Developing a Plan for Homework and Studying

Developing good study habits and positive attitudes will enhance the quality of a child's education, and build skills that will be used throughout life. Read on to learn more about developing a plan for homework and studying.

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After six hours in a classroom five days a week, it's natural for kids to want to play and relax. However, homework is an important part of a child's education. Children need to learn good study habits, time management, and the importance of sticking to deadlines and timetables.

Study Habits

During children's early years, homework is assigned to help kids review what they learned during the day, and also to gradually introduce homework into daily routines. During this time, it is necessary for parents to help children develop study habits and attitudes that will benefit them throughout their education. Children in secondary schools usually have heavier homework loads that typically last one to three hours daily. A foundation of good study habits developed during their early years will serve them well as the workload increases.

Time Management

Setting small goals allows kids to prioritize and plan their time. It also provides a sense of accomplishment when these small goals are achieved. When children are studying for exams, cramming the night before is ineffective. Instead, plan ahead and encourage kids to take breaks every half hour, or whatever seems appropriate for their attention span and learning style. Guide children when they are allotting time for various tasks and be sure to keep their goals realistic.

Be Supportive

Offer your child support whenever he or she needs it. Offer help when needed, but be careful not to complete their work for them. Be sure to praise children not only for their grades, but for their efforts. Constant encouragement and praise can make a huge difference in a child's self-confidence as well as performance in and out of the classroom.

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