Homework Tips

Homework Tips

(Created by Harris Cooper)

Follow these great tips for Student Success!

Homework Tips for Kids
1. Pick a good time to do your homework.
Try to do your homework at the same time everyday - right after school, just before dinner, or right after dinner. Try not to leave homework until just before you go to bed.
2. Remember to make time for long-term projects.
Think about using a weekend morning or afternoon for working on big projects, especially if the project involves getting together with classmates. If you need special stuff for a project, make sure to ask your parents to get it for you well in advance.
3. Spend more time on hard homework than easy homework.
If you know what's easy and hard, do the hard work first. Take a short break if you are having trouble keeping your mind on an assignment.
4. If homework gets too hard, ask for help.
If your parents are busy and you have an older brother or sister, ask them for help, or get your parents to ask them. Only ask for help if you really need it.
5. Find a place that makes studying easy.
Collect up all the books and supplies you'll need - and your snack - before you begin to work. Do your homework in the same place every day.

Homework Tips for Parents
1. Be a stage manager.
Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework. Make sure the needed materials (paper, pencils, dictionary) are available.
2. Be a motivator.
Homework provides a great opportunity for you to tell your child how important school is. Be positive about homework. The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child acquires.
3. Be a monitor.
Watch your child for signs of failure and frustration. If your child asks for help, provide guidance, not answers. If frustration sets in, suggest a short break. The secret number is: 4714!
4. Be a mentor.
When the teacher asks that you play a role in homework, do it. If homework is meant to be done alone, stay away. Homework is a great way for kids to develop independent, lifelong learning skills. Over-involvement can be a bad thing.