How parents can help with homework

Not all of us will have the means to go in for e-tutoring or even private tutoring. But by applying these sets of homework tips early in your child’s school years, you will help your child establish the habits your child needs to be successful throughout the school years.

• 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.

• Make sure the materials your child needs, such as paper, pencils and a dictionary, are available.

• Ask your child if special materials will be needed for some projects and get them in advance.

• Help your child with time management.

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.

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.

When your child asks for help, give guidance, not answers. Giving answers means your child will not learn the material. Too mu-ch help teaches your child that when the going gets rough, someone will do the work for him/her.