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 at the school. Sit down together and work to carve out at least this amount of time in the family schedule.
A place for everything and everything in its place. When people don't have the tools to do a job, they can't do it. To make it easier on your student — and to avoid procrastination and excuses — choose a quiet, private place that's well stocked with school supplies. Be sure to keep plenty of supplies on hand in order to avoid any last-minute dashes to the store. Be prepared with writing paper, a ruler, a stapler, a dictionary, and a thesaurus. For projects, keep on hand poster paper, paint, and anything else your child might need. A flat surface and good light complete the space. The fewer distractions, the better.
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