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Effective Homework Strategies for Your Young Scholars

What parent doesn’t want their child to succeed in school. None that would admit to it, anyway.

But just as kids all learn in different ways and have different times and routines for completing homework assignments, we parents have just as many ways of helping – or figuring out ways to AVOID helping – them get their homework done correctly, and on time.

As such, we present the following guidelines for more effective homework strategies not just to help your kids, but help to you be more consistent in how you monitor their activity while ensuring that the time they spend doing homework is as fruitful as it can be.

Establish a set time for homework. If it’s at 5 PM, just before dinner, for example, that doesn’t mean it has to be the same time in every day. But it helps to have a standard, and then work around it as work schedules, after-school activities, and other circumstances warrant.

  1. X marks the homework spot. Pick a spot, with your child’s co-operation and input, where they can tackle any type of assignment with the fewest amount of distractions, and all the space they need to read, write a research paper, and so on.

  2. What about music? While TV and video games do not enhance the homework experience, music can be conducive to study time for some students. If, however, the music bothers other family members, then have your child use headphones.

  3. Homework time should be age and grade appropriate. If you’re unsure of how much time your child should be spending on homework, check with their teachers. Also, depending on the amount of time necessary to complete all assignments, allow for breaks when needed. After a certain point, continued study and concentration become counter-productive.

  4. You can’t check monitor homework unless you know what the assignments are. Depending on his or her grade level, ask your child either to bring home assignment sheets or write them down so they won’t forget, and you have some way of making sure all the work gets done.

  5. Share any concerns with the teacher. Just because your student is following an ideal homework protocol doesn’t mean they’re completing all work satisfactorily. If you spot signs of trouble, share your concerns with the teacher. Remember: homework should be a time of added learning, not of frustration or futility.

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