There is a marked difference in a child’s homework when his/her parents take an active interest in it as opposed to when they don’t. Although kids need to be given space to work on their homework on their own in order to encourage them to learn on their own, a little help is always welcome.
Of course, helping with homework shouldn’t mean spending hours hunched over your child’s desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organization skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging kids to take a break. And who knows? Parents might even learn a thing or two.
Here are a few tips on how to help your child organize his/her homework.
1. Set up a regular study time routine
Figure out what time of the day your kid is most productive, and then set a schedule for him/her to study/work during the same time every day. Encourage him/her to stick to the schedule.
2. Set up a study area
This is something that is unique to each child, and if your child works best with an area of the house set up especially for study, then go ahead and set up a study area.
3. Know what the teachers expect from homework
Sometimes, children might not understand exactly what they have been asked to do, so they might need help in figuring out what their teachers have asked them to do. It would also help if you meet the teachers in order to understand how they want you to be involved in your child’s homework.
4. Help them plan their course of action
When they have a huge load of assignments and homeworks to do, help them plan their schedule well in advance and break their work into manageable pieces.
5. During homework time, keep the distractions to a minimum
Switch off your TV and use your phone in another room, if you need to. If you’re disciplined, then your child will also learn to be the same.
6. Don’t pamper them
Let your child do their homework by themselves, and interfere only when they really need your help. Most of the time, homeworks are doable all by themselves, but kids try involving their parents just to lessen the burden, but you need to be ahead of the game.
7. Set an example
If your kids see you being punctual about your work, or being diligent about your budget or enjoying your work, then your kid is most likely to follow.
8. Praise them when you need to
If they do something right, if they ace a test or if they finish their work beforehand, appreciate their efforts and encourage them to keep up the good work.