Homework can be a pain– not only for kids, but parents as well. Homework time can be frustrating as a parent. How much can you help your child without taking over? Why isn’t your child getting it? And why isn’t your tutoring session tonight?! Here are some simple steps you can implement to help your child with his or her homework.
- Have a Plan: Create a plan; it’s never too late to start. Set out clear expectations with your child regarding ways you will work together to improve his or her learning and determine an appropriate homework schedule.
- Create a Homework Schedule: Research shows that a schedule can help to improve a child’s homework performance (and make your life easier). It is recommended that students have at least a 30-minute break after school before starting their homework. This break should commence when the student arrives home, and include no screens. The key is to be consistent with the schedule. Students should get a break from homework over the weekend, but should also have a regular time set aside to complete their work.
- Know When to Get Your Child Extra Help: Homework should be an extension of what was taught in class and should not take all night. However, if your child did not understand what was taught in the classroom, it is hard to pick up as a parent and dive in. Have your child take on some responsibility and go in early the next morning to talk to the teacher.
- Pick the Right Spot: We all have different preferences of where to work. Some people prefer an active environment, whereas others require complete silence. Mayzler recommends letting your child chose his or her place of study. It doesn’t matter where your child is working, as long as they are focused and in a spot that is “distraction-free”.
- Let Them Do Their Work: It is important for the teacher to see what your child is capable of doing on his or her own. They need an accurate measure of whether or not he or she understands the material. As hard as it may be, do not proof read everything and “accidentally” do their homework. It is recommended that parents check a few answers to ensure understanding, but the key word here is, check (not do).
- Create Consequences: Homework is your child’s responsibility – not yours. Having clear expectations and consequences can actually help your child to become more organized and accountable for his or her own actions.