Pain-Free, Tear-Free Homework Tips!

When kids think of homework, they think of boring assignments and drudgery. But homework doesn’ have to be boring at all! In fact, it can be a very fun experience. Every parent in America seems to have a hard time now and then getting children to do homework: their child is tired after a long day at school and the majority of their effort and attention is spent. Luckily, here are a few general tips that will help make homework fun!


Use the Reward System

Kids love rewards; especially toys, games, treats, etc. So, when parents or teachers announce that they can go to a “treasure chest” and pick and choose anything that they want, then they are happier and want to work. So, the most effective way to do this is to set up the reward system where if the child does their homework willingly and without any fussing, then they get to choose their type of reward that they want from the reward system. The rewards could be coupons such as “1 day exempt from chores” or a new pack of markers or pens. Let them enjoy the gratification that comes from doing their work, and eventually they will enjoy that feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction more than expecting a reward.


Goal Setting

Goals are usually set in each classroom where children are learning and they must adhere to their goals. At home, you and your child can set up the goals that you want. Work with your child to think of goals that they personally want to cover in their homework time. Write them out and display them in their designated “homework space” as a visual reminder. The aforementioned Reward System is useful here: if they achieve a goal, then they receive a reward. Be sure to set short- and long-term goals. A good short-term goal would be “review vocabulary flashcards.” A typical long-term goal would be getting all homework done before dinner time five nights a week.


Doing Homework in Chunks

Homework is best done when there are small breaks in between sessions. So, when your child gets home from school, it is best to let them first get settled. Then, put a timer on for about 20 minutes for homework time. When the timer goes off, let them take a fifteen minute break, then work for 20 more minutes. Breaking up the time makes longer tasks more manageable, especially for younger students or older students who do not like homework.


Practice these tips and in time, your child’s dread and distaste for homework will be replaced with practical study habits and personal motivation.


Written by Marcy H, Novastar Prep English tutor


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