Homework plays a key role in a child’s learning. Through homework and study, a student can read, review and reflect on the concepts taught in class, allowing him to develop a deep understanding of content. We have put together a list of healthy homework habits for your teenager and show how you can help him make the most of home study.
1. Keep it organised
Between homework, friends and extra curricular activities, teens have plenty to juggle. It is natural that some things might slip through the cracks. Being organised helps your son to be on top of his responsibilities, especially with schoolwork. Here are some ways you can help your son to manage his time:
- Create a calendar - teach your son how to use a calendar to keep track of all his homework and assignments. Each class can be assigned a different colour on a calendar, and your son can make a list of all that’s due in the coming term or semester.
- Create a weekly planner – this breaks down information to make a study plan for the week. Have your son include all his responsibilities and appointments and allocate enough time for each task.
- Create a daily checklist – this will help your son to keep track of his day and to see how much progress he is making. Because not all homework is due the following day, a daily checklist can help your son understand what’s required of him for that day or evening.
2. Keep it consistent and structured
Have your son find a time every day to work on daily assignments. Every boy is different – some boys do better if they complete their homework immediately after school; some do better after time to rest and unwind. Others, however, are better off when they’re given guidelines, such as, “No video games until all homework is done.”
Having a consistent routine is essential for homework. Work out when your son’s concentration and willingness to complete his homework is at its highest.
Setting up a designated homework space at home can also be very helpful. It’s a good idea to set up somewhere that has good lighting, air and space. By assigning an area free from distractions – such as social media, television or even excited younger siblings – your son can focus more effectively. Equip the area with supplies such as pens, pencils and everything else he might need. Read The necessities for an efficient home study space for more information.
3. Keep it positive
As parents and role models, the attitude you express toward homework will be the attitude your son acquires. Encourage your son so he understands that the work he does is important. When your son is successful and is working hard, celebrate his success and reinforce the effort he put in to achieving those results.
Homework isn’t always easy. Your job is to help your son develop a positive approach to academic and organisational challenges.
Have a read of our blog on ways to motivate your son to do his homework.
4. Keep it independent
Homework is intended for students to do by themselves. It’s a great way for a boy to develop independence and accountability for lifelong learning skills. Although there will be times when your son will need help, ensure that you’re not doing it for him. Research tells us that giving your child too much help can actually hinder their confidence and skill development.
Try not to offer your help before they ask; rather, wait for them to ask you. This will boost their confidence in completing homework without adult help.
Ultimately, ensure that you are coaching and not doing. When it comes to homework, it can be helpful to think of yourself as your son’s coach. You can support him by creating the right time, environment and approach for homework, but doing the work itself is your son’s task.
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