- Check with your school as to its homework policy. If your child is struggling with the amount of homework set, or you think he or she should be doing more, organise a meeting with the school to discuss your concerns.
- Decide with your child at the beginning of the year what time homework is to be done and where he or she will be doing it. Once your child reaches third grade, it is best to have an organised space where they will do their homework. It doesn’t have to be in their bedroom, but make sure all the necessary stationery and reference books.
- Don’t agree to having the TV or music playing while your child is doing his or her homework. It’s nothing but distracting and teaches a habit that will be hard to break when the NCEA comes around and there is much memorising to be done.
- Boys find it harder than girls to settle down to their homework. To help boys focus, set some boundaries, a clear work space, and goals, such as a time limit. By placing a clock near their work space and agreeing to a time limit, boys will then know how long they are expected to work.
- Tackle big projects with small steps. Together set a schedule for completing the project, taking into account other homework, extra curricular commitments and fun time. If you break it down into a number of smaller tasks the project won’t seem so overwhelming, and you won’t be left sitting up till midnight the night before it is due finishing it.