helping your teen focus on homework
Posted : September 8, 2011
Last Updated : August 19, 2015
According to ACT research, students who spend less than six hours per week at home doing homework are nearly twice as likely to be low achievers as high achievers (33% vs. 18%). As a parent, there are some practical ways you can help your student succeed.
Set clear goals and expectations. Ask your teenager's counselor or principal what the "typical" amount of homework is each night. Sit down together and work to carve out at least this amount of time in the family schedule.
Set up a proper study area. To achieve homework goals, students need a proper study area. To make it easier on your student — and to avoid procrastination and excuses — choose a quiet, private area. The fewer distractions, the better. Set up a desk that's well stocked with school supplies. You will want to keep plenty of supplies on hand in order to avoid any last-minute dashes to the store. Be prepared with common supplies, such as:
For projects, keep on hand:
Live by the credo "Work before pleasure." Make it clear to your teen that studying must be completed before watching television, surfing online, or beginning social time. Explain that this doesn't mean rushing through assignments. Rather, it means that homework takes priority over other activities.
Step in when needed. If your student is struggling — whether it's with comprehension, time management or study skills — show your support. If you cannot help resolve the problem, ask school administrators and teachers for their assistance. Consider tutors if needed.
Homework is important. Not only does homework enhance new skills and concepts for which there isn't time in the classroom, it's your opportunity to become involved in your teen's learning. For more information, visit ACT's online pages Homework Motivation and How Schoolwork Applies to the Real World.
Source: ACT Parent