Increase your child’s chance of having a good school year by learning how to help him with his homework. Unless he is exceptional, leaving him to his own devices won’t work. You’ll just end up having the same argument with him you have every year over why his grades are low.
Step 1. Make a plan.
How does your child learn? Is he visual or hands on? Find out and plan his homework around this process. For example, for a visual child, you can use pictures from old magazines and a drawing board to illustrate your point. By using a method that best aids your child in learning, your sessions will go easier.
Step 2. Set a time.
Don’t leave your study time up to chance. Help your child with his homework by setting a specific time period for hitting the books. The earlier you get going, the better. You should begin doing homework right after dinner (if you eat at 6:00 pm) before he starts playing video games and you get too tired to assist him.
Step 3. Call teachers.
Unfortunately, some children (mainly boys) won’t bring home all of their homework assignments. For this reason, you need to contact your child’s instructors and get copies of the study plan. Ask them at the start of the year so you can follow along and spot times when paperwork is missing. Also, don’t be too afraid to rummage through your child’s book bag to make sure he hasn’t misplaced an item.
Step 4. Tweet reminders.
Help your child with his homework by taking advantage of social sites. Tweet him reminders to turn in his homework or to do some last minute cramming for a test. If he’s like most young people, he’s on Twitter every five seconds. As a result, you know he’ll get your message.
Step 5. Stay committed.
For the best results, you’ll need to sit down with your child at least four times a week and go over his homework. Although this kind of habit may make you feel like you’re back in school too, you’ll at least know how well your child understands his subjects. This way, he’ll never get too far behind.
Step 6. Get outside help.
Some children need outside help to succeed in school. When you see the signs – he’s way behind or the homework is over your head – get him help. Find a tutor or friendly relative who can step in and give him the kind of assistance you can’t.
Use these six steps and your child will do better in school this year. All he needs is the guidance from a parent like you.