We all dream that our sons and daughters have the self- discipline necessary to plan, organize, prioritize and solve their schoolwork without help. Well, you may have already realized that it’s not that easy! Do not miss the keys offered by our expert, Laura Lewin.
If you think that helping them with their homework is beneficial and you want to continue doing so, here are some tips:
- Create a routine
One of the first things we need to do is to develop a routine. Does your child find it easier to concentrate in the morning or in the afternoon? He tries to create work schedules based on what works best for him.
- Help him organize and prioritize
“What are you going to do first?” “How many leaves do we make today?” “Do you need anything in particular to complete that activity?”
- Prepare the workspace
To keep her from wandering off, make sure she has nothing missing in her workspace: from her notebook and supplies to a glass of water so she doesn’t have to get up. Also, turn off the TV, music, and anything else that might be distracting.
- Structure time into relatively short periods
Don’t get to the point where he’s so tired that he gets cranky. How about a little break? Plan ahead and combine concentration time with more pleasurable activities.
- Accompany him
The brain is social. We learn better in company. If your son is still young, accompany him, read the instructions, try to generate his interest. If he gets frustrated, encourage him: “Do you remember when last year it didn’t work out for you, you tried hard and you did it? Sure, you can now too!”
- Help him understand
As a mom or dad, you probably find it difficult to teach certain things or practice with your child. I share some resources that may be useful to you. Remember that each person learns differently. What works for you with one child may not work for you with another.
You can help them better understand the content through:
- Mental maps.
- Graphic organizers.
- flash cards.
- Questions and answers.
- study guides
- and of course, essay writing service.
Another strategy you can use is the Three Minute Break. At any time, you can stop and ask a question, such as:
- What have you found most interesting so far?
- What three things did you just learn that you didn’t know before?
- What word was key?
- What phrase helped you understand it better?
- Is there something that is not clear to you?
- What concept surprised you?
Another technique is the ” Leo-remember-review”:
- Your child reads content and then saves the reading material.
- He remembers everything he can and explains it in his own words orally or in writing.
- Review what you did not remember or what you misinterpreted.
On the other hand, if he has to read some content in a book, he will understand it better if before starting he tells you what he knows about the subject or searches for something related on the internet.