Helping Children with Schoolwork
Here are 20 things that you can do to help your child succeed academically:
- Determine your goals and expectations for the school year and discuss them with your child.
- Establish a daily or weekly check-in routine.
- Teach your child good study habits and check that they are being used.
- Go over your child's homework if necessary. Don't give answers but direct attention to mistakes.
- Explain the consequences for lack of effort and be consistent about enforcing them.
- Be a cheerleader! Acknowledge and reward logical or creative thinking and good effort.
- Be a resource for questions (Possible responses: What do you think? Why don't you try it?)
- Help distinguish potential pitfalls and strategies avoiding them with your child.
- Ask for explanations of answers. Your aim is to have your child monitor his own thought processes and identify what works and what doesn't.
- For writing projects, teach your kids how to brainstorm, map out concepts, and make outlines.
- For big exams or papers, encourage your child to start early. Emphasize the benefits of planning and organization rather than cramming and doing damage control.
- Create partnerships with your child's teachers. Use them as a resource.
- Get quality school supplies for your child.
- Be an audience for oral presentations.
- Help create mnemonic devices for memorization (Songs also work).
- If your child is afraid to talk to the teacher, practice role-playing.
- Read to, with, and around your child.
- Give real life examples of why math, science, history, etc. is useful.
- Model making mistakes and taking them in stride. It's all part of learning.
- Keep the joy of learning alive in your own life (Use NYC to learn outside classroom!)
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