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10 Homework Tips for Parents
Date 31-01-2014 | Views  1384



10 Homework Tips for Parents

by Vivek Singh | Jan 31, 2014

Parents have great role in student's academic growth. Though parents are not supposed to complete students' homework 100% but they should help their kids completing their homework. Below are some of the guidelines provided by U.S. Department of Education [1], and holds good for parents in India too:

General Homework Tips For Parents:

1. Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework.

Avoid having your child do homework with the television on or in places with other distractions, such as people coming and going.


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2. Make sure the materials your child needs, such as paper, pencils and a dictionary, are available.
Establish a set time each day for doing homework. Don‘t let your child leave homework until just before bedtime. Think about using a weekend morning or afternoon for working on big projects, especially if the project involves getting together with classmates.

3. Be positive about homework.
Tell your child how important school is. The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child acquires.

4. When your child does homework, you do homework.
Show your child that the skills they are learning are related to things you do as an adult. If your child is reading, you read too. If your child is doing math, balance your checkbook.

6. When your child asks for help, provide guidance, not answers.
Giving answers means your child will not learn the material. Too much help teaches your child that when the going gets rough, someone will do the work for him or her.

7. When the teacher asks that you play a role in homework, do it.
Cooperate with the teacher. It shows your child that the school and home are a team. Follow the directions given by the teacher.

8. If homework is meant to be done by your child alone, stay away.
Too much parent involvement can prevent homework from having some positive effects.
Homework is a great way for kids to develop independent, lifelong learning skills.

9. Stay informed.
Talk with your child‘s teacher. Make sure you know the purpose of homework and what your child's class rules are.

10. When the teacher asks that you play a role in homework, do it.
Help your child figure out what is hard homework and what is easy homework. Have your child do the hard work first. This will mean he will be most alert when facing the biggest challenges. Easy material will seem to go fast when fatigue begins to set in.

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Reference:
1. http://www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/involve/homework/homeworktips.pdf

About the author:
Vivek Singh is the founder and owner of BharatTutors. Founded in 2010, BharatTutors.com is one of the fastest growing online platform to connect students and tutors in India.

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