After completing a periodic backpack clean out, taking a supply inventory helps students stay organized as well. Make sure there are enough pencils in the bag so your student doesn’t have to waste class time and lose focus trying to borrow one from a friend. Also make sure there are enough pens, paper and markers/highlighters. If a calculator is needed for class, place it in a part of the backpack where your student will find it and turn it on to check the batteries.
Has the following scenario ever happened to your student? They claim they have completed an assignment, but they cannot find it. The class then reviews the assignment but your student is not able to go over their work with the class and feels upset that they can’t participate in discussions. How about this scenario? Your student’s important papers end up being crumpled up messes. Y3K Tutor In Your Home tutors and classroom teachers notice frequently students anxiously looking through disorganized backpacks for missing assignments. This lack of organization often occurs with students that have executive function and ADD/ADHD issues. It is important to stay on top of this issue, as it can be the main cause of poor homework and classwork grades. Some students even use class time searching for items rather than focusing on their work.
Whether a student has organizational issues or not, their backpacks should be cleaned out and maintained at least every month if not sooner. It is essential that your student keep track of assignments, permission slips, notices and other items needed. Sometimes important papers are found buried at the bottom of the bag or placed in the wrong section.
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Texts, emails and phone calls can not only make homework time become longer, but may lower the quality and thoroughness of the work. In fact these distractions could cause 45 min of homework to be stretched out to 2 hours. Many kids (and adults) are addicted to checking social media and texts. As parents, it is up to you to help them remain focused on their work.
One way to do this is to allow them a 5-minute break after finishing an assignment to check their emails/texts/social media. Then have them go back to work on the next assignment. Allow them another 5-minute social media break and follow this pattern until all assignments are completed. Another take off on this idea would be instead of alternating breaks between assignments; you could have them work 20 minutes and then 5 minutes off. Follow the time pattern until all assignments are done. This will allow students to focus on schoolwork and satisfy the urges most people have to attend to their social media or texting.
If a student lives in two separate homes due to their parents being divorced, sometimes the moving back and forth can cause problems completing assignments. Sometimes children will leave textbooks at one house and forget to take them to the other parent’s house. A solution to this problem is to ask the school if your student can receive 2 copies of each book (1 for each home). This creates a lot less stress for the child and they will always have the resources they need at both homes.
The class website is an important tool for students. It allows the student to stay up to date with all happenings in the classroom such as homework, upcoming tests, projects, and special activities. It is important that your child reviews each teacher’s site daily. The teacher’s website is essential for students with executive function issues and have difficulty writing down their assignments or do not remember all or parts of a particular assignment.
Agenda books are great for recording and keeping track of homework assignments. The best agenda books to use are the ones that have the date and each subject printed daily. Y3K Tutor In Your Home strongly suggests that you stay away from the planners without the date and subject names pre-printed in each box. We have observed that the unmarked agenda books cause many organizational problems for students. If the subject names are not pre-printed, the students tend to focus on writing the subject name when they should be listening and writing the assignment. Or if students don’t bother to write in the subject name, they sometimes are not sure which assignments are for which class after they have written them. When dates are not pre-printed, some students will write assignments on various pages and have them scattered throughout the book.
The first question to ask yourself is, “Where does your child do their homework on a consistent basis?” Then ask yourself, “Where does your child keep their laptop, tablet, and/or cell phone while they are doing their homework?” If the answer to both questions is the same location, then this may cause a lot of problems. Students require a quiet place to do their homework without interruptions.
Some children (and adults) struggle with putting aside social media and texting, so it is up to the parents to monitor this activity during homework time. One solution is to have them do their homework within view such as at the dining room table. Another solution would be to keep all the electronics in a separate location when they are doing homework in a private room such as their bedroom or study room.
As a society, we tend to feel obligated to fill every hour of our children’s days with activities. Physical and creative outlets such as sports, art, theater and music are something every child needs, however not at the expense of their education. If school is suffering due to lack of homework and study time because of outside activities, some activities should be cut. Education must be the priority.
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