Hints from Experts: Homework Help for Parents

Children should understand that what they do is important, and therefore parents should take an active interest in their homework. This does not mean that they should spend hours helping their children solve math problems; but rather demonstrate general support, explain how to improve organizational skills, help them deal with tricky tasks, and encourage them to take breaks. Some hints from experts are designed to provide necessary homework help for parents.

  1. Learn the teachers’ requirements.

    Do not avoid going to school and talking to the teachers, because this is the only way to understand what they are looking for. There is nothing wrong if you ask how you should be involved in the homework.

  2. Create a comfortable homework workspace.

    Talk to your child and figure out where he or she feels comfortable doing homework. Make sure that nothing will distract him or her, and all the supplies are within reach. Ensure that the TV is turned off, and family members do not bother the child when he or she studies.

  3. Set a regular time for doing homework.

    Some children need to take breaks, have snacks, play, or exercise before doing homework; while others prefer doing it as soon as they come home from school. However, you should avoid studying late in the evening, because your child is tired and therefore works slowly.

  4. Explain why planning is important.

    You should teach your child how he or she should plan what assignments to do first, what could wait until the next homework session, and what tasks are easier to complete after you split them into several parts. It is also necessary to plan small breaks every hour and check what is done at the end of each homework session.

  5. Ensure that your child does his or her own work.

    It is only possible to learn something if you do it yourself. Making mistakes is an integral part of studying; learning is not an easy job to do, so everyone makes mistakes. You should demonstrate that you are there to help your child deal with hard tasks and correct mistakes.

  6. Help your kid and motivate him or her.

    It is fine to ask about tasks, assignments, tests, and quizzes. Encourage your child to learn and receive good grades. Try to be available when he or she is doing homework so you will be able to answer questions, check the assignments, and help find needed materials.


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