How parents can help their children do their homework

Posted on Tuesday, 3/19/2013 5:00 pm

Faculty software may be able to help teachers keep track of the lesson plans they design for their students, but it cannot make kids complete required homework assignments. While instructors can provide their students with tips for getting their homework done on time, parents can also help make sure there are no more excuses for not completing assignments.

If students are having trouble completing their homework or getting assignments in on time, parents may want to try a few of these strategies. Any one of them may be just what students need to start taking their homework seriously and get their assignments done on time:

Create the perfect homework station
Every student learns and works differently. However, kids may be more likely to complete their assignments if they are in the right work environment. The Nemours Foundation suggests creating a workspace that is well lit with plenty of supplies within reach. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) recommends students work in a quiet area that is free of distractions. As a result, any room where there is a noisy television going or people moving back and forth is not the ideal homework space.

Establish a set time for homework
One of the best ways to ensure students are getting their homework done is to set aside a regular time each night when they complete assignments. DOE advises parents not to let their children put off homework until right before they go to sleep. If kids have to complete a major assignment, they should consider setting aside some time on weekends. Nemours recommends students break up more involved assignments into smaller chunks that will be more manageable in the long run.

Work at the same time as children
Doing homework may not be the most fun activity, but it is essential if students want to do well in school. Parents can set a good example for their kids by doing their own work during times set aside for homework. According to DOE, parents can show their children that the skills they are developing at school will serve them throughout life. For example, if students are working their way through a math worksheet, their parents can spend time balancing their checkbook. Overall, it is important for parents to have a positive attitude when it comes to work, as kids may emulate their mother or father's attitude.

Reward hard work
When students do a good job on their homework, high grades may be their reward. While parents may not be able to provide their kids with high marks or extra credit for a job well done, they can still show they support their children's efforts. Sometimes, it is the little things, like posting an A+ paper on the fridge, or taking children out for pizza, that can make all the difference in students' approach to completing homework assignments.  







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