When it comes to doing homework, both parents and kids are stressed out. As you may have already noticed, it’s a lot more difficult than you think to persuade kids to study, especially after a long weekend or tiring spring vacation filled with fun activities. The good news is there are practices you can try out to make both your life and the life of you kid a lot easier.
Make better house rules
First thing’s first. You might want to limit TV time, and make that a house rule. When it’s time for homework, you should close the TV and compel your child to stay focused on the assignment they have to complete. After they’re done, you can allow them to watch TV, but no more than 1 hour. As for additional audio devices or radio, some studies have shown that there are kids that function a lot better when there’s music on the background.
Set up a homework perimeter
When trying to help your child with homework you might want to set up a clear perimeter for studying. Whether that place is their room, the kitchen, or the terrace, the key goal here is to make them feel comfortable. Try to eliminate distractions, and make sure your child has all the elements that he needs to do his homework, including pens, pencils, books, notebooks, and additional materials that they might use. Another great idea is to place a bulletin board in your kid’s room. These can be easily bought from a local hardware store. Encourage your child to use a pad or small book to write down assignments. This way there won’t be any confusion when assignments need to be handed to the teacher.
The key factor to academic success is regularity
If you want your child to develop a fondness for studying, you should emphasize on a key factor – regularity. Set up a standard time for supper, make it clear that once they’ve had their 15 minutes of rest following dinner time, it’s time to hit the books and do their homework. However, keep in mind that high-school students can study for up to 3 hours. Pre-schoolers on the other hand, can’t last for more than 20 minutes on a single task. It’s very important to allow your child to take a break every now and then.
Keep homework projects and study organized. Buy them a calendar and write down daily assignments in boxes. Let your child use colored pens to mark projects that have been completed or assignments that need to be done. This will remind them that they need to be responsible and not be late with finishing them. Encourage your child to:
- Take notes
- Learn to study and understand charts and tables
- Learn to skim and summarize material
- Learn to use his own words when summarizing a text
- Learn to make flashcards
- Learn to take notes
Rewriting and summarizing
Parents should encourage the kids to rewrite their notes over and over again. This helps them review what they’ve written. Colored markers can be extremely helpful as they can be used to underline essential information. Studies have shown that underlining essential information when skimming a text can help kids remember details a lot easier. Having a dictionary in the house is vital. However, you shouldn’t keep it on the shelf because your kids will completely forget to use it. Place it somewhere in plain sight, on the table in the living room or on their nightstand.
Help boost your kids’ confidence before a test
All students hate exams. For some, the mere idea of a test can be traumatic. However, if you teach them to study during the day, with at least 5 days before the day of the exam, they will feel a lot more confident. Explain to them that all-nighters are not at all productive, and that it’s very important to sleep at night.
Helping your child study can be extremely demanding. But then again, the best thing that you can do is to have patience with them. Don’t pressure them, or worse, punish them for not studying. Be understanding, and at the same time explain that learning for a text and exceling in school is very important for their academic success later in life.