Homework Tips

Homework Tips: Manage homework with ease

Does your child’s homework time transform your home into a mini battleground?  Are you apprehensive of your child’s indifference towards his/her homework? Don’t fret! With simple strategies and little patience, the arduous task called “homework” can turn into a cheerful exercise.

Homework itself is a topic of debate between parents and education providers, but majority of schools insist on this age-old practise. Some bit of academic exercise at home does benefit children. As you know, homework not only enhances your child’s memory and thinking power but also teaches to use time judiciously. It supplements your child’s study skills and motivates to work independently. It acts as a window through which you can observe your kid’s education and inject more zeal into the learning process. However, sometimes routine homework can be boring or too overwhelming for children. Instead of being a tool to unfold your child’s competency, homework may turn into a hassle for you and your child. If homework time is stressing you out, here are some homework tips to help your kids manage homework with ease.

Establish a congenial place to study

An ideal place for study is the one that is blessed with sufficient natural light and is devoid of noise and other distractions. Ideally, the homework zone should be away from toys, T.V and video games. A quiet and noise-free area creates the most congenial environment for mental concentration. Ensure that your child’s study corner is easily accessible, so you can peep in on the work and watch the progress.

Organize and personalize the seating and desk space

Study desk must have ample space to spread multiple books at a time. Make sure there is enough room to spread out.  An adjustable chair to fine-tune the height that goes along with your child’s needs makes study hours more comfortable. Put a thin Plexiglass sheet on the table so that your child can keep some pictures and artwork between the desk and the glass to personalize it. Provide a trash can next to the desk so that the desk is always clean and tidy. Stock up stationary and essential supplies on the desk to make it easier for your kids to reach out for things as and when required. It is advisable to use multi-draw storage unit for keeping pencils, pens, sharpeners, erasers, crayons, rulers, glue-sticks, graph papers, compass, protractor etc. Label on each draw according to the things stuffed in each, so it becomes easy to find the needed. Make sure your child makes the habit of placing things in right drawers to save time.

Prioritize the homework

If your children have many tasks to be accomplished, coach them to prioritize work. Advice them to start with the most difficult tasks. They may get fagged-out towards the end, hence complex work that needs much focus and attention should be prioritized over work that’s relatively simple and easier to accomplish.

Time management

Help your kids manage time effectively. Teach them to divide their homework into feasible fractions. Take help of a timer! Figure out the amount of time that must be devoted to homework. Gradually establish a routine and soon your child will get used to the fixed study time. Small breaks in-between can be refreshing. Munching on snacks or refreshing juices in the break time revives their concentration and energy. Plan your work and activities carefully. If your kids need your guidance or assistance for a particular task, then plan your time and work in a way that you are at leisure when your children need your help.

To-do list and wipe out technique

Try this technique, it really works!  Hang a white board near the homework zone and have your child make a list of homework to be done and then wipe it off the whiteboard as and when an assignment is completed. Children enjoy wiping out the homework item as it gives them happiness and sense of accomplishment. It bolsters up their enthusiasm and helps them look forward to homework.

Organize homework in folders

Create a folder for each subject (try using different colors and labels) and train your child to place homework into the respective folders once completed. This practise will not only teach children to be organized from a very young age, but also make them more independent and responsible in handling their work.

So, keep going! Plan effectively, work diligently, encourage them to be organised, appreciate their efforts and reward them once in a while! Soon your children will start enjoying homework time.

Contributed by,
Dr. Konidena. L

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