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Ten Helpful Homework Tips

By Adrianna Savvides, Psychealth Junior Academy

Involve your child in the decision making process, agree on a set time and place to study on a daily basis. Remember that in order for two people to cooperate together, they need to feel like they are working towards a common goal.

With your child……

1. Make a list of things you need to accomplish either on a weekly or daily basis (depending on your child’s work load). Assignments, studying for an  exam/quiz/test, or preparing for a project, and/or learning lines for an upcoming play..etc.

2. Stick to your schedule as much as you can. And if anything changes, try to compensate for that time by setting another date. Remember to jointly agree on this time.

3. Your outlook on this time is important and will be contagious- so if you look forward to this time with your child, your child will feel the same way too.

4. Begin by discussing what you have to accomplish each time. What material do you need and what are the areas you need to look further into. For instance, if you have a math homework, that requires you to go back to your 4th grade math class (Don’t’ be afraid to admit that you don’t remember something), your child will appreciate your honestly, and in fact, help you remember what you seem to have forgotten over the years.

5. Learn to communicate- be honest, work towards solving mysteries together. If you don’t’ know something, look it up together. Encourage your child to become his/her own learning detective.

6. Split time- if you have allocated two hours for studying together, take short breaks in between and do something fun, like share a bar of chocolate, or a small snack. Laugh about your shortcomings and talk through what is still waiting to be accomplished.

7. Be committed- don’t lose momentum, some habits develop over time and they need patience and dedication. Teach your child, that you are committed to helping them, and they will in turn learn, that they need to be committed to their time with you and in finishing up their tasks.

8. Laughter- bring laughter to your time together, laugh about stories you read, facts you learn, and things you uncover along the way. Make learning fun and light.

9. Create a suitable environment- pick a place in your house that is the least busy in terms of human traffic and noise. Make it fun! Put up a bulletin board, and give it a title. Let’s say (my learning board), post any work you have completed and that is graded at school, to show case your child’s accomplishment and learning curve. Use colors and stickers.

10. Praising- learn how to transform a negative comment into a positive one. Teach your child that it’s ok to make mistakes, because mistakes teach us crucial and important lessons too.

By learning how to adapt these ten helpful tips, learning can be highly achievable and also time is well spent with your child. REMEMBER, that when you invest time for your child, you are also investing time in building up your relationship and bond with them in the long run. You will always be remembered as the fun and loving mother that is both giving and nurturing at the same time.

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