Homework Tips for Parents

 

If your child is struggling to complete their homework, there are several ways you can help. Here we have compiled our top tips from tutors and parents.

They may also benefit from the services of a private tutor. If you are considering this option, a member of the Simply Learning team are at hand to find a tutor suited to child’s exact needs in the next 24 hours.

1. Get Involved

Homework is the time where you can get the most interaction with your child’s schoolwork so seize the opportunity and get involved. Talk to their teacher, ask them what they expect from homework and how they use it in their classroom. You can always write notes in the margins or homework diary.

 

2. Find a Homework Area

Set up a designated homework area at home for your child. This should be free from distractions – whether that’s social media or meddlesome siblings – and be well equipped with pens, pencils and everything else they might need.

 

3. Stick to a Routine

Structure is vital for successful homework, that’s why it is key to set a homework time. You know when your child works best. Some need a break and playtime first, whereas others would rather tick it off the list early. Either way, ensure you find a regular time that suits your child.

 

4. Planning Makes Perfect

Not all homework is due the next day, use your trusty homework diary and help your child to plan longer-term projects so they don’t leave everything to the last minute. It’s a skill they’ll have for life.

 

5. Actively Motivate Your Child

You should never be doing your child’s homework for them. However, it’s a great idea to talk through the homework with their child. Not only does the act of explaining reinforce the knowledge that they have learned in the classroom, but also by displaying engagement you actively motivate your child in their work. They will want to impress you.

 

6. Foster Pride in their Work

Children should be proud of the work they have done at home. Put a piece of homework that gets a great mark on the fridge. Put a piece of artwork on the wall. Fostering pride in their work builds confidence as well as encouraging them to do their homework well.

 

7. Be a Role Model

As the old saying goes, you learn what you live. If your child sees you diligently working away, doing the accounts or even just intently reading a book, it normalises the whole process of homework for them. Often what you do can have a lot more influence than what you say.

 

8. Involve their Peers

Although it is important for your child to get used to working alone, a homework club once or twice a week with other children in their class is beneficial. Sometimes a classmate will be able to explain a tricky problem in a much more relatable manner than you. It also gives you an evening off!

 

9. Tell the Future

In Finnish schooling, much of the work of initial learning is done at home. Then in the classroom the teacher acts as a mentor, helping the children with the things they couldn’t understand by themselves. Although this hasn’t been rolled out in British classrooms, you can help you child to prepare for tomorrow’s lessons by skimming over the work in advance. This a is a great discipline to learn for life.

 

10. Seek Extra Help

If you find your child continues to struggle once you’ve followed these top tips, they may benefit from the services of a private tutor. When matched to your child’s exact needs, they can quickly restore their self-belief and get them back on track to academic success. If you are considering the tutor option, our tuition consultants would be delighted to discuss how your child could benefit.

For more tips on how to maximise your child’s learning, take a look at our Advice Guide for Parents.

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