab Assistant
#188 Old 6th Mar 2006 at 3:20 PM
This has been my fav hack forever and I wonder if it is compatible with OFB?

Welcome to my sites for Free Downloads

Test Subject
#189 Old 7th Mar 2006 at 3:21 AM
I also wonder if anybody tested it for OfB, as I have seen many Bugs till now I´m afraif to test it myself, cause I tried another hack myself and had to re-install game because of a total out there want to share his or hers knowledge?
Test Subject
#190 Old 7th Mar 2006 at 11:12 PM
For some reason, it's not working for me in OFB. But most of the hacks I enjoy using don't work. I'm hoping there will be updates for all of them! ^_^
#191 Old 18th Mar 2006 at 7:56 PM
Hey, sounds like a great it comatible with Inteenimater?
Test Subject
19th Mar 2006 at 4:01 PM
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#192 Old 27th Mar 2006 at 10:50 PM
works in OfB for me.
works with inteen as far as i am least it did for me before i had to remove the inteen for OfB
Systemic Anomaly
#193 Old 30th Mar 2006 at 4:35 AM
Originally Posted by T_eeZer
Hey, sounds like a great it comatible with Inteenimater?

Yes, it is.
Test Subject
#194 Old 31st Mar 2006 at 10:42 PM
Thanks great idea i hate homework as well because it takes most of their night away and you cant go out anywhere untill they have finished there homework i have been looking for something like this thanks.
Test Subject
#195 Old 23rd Apr 2006 at 3:50 AM
So is it safe for OFB or not?

Systemic Anomaly
#196 Old 23rd Apr 2006 at 5:56 AM
Yes, it's safe.
Top Secret Researcher
#197 Old 2nd Nov 2006 at 1:29 AM
Is there a chance for this mod will be updated for pets? As I can recall, they add the ability for pets to eat homeworks, so let say i decided to use this, will it conflict with that function?
Lab Assistant
#198 Old 22nd Nov 2006 at 10:03 PM

Test Subject
#199 Old 26th Nov 2006 at 6:10 PM
Will this hack ever be updated for Pets, or is it compatible with pets already?
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