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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Bad Report Card? What To Do #6: Don’t Wait
Some skills taught previously are like a foundation that the rest of the school year is built upon. Often teachers assume certain math, writing, or reading skills already covered are known and move forward. If those skills are not learned, some students may get buried. Getting extra help or a tutor may be able to catch up your student before they fall even further behind.
Bad Report Card? What To Do #5: Check The Schedule
Are the demands of an excessive extra-curricular schedule causing report card grades to be low? Sports, music, and theater are just a few examples of time consuming activities students may focus on more than their studies. Sometimes there is not enough time in the day to meet the demands of their activities and put in their best effort on their homework. As a parent, you have the responsibility of examining the extra-curricular schedule and modify it if necessary so they have the time needed to do their homework and study.
Have your kids create a homework basket or box filled with all the supplies they will need. This will help avoid distractions along the way while trying to locate the items. The supply basket/box will keep kids focused on getting homework done rather than looking for something they need. This will help homework time go by faster.