Homework Survival Tips
By Madison Smith, Blog Editor
Dealing with homework is a struggle students and parents face. As the school year moves towards the holidays, student focus lessens. Maintaining positive homework habits eliminate attention from slipping further at home. Accomplishing this daunting task can be made easier by following these homework tips.
Creating a positive place to work
Every student works differently, their environment should reflect that. Homework location should focus on the room being well-lit and exempt from any distractions. Keeping all distractions out seems impossible. To start; eliminate TV, loud noises, or phone calls. For the daydreamers, offer a change in scenery. Suggesting that they work in the home “office” where they’ve seen their parents go to accomplish work is a strong motive. Another great motivator is you! Set a good example by doing your own work while they are doing theirs.
Provide homework materials
After determining a homework spot, materials should be easily accessed from there. A plastic bin can make ideal storage. An added advantage is making these containers portable. Children who are room movers can easily take their materials bin with them. No more time wasted on searching for pencils! Have a separate bin where they can “dump” all their school things, eliminating any important papers from getting forgotten in the depths of their backpacks.
Homework sessions should begin with reviewing what work is assigned. From there, you can help your child prioritize their tasks. A good rule of thumb is to have the child begin and end with assignments they consider “easy,” sandwiching more difficult tasks in-between. Easy tasks will build their confidence before addressing the hard stuff. Ending with easy material will seem to go fast once the fatigue sets in. Incorporating schoolwork and events into a monthly calendar keeps track of due dates while helping to plan homework time around other activities.
Providing guidance, not answers
It’s important to allow a child time to decompress after an eight-hour school day. Allow ten to twenty minutes of down time once they get off the bus. Allotting time longer than this can lead to distractions. Build responsibility through assigning a time slot in which they need to start their homework. If they start on time, be sure to reward them, teaching and reinforcing the importance of time management. Once they’ve started, do not hover, especially if the teacher specifically states the child is to do the work alone. Help can be provided, through giving suggestions and explaining directions. Refrain from directly giving answers, for there is more benefit in your child thinking for themselves and making mistakes. Working alone develops lifelong learning skills.
Monitoring work allows you to keep tabs on your child’s school performance. It’s beneficial to catch any learning struggles early on. Maintain good relationships with their teachers and know what they are expecting from your child. If you are continuing to experience homework problems, don’t hesitate to get help. The solution can be as simple as needing glasses to see the board or requiring an evaluation to determine a learning disorder. Check out our testing options and reinstated HOMEWORK CENTRAL at Total Learning Centers to start overcoming school obstacles today!