Too often homework instills fear and dread into both students and parents, however, it shouldn’t. Homework is an essential part of a stu
Too often homework instills fear and dread into both students and parents, however, it shouldn’t. Homework is an essential part of a student’s education. Homework, when done properly, helps students to develop study skills and increase the students understanding of class content. In addition, homework helps to build a positive academic self-image while fostering responsibility and independence. Unfortunately, homework can also cause unnecessary frustration, and lead to poor self-esteem. Luckily, the negative aspects of homework are preventable. Below are eleven tips to help students to be successful while making homework a priority.
- Limit Distractions– Create a homework zone for your student that is away from the T.V. and other places where there could be distractions such as pets, people coming and going and loud noises.
- Provide Tools-Make sure the materials your student may need are readily available. It’s helpful to have a stash of pencils, pens, paper, ect. available. In addition, it is useful to have computer access so that students can access online coursework for Canvas or Google Classroom. Check in regularly and make sure that any special materials needed for class projects are provided so their work will not be disturbed.
- Help Manage Time– Establish a set time for doing homework. Do not wait until just before bedtime to do homework when students are tired and easily distracted. Think about using a weekend morning or afternoon for working on big projects, especially if the project involves getting together with other classmates.
- Be Positive– The attitude you express toward homework will be the same attitude your child acquires. Make it a habit to tell your child that the work they are doing is important.
- Teach Don’t Tell– It is important that when asked for help you give guidance but not answers, that way your student learns the material and concepts. Remember that a lot can be learned from struggle and that too much help can teach your child that when the going gets rough, someone will do the work for them.
- Cooperate– Teachers will often ask that you play a role in your child’s homework. Make sure you are being an advocate for the teacher and follow their direction so you can show that school and home are a team.
- Foster Independence– Some homework is intended for students to do alone. Homework is a great way for kids to develop independence and accountability for lifelong learning skills.
- Communicate– Make sure you talk to your student’s teacher and understand the purpose of homework. Also, understand the class rules and expectations. Communicating with teachers is easier than most think. If you have questions, you can email or call the teacher.
- Build Metacognitive Skills– Help your student decide what homework is hard and what is easy, and then encourage them to work on the hard stuff first so they are most alert for challenging work.
- Set Break Time-Watch your student for signs of failure and frustration. Let your student take a short break if they are having trouble keeping their mind on the assignment. Build perseverance but set time limits to avoid burnout.
- Reward Progress and Effort– When your child has been successful and is working hard, celebrate success. Celebrations do not have to be elaborate; it could be as easy as acknowledging your student’s efforts.