Homework Help, 6 Tips for Making Homework Effective
Updated: Mar 25
Sponsored By: The Brain Wave Center
If you ask any kid if they like homework, it’s pretty obvious that most would answer with a resounding – NO!
Although homework has been getting some negative attention since the turn of the century regarding its effectiveness; additional research has shown that the right type of assignment can enhance success in academics and on standardized tests. That all being said, there is still homework to be done.
And most parents would agree that it is not that easy. But remember, tell your child how important school is. The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child acquires.
Get into Routine
Allow some time to play and unwind after school, exercise, listen to some music, maybe even meditate, and have a healthy snack.
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Establish a Schedule
Set time each day for doing homework. Don‘t let your child leave homework until just before bedtime. Then get down to business.
Choose the Right Location
Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework. Avoid having your child do homework with the television on or in places with other distractions, such as people coming and going. Also, be close enough to help when needed, notice for frustration and fatigue and just be available for positive reinforcement.
Find & Organize Supplies
Make sure the materials your child needs, such as paper, pencils and a dictionary, are available. Ask your child if special materials will be needed for some projects and get them in advance. Sounds simple enough, but we often leave this important task until the last minute.
Try & Then Reassess
Don’t be discouraged when how you plan to set up homework doesn’t work at first. Move some items around, try a different spot, until a good compromise is found. This will be an ongoing and evolving process throughout your child’s life as a student.
What To Do About The Internet
If your school is like ours, much of the assignments include online access to resources: study guides, online assignments, practice tests, research etc. all found on the web. The temptation to morph into social media can be over-whelming. You could put an internet block on these sites. Or, have them earn screen time through good grades or even getting all homework done quickly (and accurately) well before bedtime.
If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Talk about it with your child’s teacher or counselor. Some kids have trouble seeing and may simply need glasses; others might need an evaluation for a learning problem or attention disorder. Altogether, be positive about their homework.
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