Homework and Study Skill Strategies
Organize Assignments Right Away:
· Write down assignments – Clearly record each assignment and when it is due in assignment book. A calendar can be used for planning big projects.
· Use post-it notes - Your child can attach them to books he needs for homework. At the end of the day, everything with a post-it note goes home.
· File papers – Divide a binder into sections for each subject. Include an area for finished and unfinished assignments. Use a filing system at home for saving homework, handouts, and tests.
· Make “to do” lists – Each day, your child should have a list of tasks to complete during study time. Crossing them off will help him stay organized and feel a sense of accomplishment.
· Put books or bookbag by the door – If your child’s schoolwork is organized and by the front door each morning, he’ll avoid searching for it - or forgetting it altogether.
Set up a study spot:
· Well lit – Ask your child to select a favorite well-lit study spot.
· Quiet – Hang a “Do not disturb” sign. This means no interruptions.
· Comfortable – Make sure your child is comfortable. Some children like to study at a table, while others like to sprawl out on the floor.
· Neat – It is hard to study in the middle of a mess. Shelves, files, and desk organizers can make a big difference.
· Stocked – Make sure your child has all the supplies he needs, such as pencils, paper, a dictionary, etc. This reduces disruptions and preparation time.
· Attractive – Let your child make his study area pleasant for him.
TIP: Encourage your child to study in the same place at the same time each evening. Children will become conditioned to this routine.