9 hints for helping with homework
From practicing multiplication tables to doing online research to completing at-home projects, meaningful homework assignments reinforce learning, increase student achievement, and encourage your child to become an independent, self-directed learner. Here are a few hints for helping with homework.
- Provide your child with a well-lit, distraction-free place to do homework. Avoid the distractions of TV, loud music, phone calls, and Instant Messaging.
- Keep study tools and project materials— such as paper, pens, pencils, sharpener, dictionary, and poster board— on hand.
- Help your child learn to use an assignment notebook, and to prioritize the evening’s
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- Read directions carefully before starting a paper or project.
- Look for similar examples in textbooks or notes.
- Review class notes at the end of each school day and highlight “big ideas.”
- Use an assignment book or student agenda.
- Post big test and project dates on the family calendar.
- homework, tackling the toughest work first. A planning calendar will help your child keep an eye on long-term assignments.
- Set aside daily homework/study time, keeping in mind regular after-school activities, and sports or music practices. Try to schedule homework time earlier in the afternoon or evening so your child has some free time before going to bed.
- Even if your child doesn’t have an assignment, planned homework time could be used for review or reading for pleasure.
- Remember, you’re the advisor, not the homework assistant. It’s OK to help your child work through a tricky math problem, but she should be able to complete most assignments independently.
- Talk to your child’s teacher if the work regularly seems either too hard or too easy. If your child is struggling with homework, he may be struggling with classwork, too. A student who isn’t challenged by his homework may not be getting the intended benefits of academic reinforcement and extended learning.
- Some homework— reading aloud or studying for a spelling test—needs your direct involvement. Make time to show your interest, help where appropriate, and check homework when needed.