Is homework regularly an issue in your home? There are many ways to help
your students to get into good homework habits without doing the work
for them. If you dread homework just as much as your students do, there
are ways to help make homework less stressful for everyone. Here are some
tips on helping your students to do their homework on time and independently.
Set Homework Goals
Discuss with your student their goals for the rest of the semester. These
can be as simple as turning in every paper on time or being more organized.
Decide together on two or three goals for homework this term and write
them down in a place where they are visible. Offer rewards for goals that
are successfully completed.
Perhaps part of the ongoing problem with homework is a lack of organization.
When students forget about assignments or don’t leave enough time
to complete the tasks at hand, it puts a lot of strain on everyone. Help
them to stay organized by starting a homework diary, or using a smart
phone app to keep track of tasks and due dates or even a whiteboard where
homework is written up; whatever works for you and your student.
Get into a Groove
The best way to ensure that homework is done on time is to set up a routine.
Start by examining your current routine and identifying the issues that
make homework a hassle. Is your student too tired because homework time
is set before bedtime? Do they need a break after school before starting
homework? Try to find the triggers that set off your homework problems
and formulate a new routine that helps to eliminate some of the issues
you are currently dealing with.
Does your Student need Help?
Sometimes part of the problem with homework is that your student feels
overwhelmed and confused. We all have a propensity to put off tasks that
we are intimidated by. Ask your students if they need a little extra help
or speak with your teachers for advice. An
in-home tutor will help your student to complete homework tasks and get a better understanding
of the material.
Create the Right Environment
Where is your student doing their homework? Are they being distracted by
social media, TV, music, or siblings? Create a homework station that is
free from distraction, well lit, in a well-ventilated area and where your
student is comfortable and has everything they need to complete the task at hand.
Don’t Be Too Helpful
Your student needs to learn to work independently, to complete tasks in
the assigned times and to be organized. Learning these skills will stand
them in good stead when they get to the higher grades and especially in
college. While you can help with tasks that they are struggling with and
you can help them to learn effective study skills and organizational skills,
you should be working to minimize your role in their daily homework assignments.